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Master of science in Nursing (MSN-FNP)

The Clarion and Edinboro Universities' Master of Science in Nursing- Family Nurse Practitioner  Program (MSN-FNP) improves access to care in Western Pennsylvania's rural and urban underserved areas by educating nurses to provide family-focused primary health care in those communities. Non-clinical courses are provided online to increase remote students' access to NP education.

Why choose the Clarion and Edinboro Universities' MSN-FNP? 

U.S. News and World Report has ranked Clarion University and Edinboro University's online Master of Science in Nursing program at No. 35 for 2019. The ranking is based on factors such as graduation rates, academic and career support services offered to students and admissions selectivity. Clarion and Edinboro have offered the MSN degree in a regional consortium since 2001.  The MSN program has made the top ranking list for the past six years.

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Post-Master's Certificate Programs

If you already hold a master's degree in nursing, options include a Post-Master's Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner, or a second master's degree in the FNP concentration.

Students who successfully complete the MSN-FNP or Post-Master's FNP Certificate Program meet eligibility requirements to sit for the FNP national certification exams administered through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


MSN Questions?

Dr. Lana Smith, Professor
MSN Program Coordinator
+1 814 393 1613

Kimberly Crusan, Clerical Support
Clarion campus
132 Ralston Hall
+1 814 393 1851

MSN Application Procedures & Materials
MSN Student Handbook
MSN Program Information Sheet
Program Outcomes

Click here to determine if the Department of Nursing is authorized to enroll online MSN-DNP from your state.

Note: Students who are not enrolled in the program but take individual classes that are included in the curriculum are subject to course surcharges. 

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The Master of Science nursing program at Clarion and Edinboro Universities MSN Consortium at the Clarion and Edinboro Campuses located in Clarion and Edinboro Pennsylvania is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE,
Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Master of Science nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by ACEN regarding this program at the ACEN website.


Congruent with the missions of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Clarion University, and Edinboro University, the mission of the MSN Program is to provide an affordable, accessible, quality graduate education in nursing which prepares graduates as advanced practice nurses


The vision of the MSN Program is that students and faculty will be responsive to the needs of a dynamic health care system as they contribute to the welfare of the region, state, and global community through scholarly activities and advanced nursing practice. The Clarion and Edinboro Universities MSN Program will provide the foundation for a life-long process of personal and professional growth as well as for post-graduate education.”4.


  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Excellence
  • Leadership
  • Social justice
  • Self-mastery


The terminal learning outcomes for the Clarion and Edinboro Universities’ MSN- FNP and Post Master’s FNP program are to prepare advanced practice nurses to

  • Synthesize established and evolving knowledge from nursing, the sciences, and humanities into advanced practice nursing.
  • Incorporate professional/legal standards and moral/ethical values into a culturally sensitive practice.
  • Provide advanced nursing practice that reflects critical thinking and effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Appraise and assimilate theory and scientific evidence to investigate and evaluate practice-based issues.
  • Demonstrate awareness and responsiveness to systems-based practice through advocacy, collaboration, and effective use of resources.


Last Updated 9/16/21