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MVNU launching online Master’s in Nursing program in September

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — A new master’s degree program at Mount Vernon Nazarene University will open the door to career advancement for nurses with a bachelor’s degree.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree is a 19-month online program that will prepare students to teach in academic and clinical settings and have a voice in staff and policy development. The program was approved by the Higher Learning Commission on May 5 and the first class will begin Sept. 21.

“We have enjoyed a solid nursing program at MVNU for several years. In fact, nursing is our largest major,” said MVNU President Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II. “The MSN will allow our best graduates to pursue a graduate program and prepare for leadership in the workplace. It will also allow others who desire a graduate nursing degree offered with the context of vital faith.”

Students in the program will receive online instruction, with six-week courses, in advanced nursing practices, nursing role development, building curricula, designing programs and courses, among other subjects that will prepare nurses for their next level career. In keeping with the mission of MVNU’s Nursing and Health Sciences, faculty will guide students to apply Biblical principles within a professional healthcare context, analyze and build solutions from subjective and objective data, and deliver nursing care in response to actual and potential health issues. 

“At MVNU, the nursing programs develop professional nurses who focus, holistically, on the body, mind, and spirit. This is consistent with MVNU’s mission and results in nurses who provide care not limited to the physiological aspect of a patient or client’s needs,” said Dr. Carol Dorough, Professor of Nursing and Dean of School of Nursing and Health Sciences. “The nursing programs are academically rigorous, but there is a strong emphasis on the caring aspect of nursing.”

Nursing education concentration courses will focus on development, assessment and evaluation, and nursing education practicum, preparing students careers in healthcare and nursing education; as a nursing instructor or faculty member; or as an occupational health nurse.

“Beyond teaching about best practices for nursing, the MVNU experience strives to provide a positive, whole-person impact on students as well. The addition of the MSN provides opportunities to prepare experienced nurses with greater opportunities for reaching others with the love of Christ than ever before,” said Dorough.

HLC’s approval of the program follows an arduous process to not only create curriculum, but to meet the demands of HLC approval.

“I would like to acknowledge the many hours of work that Dr. Carol Dorough, Dr. Judy Gregg and the entire nursing faculty gave to the successful application to offer the MSN,” said Spaulding.

For more information, or to apply, click here.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education both in-seat and online to more than 2,200 students from 34 states and 14 foreign countries.

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