Department of Nursing

West Chester University

930 E. Lincoln Highway, Suite 100
Exton PA 19341-2848


MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing)



Starting in the fall of 2014 the MSN program will offer two options: Nursing Education and Adult-Gerontology CNS.  Students can complete the MSN curriculum on a full-time or a part-time basis; however, all requirements for the degree must be completed in six years or less. The course format for both MSN programs offers a mixture of hybrid and online learning. On-campus courses are held in the late afternoon or evening hours. The online courses offer synchronous and asynchronous formats to enable working professionals the flexibility to pursue a graduate degree while still maintaining their full-time employment.

Graduates of this program may seek employment in educational settings, acute or long-term care settings, or community health care agencies. The MSN curriculum of West Chester University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2019.

Curriculum Information:

Both nursing education and adult-gerontology CNS share eight core courses which include the following:
NSG 530 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice (3 credits)
NSG 531 Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Organization (3 credits)
NSG 532 Pathophysiology for Advanced-Practice Nursing (3 credits)
NSG 533 Physical Assessment for Advanced-Practice Nursing (4 credits)
NSG 534 Pharmacology for Advanced-Practice Nursing (3 credits)
NSG 535 Population-Based Health Promotion/Epidemiology (3 credits)
NSG 536 Evidence-Based Practice Research (4 credits)
NSG 537 Ethical Decision Making in Healthcare (3 credits)
Students in the nurse educator track take eight core component courses (26 credits) and five courses in nursing education (15 credits, which includes one practicum course) for a total of 41 credits. After completing the nursing education courses, students in the nurse educator track are eligible for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nurse Educator Certification Exam.  The nurse educator courses include the following: 
NSG 541 History and Philosophy of Higher Education and Nursing Education (3 credits)
NSG 542 Curriculum Development and Design in Nursing Education (3 credits)
NSG 543 Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education (3 credits)
NSG 544 Teaching Strategies for Classroom and Clinical Settings (3 credits)
NSG 545 Nursing Education Teaching Practicum

Students in the  adult-gerontology CNS track take  the eight core component courses (26 credits), six courses in adult-gerontology (17 credits), which  includes 504 clinical hours for a total of 43  credits The adult-gerontology CNS program enables students to be eligible for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification Exam.  The adult-gerontology courses include the following:
NSG 551 Advanced Nursing Practice I (2 credits)
NSG 552 Advanced Nursing Practice II (3 credits)
NSG 553 Advanced Nursing Practice III (3 credits)
NSG 554 Theories of the Aging Process (3 credits)
NSG 555 Differential Diagnosis in Older Adults (3 credits)
NSG 556 Health-Illness Transitions (3 credits)

Admissions Process:

The MSN program accepts applications for both the fall and spring semesters.  Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  Applicants should submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Studies:
• Completed graduate application, including goals statement (apply online at
• Official academic transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended, demonstrating a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or better, with successful completion of the B.S.N. and courses in statistics and physical assessment
• Documentation of current clinical experience and current RN license
• Two letters of recommendation
• Application fee

RN applicants with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please go the Graduate Studies page for more information on our program and how to apply.

Please check the Graduate Catalog for complete descriptions of the MSN curriculum, courses, and requirements.

For additional information or questions contact:
Cheryl Schlamb DNP CRNP
Department of Nursing
Graduate Coordinator
West Chester University
(610) 436-2219

See the Graduate Studies page for information about programs, open houses, fees, and deadlines


Updated: 12 August 2014