Graduate Studies
Master of Science in Nursing

We are a leader in nursing education! The Cedar Crest College Master of Science in Nursing Program is a logical extension of its undergraduate degree program, which is renowned in the region for its academic quality.

Benefits of the Cedar Crest Experience

Ready for a few more great reasons to apply to Cedar Crest College now? Check out these real-life benefits:

A Flexible Schedule

The program is designed to accommodate the schedule of today’s professional nurse. Complete the program in only two years with class attendance one night per week. (Note: Candidates may also choose to apply as a non-degree visiting student and take a maximum of 6 credits from the nursing CORE courses. Upon completion of those credits, students must apply for admission.)

Small Class Sizes

Classes are capped at a maximum of 20 students, which means that each student receives more individualized attention.

Specialized Program Degrees

You can also choose the specialty that suits your professional interest—our Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator tracks. In both tracks, students can emerge as leaders in their fields—armed with a broad understanding of local and global trends in nursing and healthcare.

Nursing Education. A M.S. in Nursing from Cedar Crest with a focus on nursing education provides the skills to help you prepare the next generation of nursing professionals and advance current health care professionals, as well as health care consumers. You will learn to create effective learning environments for clients and students to achieve desired outcomes, assess and evaluate client and student learning, formulate programmatic outcomes and design curricula, function as a change agent and leader, engage in scholarship, and recognize how societal forces impact the role of the nurse educator.

Nursing Administration. With a M.S. in Nursing from Cedar Crest with a focus on nursing administration, you learn to understand and evaluate the impact of nursing decisions on the health care organization; apply your knowledge to improve organizational effectiveness; learn to lead and manage a diverse human workforce; develop collaborative relationships within health care systems, the community and academia; and facilitate change within health care organizations.

Emphasis on Industry Best Practices

A curricular emphasis on Evidence Based Practice prepares you to investigate, translate and integrate current best practice in your areas of specialization. In the final semester, students develop an Evidence Based Practice project with guidance from an expert faculty supervisor. A maximum 4:1 ratio ensures individualized attention for each student.

A Strong Clinical Focus

We encourage students to further their clinical expertise while developing skills in the specialties of nursing education or nursing administration. Individualized clinical experiences are streamlined for working professionals.

Top Facilities

The Cedar Crest College nursing department’s facilities are housed in the Hamilton Boulevard Building—a brand new, state-of-the-art facility that is one of the finest of its kind in the region. The 33,000 square foot building includes:

  • Three state-of-the-art, multimedia labs, including a health assessment lab, a maternal and pediatric lab, and an adult health lab
  • A fully equipped nursing unit that simulates a hospital environment
  • A simulation center, with two adjacent computerized learning mannequin laboratories, and a separate control/observation room
  • A community health lab set up to replicate a home-care environment
  • Convertible classrooms and a conference room that seats 300