Contact: Allison Goodin, College Relations Associate – Media, 610-740-3790


Info Session to be Held June 25, 2008

Allentown, PA (June 10, 2008) – Cedar Crest College announced today that it will offer a new Master of Science in Nursing program beginning in the fall semester of 2008.  This program joins the College’s other master’s degree offerings in education and forensic science.  An information session about the program will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 for prospective students.

The Master of Science in Nursing program at Cedar Crest College is designed specifically to accommodate the busy schedule of today’s professional nurse and can be completed in two years with class attendance one night per week.  Students will choose from two focus areas that best suit their professional interests and goals – nurse educator or nurse administrator.

“For 30 years, the Cedar Crest Nursing Department has been educating the next generation of nurses and has grown exponentially over the years,” says Dr. Wendy Robb, director of the graduate nursing program.  “The Master of Science in Nursing is a logical extention of our successful undergraduate degree program, which is well-respected in the region for its academic quality.”

The goal of the program is to create leaders in both focus areas armed with a broad understanding of local and global trends in nursing and health care. 

Students who choose to focus on nursing education will be provided with the skills to help  prepare the next generation of nursing professionals and advance current health care professionals, as well as health care consumers. They 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.

Students who choose to focus on nursing administration will learn to understand and evaluate the impact of nursing decisions on the health care organization; apply 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.

A curricular emphasis on Evidence Based Practice will prepare students to investigate, translate and integrate current best practices in their area of specialization.  In addition, The program’s strong clinical focus encourages students to further their clinical expertise while developing skills in the specialties of nursing education or nursing administration.

The Master of Science in Nursing program will take advantage of the department’s new state of the art facilities located in the Hamilton Boulevard Building, which includes 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;  and a community health lab set up to replicate a home-care environment.

Interested individuals can attend an information session at the College on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hamilton Boulevard Building.  A space at the session may be reserved by calling 610-740-3770 or emailing graduateprograms@cedarcrest.edu.


For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3770.


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