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What is unique about EMU’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program?

Leadership and Management Concentration

Nursing is rapidly evolving as a profession along with health care in general. Graduates of a master of science in nursing leadership and management program can find jobs in the following areas: 

Leadership and School Nurse Concentration

The program is consistent with current Pennsylvania state and national school nurse standards and guidelines. It focuses on health care management for school-aged children and is designed to prepare registered nurses to meet the health needs of children of all ages in diverse school settings. Graduates of this program meet the requirements for a Pennsylvania certificate as a Level I Educational Specialist-School Nurse. However, school nurses from states other than Pennsylvania will find the program beneficial as well. 

Graduates of a master of science in leadership and school nurse concentration can find jobs in the following areas:

School Nurse Certification Program

EMU Nursing offers a School Nurse Certification Program (SNCP) approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The purpose of the School Nurse Certification Program is to prepare registered nurses to meet the health needs of children of all ages in diverse school settings. This postbaccalaureate program consists of 12 credits of coursework, including a practicum, leading to a certificate as a Level I Educational Specialist-School Nurse in Pennsylvania.

Courses are offered online. This certification program can be taken as part of the MSN with the leadership and school nurse concentration or independent of the MSN. For students wishing to pursue an MSN, the certification program provides an easy transition into the MSN Leadership and School Nurse concentration. Since courses are offered online and in a blended format this program can be accessible to all nurses from any state

Upon completion of the School Nurse Certification Program curriculum, students who are RNs in Pennsylvania are eligible to apply for the School Nurse Certificate (Education Specialist I) issued by the Pennsylvania (PA) Department of Education. The PA DOE requires conversion to an Education Specialist Level II certificate within six service years as a Certified School Nurse.