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MSN Earns National Accreditation

Master of Science in Nursing degree offers online and in-person tracks.

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The Master of Science in Nursing program at Montclair has earned national accreditation.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Montclair State University has been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

The preeminent accrediting agency in the country for nursing programs, CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of nursing curricula through a rigorous self-examination process involving consumers, employers, students, faculty, staff and members of the University community.

Earning the designation positions Montclair’s School of Nursing – and its graduate students – at the forefront of the industry, and recognizes the program’s ability to prepare graduates to provide the highest quality of care.

“This accreditation provides our MSN graduates job market competitiveness and the ability to advance their education in nursing,” says Janice Smolowitz, dean of the School of Nursing. “We are grateful for the input, feedback and contributions from members of the University community, as well as our partners in the local community. CCNE is often referred to as being the voice of academic nursing by ensuring program accountability to the community of interest, so we recognize the importance of receiving this recognition.”

Montclair’s online MSN degree program is one of the most flexible and affordable in New Jersey, and prepares registered nurses for advanced practice in administration, education and clinical research.

Students enrolled in the online MSN program will be eligible to apply for advanced practice positions that advance their careers and pursue future opportunities through doctoral education. Graduates will also be prepared for administrative, educator and research roles in order to meet the needs of a changing health-care environment.

The MSN program offers three pathways to earning a graduate degree. In addition to the online MSN program, the online RN to MSN Bridge Program is designed for registered nurses who have a bachelor’s degree in another academic discipline. There is also a Pre-Licensure MSN program for students with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree who wish to become an RN and pursue a graduate degree.

“In order to help solve the health-care industry’s most pressing challenges, nurses need affordable, accessible pathways to earn new credentials and expand their skill sets,” says Smolowitz. “Our graduate programs are designed to develop the next generation of leaders in the field.”

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