Dr. Colleen R. Bessetti-Barrett, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC
Dr. Meg Larson, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC
Dr. Jill Rodgers, DNP, CRNP
The Master of Science in Nursing Program is sponsored jointly by Clarion and Edinboro Universities with a concentration area in family nurse practitioner (FNP). The FNP concentration is 45 semester hours in length and includes 600 hours of clinical practice. FNP graduates are prepared to provide primary care in medically under-served areas in Western Pennsylvania and are eligible to apply to the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing for legal certification as certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNP) in family health after passing professional certification exams through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
Courses for this program are delivered online with the exception of clinical practice and a limited number of skill labs and workshops. Graduates of the program receive a joint degree granted by both universities. Students are assigned one university site for advisement and may use facilities and services of both universities. The MSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
The admission requirements for both MSN concentrations are the following:
Note: All clinical placements will need to be completed in Pennsylvania.
Mail all gathered materials not otherwise submitted online in one envelope to: Graduate Studies Office, Clarion University, 840 Wood St; Clarion, PA 16214. All documents become the property of Clarion University and Edinboro University and will not be returned or duplicated for any purpose outside of the universities.
Upon receipt of the materials, the Clarion University Graduate Admissions Office forwards the complete packet to the members of the Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee. Applicants will be contacted by the committee chair, or designee, to set up an interview with the committee. Interviews are conducted online or by phone during the month of October or until spaces are filled.
MSN Students are only admitted to the fall semester. To be fully considered for the limited number of seats in our competitive nursing program, all materials must be in Clarion’s Graduate Office by October 1st prior to the fall start date for any given year. Clarion University operates on a rolling admissions basis which means that applications may be submitted and reviewed any time prior to the deadline. It is recommended that applications be submitted far enough in advance of the deadline to insure ‘complete’ status. Applications received after the October 1st deadline are only considered if the fall class has not already been filled. Otherwise those applications are held for review the next October.
Applicants with successful interviews who meet the criteria for admission are accepted on a "space available" basis and will be notified by December 15th. In the event that no spaces are available, an otherwise qualified applicant may be placed on a waiting list for the upcoming fall admission or for the following fall admission.