Contact Info

          DNP Coordinators:

          Dr. Colleen R. Bessetti-Barrett, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC 
          Assistant Professor, Edinboro University Department of Nursing 
          Jeremy Brown Human Services Building, Room 122 
          215 Scotland Road 
          Edinboro, PA 16444 
          Phone: (814) 732-1643

          Dr. Meg Larson, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC
          Assistant Professor, Edinboro University Department of Nursing
          Jeremy D. Brown Human Services Building, Room 121
          215 Scotland Road 
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2458

          Dr. Jill Rodgers, DNP, CRNP 
          Assistant Professor, Edinboro University Department of Nursing
          Jeremy D. Brown Human Services Building, Room 134
          215 Scotland Road
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2236

          Master of Science in Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

          The Master of Science in Nursing program is co-sponsored by Clarion and Edinboro Universities with a concentration area in family nurse practitioner (FNP). U.S. News & World Report's 2017 Best Colleges ranks Clarion and Edinboro's online nursing program among the Best Online Graduate Programs.


          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). 

          This program offers:

          • Accessibility – With the exception of clinical experiences, internships and select skill labs, coursework is delivered in an online format that is available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
          • Affordability – Tuition is competitive as part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
          • Responsiveness – Program graduates meet regional healthcare needs by providing primary care in rural and medically underserved communities.
          • Quality – The U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Education Program Rankings, 2014 edition, ranked the Clarion and Edinboro Universities Master of Science in Nursing Program among top programs for the second year in a row.
          • Success – Pass rate on FNP certifying exams was 100%. In addition, graduates are in high demand by employers and many have continued their educations at the doctoral level. Note: Students who are not enrolled in the program but take individual classes that are included in the curriculum are subject to course surcharges. 

          Admission Requirements

          The admission requirements for both MSN concentrations are the following:

          1. Completed online application form
          2. Non-refundable $40 application fee—payable at the time of online application submission
          3. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
          4. Two recommendation forms
          5. Resume
          6. Copy of Registered Nursing License in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
          7. A 1-2 page personal statement describing your understanding of the family nurse practitioner role and your goals for practice in that role
          8. An interview 

          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.

          Application Deadlines

          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.