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  • School of Nursing
    Main Campus

  • Harrisburg Campus

    • 3800 Vartan Way
    • Harrisburg, PA 17110-9742
    • tel: 717-541-1947

MSN to PhD


The primary goal of the accelerated MSN/PhD option is to streamline preparation for leadership roles in nursing education. Graduates will provide leadership as practitioners, teachers, and scholars in support of evidence-based practice for nursing, health care, and education. 

This program of study, which builds on baccalaureate nursing education, is designed to prepare nurse faculty leaders to facilitate learning, engage in professional and community service, conduct research, and advance nursing education within higher education. The master's component prepares nurses with an educator role focus. Graduates will be awarded a MSN degree on completion of the master's coursework and are prepared to take national certification examinations. The doctoral component of the accelerated option has a special focus on the creation and dissemination of new knowledge gained from disciplined inquiry that advances the profession of nursing education and its practice. The PhD degree will be awarded upon successful completion of all doctoral requirements, including the dissertation.

The MSN to PhD program is available on our Main Campus in Chester, Pennsylvania as well as our Central PA campus in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.