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Our graduate Nursing program prepares a Clinical Nurse Specialist with a population focus in adult-gerontology.  The curriculum has a strong foundation in community health promotion through acute care. This unique bridge model accommodates diploma, associate, and baccalaureate prepared nurses for advanced practice nursing.  

The ONLINE Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education allows those nurses prepared for clinical roles at the advanced practice level to gain the necessary knowledge for the role of nurse educator in a variety of settings. The curriculum consists of 15 credits including the teaching practicum.

RN to Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)
Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education - ONLINE

The Wesley College Department of Nursing offers an RN to Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) designed for the Registered Nurse (RN) with or without a Bachelor’s degree.  Students enrolled in the program will have the opportunity to continue their personal and professional growth through liberal arts and science courses and graduate level nursing education.  The course of study emphasizes the Department of Nursing’s belief that a strong foundation in liberal studies is essential to professional nursing practice.  Concomitantly, the program prepares the nurse for advanced practice in a wide variety of health care settings to promote and maintain high level wellness and to improve health care delivery in a rapidly changing society.  This RN to MSN is an innovative and creative option that prepares the registered nurse whose basic credential is the hospital school diploma, the collegiate Associate Degree in Nursing or the Collegiate Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, to assume an advanced practice role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

View more information about the clinical nurse specialist position.

Mission and the philosophy of the nursing department

Welcome to the nursing department from Dr. Robert Contino, Ed.D., MSN, RN

Accreditation and Approval

Nursing Honor Society, Tau Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International

Wesley IRB

Graduates of Master of Science in Nursing:

  • Synthesize existing nursing theoretical and social frameworks that may serve as a basis for professional nursing practice in community health promotion and wellness.
  • Influence organizational structure in relation to functions and outcomes.
  • Demonstrate leadership through effective decision making that stimulates change, quality improvement, and safe practice
  • Measure outcomes utilizing evidence-based research that supports advanced practice nursing in the community setting
  • Generate innovative nursing interventions and practice in varied community health care settings
  • Maximize the potential of technologies in the provision of advanced practice interventions that enhance communication, coordination, and integration of care
  • Analyze the social, economic, political and cultural forces influencing advocacy with the health care delivery system
  • Function independently and collaboratively with other inter-professional teams in the health care system
  • Participate in the culture of lifelong learning and professional growth

Graduate Nursing Student Handbook 2015-18 (coming soon)


  • Career mobility model that allows progression without repetition
  • Evening classes that meet once weekly; same day the entire program
  • Full time doctoral prepared faculty teaching in small seminars
  • Emphasis on expert roles in practice, research and education
  • Thesis or non-thesis option
  • Graduates are eligible to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist board certification examination which aligns with the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education


  • A current, unencumbered United States Registered Nurse license
  • A degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program. Submit official transcripts.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for full admission. Conditional admission for those with a GPA <3.0 may be offered after review of all required materials. Submit official transcripts.
  • Two letters of reference. At least one letter should address the academic capabilities of the candidate
  • A professional resume
  • International nurses: Please see the Board of Nursing websites for requirements for licensure. The website http://www.cgfns.org/ serves as a resource for international nurses seeking a license to practice nursing in the United States. Contact Wesley College Office of International Studies for assistance

Graduate Student Admissions

Upon completion of this entire program, you can earn a:

  • Bachelor in Science in Nursing from Wesley College
  • Master of Science in Nursing from Wesley College

For further information please contact Nancy Rubino, Graduate Program Director, at nancy.rubino(at)wesley.edu.

Core Requirements
Meet the Faculty