Nursing Graduate Programs

The School of Nursing offers a range of graduate programs, including graduate certificates, post-graduate certificates, master’s degrees and doctor of nursing practice degrees.

The Graduate Program in Nursing at Shenandoah University consists of 4 specialties:

  • Nurse-Midwifery
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Health Systems Management

The Program is accredited by CCNE and the nurse-midwifery specialty is additionally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education.

All of the specialties offer the following degree completions options:

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Graduate Certificates
  • RN to MSN option


The FNP and PMHNP specialties also offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) as a post BSN or as a post MSN degree.

The Nurse-Midwifery Program offers a Post-Masters Certificate in Midwifery through the Midwifery Initiative a collaboration between Shenandoah University and other graduate nursing programs in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Washington, D.C. and the nation. Please refer to the “Midwifery Initiative Page” for additional information on the Midwifery Initiative.

The PMHNP collaborates with other universities in Virginia and West Virginia to offer a Post-Masters Certificate in PMHNP. No matter what degree completion option you chose, all graduates of the Nurse-Midwifery, FNP and PMHNP specialties are eligible to take their national certification exams to receive certification in their specialty. Additionally, nurse-midwifery, FNP, and PMHNP graduates will be eligible to receive prescriptive authority in their states.

Our curricula combine distance learning with a personal touch. Ipods and Podcasting are used to help you be able to access curricular materials no matter where you are as long as you have an Ipod (or other MP3 player) and access to a computer.