Programs for Practicing Nurses

As a professional nurse, you probably have an idea of how you'd like to move forward in your career. Here at SU, we offer a number of programs that allow you to specialize and become an advanced practice nurse. We offer graduate certificates, master's degrees, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees in multiple specialization areas, including Family Nurse Practitioner, Health Systems Management, Nurse-Midwifery, and Psychiatric Mental Health.

If you are a practicing RN, we also offer an RN-to-BSN program. We're excited to announce that this program will also be offered online beginning in 2013. We also offer the opportunity to complete the BSN within the RN-to-MSN program.

Click on the link to learn more about each of our specialization areas. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Our Approach to Graduate-Level Nursing

Since the 1960s, Shenandoah University has played an integral part in the education of nurses in the region. This rich tradition continues at the graduate level in nursing. To become educated, learners become involved in intellectual work and critical thinking in order to transform information into knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences necessary for the provision, management and coordination of general nursing care for individuals, families, groups and communities at the graduate level. The scholarly habits of learning, established early, increase the graduate’s lifetime ability to contribute to the discipline/profession of nursing and to society.

The Division of Nursing at Shenandoah University has developed an innovative framework for graduate study. Based on knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences, it centers around the lived experiences of individuals. Alternative teaching-learning experiences that go “beyond the walls” of the classroom enrich the lived experience of students, faculty, clients and communities.

Students selected for the Graduate Program in Nursing are educated in an innovative, clinically based curriculum that facilitates their professional development as expert advanced practitioners capable of providing safe and innovative care for specialized populations. In addition, MSN and DNP graduates participate in leading the profession during periods of unprecedented demand for nurses capable of advanced practice and clinical management.

Graduate Programs

Family Nurse Practitioner

SU Nursing provides nurses the opportunity to pursue advanced practice FNP training with the following degrees:
RN-to-MSN
MSN
Post-Master’s Certificate
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Nurse Midwifery

SU Nursing provides nurses the opportunity to pursue advanced practice Nurse Midwifery training with the following degrees:
RN-to-MSN
MSN
Post-Master’s Certificate
Graduate Endorsement (with partner schools)

Psychiatric Mental Health NP

SU Nursing provides the opportunity to pursue advanced practice PMHNP training with the following degrees:
RN-to-MSN
MSN
Post-Master’s Certificate
Graduate Endorsement (with partner schools)
Doctor of Nursing PracticeRead More

Health Systems Management

SU Nursing provides the opportunity to pursue advanced practice HSM training with the following degrees:
RN-to-MSN
MSN
Post-Master’s Certificate

SU also offers a unique MSN/MBA option.

Nursing Education

SU Nursing offers a post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education designed to prepare a student already holding a master’s degree in nursing, or enrolled in a graduate nursing program at Shenandoah University, for teaching positions in education and service settings. Read More

Doctor of Nursing Practice

SU Nursing offers the DNP in two tracks: BSN-to-DNP and Post-Master’s DNP, and two areas of practice: FNP or PMHNP.Read More

Nursing Faculty Residency Program - In Progress

SU has been awarded a grant from the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority (VHWDA) in order to fund the planning of our Nursing Faculty Residency Program. The program will include an Informatics Certificate and a Nursing Education Certificate – which will allow for health professional students to learn Distance Education strategies; As Faculty Residents in this program, they will teach students in the Undergraduate Nursing Practice Programs at several universities and clinical sites under the specialties of Psychiatric Mental Health, Midwifery, and Family Health.

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RN to BSN Program

The Division of Nursing offers advanced placement for Registered Nurses holding an associate’s degree or a diploma in nursing. Read More

Faith Community Nursing

Faith Community Nursing is “…the specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting wholistic health and preventing or minimizing illness in a faith community.” Read More