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Master of Science in Nursing Receives National Accreditation

November 7, 2018 Tags: Academics , Distinctions , Health Sciences and Education , University News

MSN student poses for a photoIn early October, The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners granted accreditation to the Master’s Degree program in nursing at Saint Francis University for 5 years, extending to December 31, 2023.

Dr. Rita Trofino, Associate Dean School of Health Sciences and Education, and Nursing Department Chair noted that five years is the maximum initial approval for a new program. The accreditation action is effective as of March 14, 2018, which is the first day of the program’s recent CCNE on–site evaluation.  At its meeting, the Board determined that the program met all four accreditation standards. The Board additionally determined that there were no compliance concerns with respect to the key elements of those accreditation standards.

About the Program

The Online MSN, Leadership/Education Program provides BSN graduates with a new option to pursue nursing administrative/leadership or educational roles.  The first MSN class graduated August 20, 2018.  The MSN Leadership/Education program provides the convenience of online learning combined with the personal touch of SFU nursing faculty.  The MSN faculty aim to individualize the students’ learning experience and tailor it to their career goals.

Dr. Camille Wendekier is the Program Director of the MSN, Leadership/Education Program, and can be reached at , or at 814-472-2843. 

Dr. Lenore Resick, CRNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is the Program Director for the Master of  Science in Nursing (MSN), Family Nurse Practitioner Track  (FNP). The proposal for this new program was submitted to the PA State Board of Nursing in December of 2016. We are currently awaiting word on approval of this program. Dr. Resick can be reached at or at 814-472-2833.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master’s degree program in nursing (leadership/education) at Saint Francis University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


MSN Nurse Leadership Education