MSN Earns National Accreditation – Press Room

November 22 2021

The Master of Science in Nursing degree offers online options, in-person options, and an RN-to-MSN pathway

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The Master of Science in Nursing program at Montclair has received national accreditation.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Montclair State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

The nation’s preeminent accrediting agency for nursing programs, CCNE ensures the quality and safety of nursing curricula through a rigorous self-examination process that includes consumers, employers, students, faculty, staff, and members of the university community.

Gaining placements at Montclair College of Nursing—and its graduate students—is at the forefront of the industry, and recognizes the program’s ability to prepare graduates to provide the highest quality of care.

“This accreditation provides MSN graduates with competitiveness in the job market and the ability to advance their nursing education,” says Janis Smolwitz, dean of the School of Nursing. “We are grateful for input, comments, and contributions from members of the university community, as well as our local community partners. The CCNE is often cited as the voice of academic nursing by ensuring that the program is accountable to the relevant community, so we recognize the importance of gaining this recognition.”

One of the most flexible and affordable programs in New Jersey, Montclair’s MSN degree program prepares registered nurses for advanced practice in management, education, and clinical research.

Students enrolled in the MSN program will be eligible to apply for advanced practice positions that advance their careers and pursue future opportunities through doctoral education. Graduates will also be prepared for administrative, teaching, and research roles in order to meet the needs of the changing healthcare environment.

The program offers three areas of focus—nursing administration, nursing education and clinical research coordination—both online and in person. It also offers three pathways to a postgraduate degree. In addition to the standard online MSN program, the online RN-MSN Bridge program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in another academic discipline. There is also an MSN pre-licensing program for students with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree who wish to become an RN and pursue a graduate degree.

“In order to help solve the healthcare industry’s most pressing challenges, nurses need affordable and accessible pathways to earn new credentials and expand their skill sets,” Smolwitz says. “Our graduate programs are designed to develop the next generation of leaders in the field.”

For more information about the Master of Science in Nursing program at Montclair State University, visit

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