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Bay Path University Launches Master of Science in Nursing Program

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With a growing demand for nurses, the Master of Science in Nursing offers nurses a path to expand their opportunities and become "job ready" for their next career step. 

Longmeadow, MA (March 2023)—In response to the growing demand for nurse practitioners, educators, and administrators, Bay Path University has announced its fully online, new Master of Science in Nursing program. The program will begin accepting nursing candidates for the fall 2023 semester.

For many patients, one of the over 4 million nurses who currently practice in our country will be at their side during their health care journey (American Nurses Association). Their importance is further magnified as they make up the largest group of health care professionals in our nation. However, across the United States there is a shortage of nurses. Even before the March 2020 pandemic, the field of nursing was under strain due to a number of factors including retirements outpacing new entrants to the field, economic downturns, and increasing health care demands.

"Bay Path recognizes the demand for nurses in the workforce has never been greater. We know health care employers, small and large, need nurses at every level of patient care," according to Bay Path President Sandra J. Doran. "At each stage of a nurse's career, we can provide the education and resources our nursing students need to succeed and thrive in their careers. And our new MS in Nursing complements our Bachelor of Science in Nursing and  Doctor of Nurse Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner degrees."

Bay Path's MS in Nursing will address the critical problem of the nursing shortage by expanding the talent pipeline for nurses to earn a degree that blends these key areas: the latest developments in patient care, leadership training, best practices in management, and foundations of teaching. The fully asynchronous MS in Nursing is ideal for working adults allowing students to learn on their time and on their schedule, and enrolled nursing candidates can earn their degree within two years. 

"Our MSN is a creative and innovative approach to support career development for nurses," states Dr. Linda Adams-Wendling, chief nurse administrator and director of the MSN/DNP nursing program. "Many times nurses who are ready to pursue a graduate degree are often not sure if they want to be nurse educators or nurse managers/leaders/administrators. Our degree provides our nursing students with skills and competencies in each of these areas. As a result, they can take advantage of more opportunities, as well as fulfill a critical need for nurses whose knowledge and experience are fundamental for patient-centered care and the development of the next generation of nurses."

The online Master of Science in Nursing is also a pathway to Bay Path's online Doctor of Nurse Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner program. The Doctor of Nurse Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner program is a terminal nursing credential preparing nurses with the critical skills needed to translate evidence-based care into practice, improve systems of care, and measure outcomes for patients and communities. Nurses who wish to pursue a terminal nursing credential and who have graduated from Bay Path's MS in Nursing may also be able to apply courses to the doctoral program.

Please visit the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program page to learn about curriculum, faculty, program options, and more!

There will be online information sessions on Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.; and Monday, May 15 at noon. 

Our Accreditation Status

"The master's degree program in nursing at Bay Path University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street BW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted."

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About Bay Path University

 Bay Path University was founded in 1897. In 2022, the University will be celebrating its 125th anniversary. Today, Bay Path's enrolled population of over 3,000 includes traditional undergraduates; adult women at The American Women's College, the first all-women, all-online accredited degree program in the country; and women and men master's and doctoral students. At Bay Path, every learner's dreams of a better career, a richer life, and a brighter future will be realized.