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Georgian Court Launches New Jersey’s Only Direct-Entry Master of Nursing Degree

Georgian Court-Hackensack Meridian Health School of Nursing patch for DE-M.S.N. launch

A new Direct-Entry Master of Nursing (DE-M.S.N.) program offered by the Hackensack Meridian Health School of Nursing and Wellness at GCU will launch this fall, giving career-changers and current health care workers another pathway to the profession. The 24-month program, taught in-person, is the only one of its kind in New Jersey.

“The DE-M.S.N. is another example of the many ways Georgian Court meets labor market demands, delivers the experiences students need to excel in the workforce, and positions graduates to give back to the community,” said GCU President Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D.

“Our strong partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health is also a factor in the continued growth and success of nursing programs at Georgian Court,” he said. “Working closely with New Jersey’s largest health provider offers a tremendous advantage for our nursing students.”

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The DE-M.S.N. Master’s Degree: Another Degree of Success

The 2020 launch of GCU’s 14-month, accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (A.B.S.N.) is another example. It allows those who already have a bachelor’s degree to transition into the field.

The new DE-M.S.N. program, meanwhile, is for those who want to enter the profession as a master’s-prepared registered nurse. It also will help students pursue leadership roles within professional nursing and give them a foundation for future advanced practice roles and specialties.

“This truly is one of a few of its kind throughout the nation,” said program director Jo Ann F. Cummings, Ph.D., RN, APN, PPCNP-BC, BCEN. “Most of the DE-M.S.N. programs are usually affiliated with larger institutions, and we are fortunate enough to have it here because of our partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health.

Eight GCU nursing students provided assistance the day the Bergen County COVID-19 Vaccination Mega Site at the Meadowlands opened. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy tweeted this photo of Dr. Wurmser supervising a GCU student on January 22, 2021.

Faculty and Experiences Make the Difference

The 80-credit direct-entry master’s-degree curriculum also includes critical courses that go beyond bedside care. Increasingly, hospitals and health care facilities need professionals who can navigate emerging fields like data mining, informatics, and quality performance.

Such future-focused insight is one of the advantages of learning from faculty who hold joint appointments at Georgian Court and Hackensack Meridian Health locations. Several are nurse leaders and researchers.

“There are so many excellent programs for nursing in New Jersey. We’re lucky to have that, but two things set us apart from all others: our student-centered faculty and our partnership with a major health network,” said nursing school Dean Theresa A. Wurmser, Ph.D., M.P.H., RN, NEA-BC.

“I’m a member of the HMH nurse executive team, so I really have the ability to learn and better understand nursing and all the challenges and opportunities that are there,” said Dr. Wurmser.

One example: Georgian Court students were the first to travel to the Meadowlands mega site to help give vaccinations during the height of the pandemic.

“As part of Hackensack Meridian Health,” she added, “Georgian Court nursing students are able to really have extraordinary opportunities.”

Learn more about the new Direct-Entry M.S.N. program, including curriculum requirements.

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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