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Moravian College Receives State Approval for Nurse Practitioner Programs

Nursing studentBethlehem, Pa., March 6, 2014—Moravian College received unanimous approval from Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing to launch two new nurse practitioner programs. Beginning in August of 2104, Moravian will offer programs to prepare nurses for certification as Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners.

“Both of these programs will build upon the strengths of current Moravian College tracks in the Master’s of Science program in nursing that prepare clinical nurse leaders, nurse administrators, and nurse educators.” said Kerry Cheever, professor and chair of the Nursing Department at Moravian College. “Graduates of these programs will help to meet current and future needs for mid-level providers to treat and manage adult and geriatric patients in health care settings throughout the greater Lehigh Valley region, in primary care settings (i.e., clinics and medical offices) and in acute care settings (i.e., hospitals).”

These two new nurse practitioner programs are designed to prepare registered nurses to make medical diagnoses, prescribe medications, diagnostic tests, and therapies, and perform therapeutic or corrective measures within the certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP) scope of practice and in collaboration with a Pennsylvania-licensed physician, as specified by Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing regulations.

Qualified registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees in nursing from accredited colleges/universities may apply for admission to either one of these programs. Graduates will be eligible to take a national certification examination and apply for certification in the state of Pennsylvania as CRNPs. Applications and informational materials will be available after April 1 on the Moravian College Department of Nursing website, at www.moravian.edu/nursing.

Moravian College Department of Nursing offers: traditional pre-licensure baccalaureate (B.S.) program, an accelerated B.S. program in nursing for college graduates, baccalaureate completion program for registered nurses (R.N. to B.S.), and the Master of Science (M.S.) program in nursing. Moravian College invites students to be part of a growing network nurse alumni employed as nurse managers, staff nurses, nursing directors, nurse researchers, clinical nurse leaders, nurse practitioners, and nurse anesthetists, to name a few, who are making a positive difference in the health of the communities they serve.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pa. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the website at www.moravian.edu.