August 8, 2017

ABERDEEN, SD – Presentation College is pleased to announce that beginning in the spring semester of 2018, the college will offer Master of Science Degrees in Nursing (MSN).


“We are very excited by this opportunity,” said Dr. Margaret Huber, College President. “Offering graduate level education is a huge step for the college, and we hope to take a leadership role in the healthcare industry throughout the region.”


Presentation will offer two nursing tracks for incoming students to choose from, including a family nurse practitioner (FNP) track, and a nurse educator (NE) track.


“Nursing requires lifelong learning, and having the opportunity to teach graduate level nursing students will not only make the college stronger it will also make rural healthcare stronger,” said Dr. Sandra Welling, Dean of Nursing at PC.


The MSN-FNP Online program (6 Semesters) is based on nursing guidelines established by Presentation College’s accrediting body the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The graduate degree curriculum provides students with a family-practice approach that emphasizes health promotion and health maintenance. In addition, the program will equip students with knowledge and skill to care for individuals living in rural communities, and at the completion of the program graduates will be have the qualification to sit for the national exam.


The MSN-NE online program (4 Semesters) is based on nursing guidelines established by Presentation College’s accrediting body, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Nurse Educator MSN program prepares nurses for educator positions in diverse academic and health care settings. The graduate degree curriculum prepares students to design, implement, evaluate and revise education programs for nurses and deliver curricula in classroom, clinical, and simulation labs. Practicum experiences will provide students the opportunity to apply learning in real-world settings. Nurse educators help shape the future of healthcare by educating, mentoring, and preparing nurses to make an even greater impact patients’ lives. Graduates of the MSN-NE program will complete the program with the tools needed to sit for the National League for Nursing’s Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE) exam.


The Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission approved Presentation College’s request to offer the Master of Science in Nursing degree August 1, 2017.

Classes for the two tracks will begin this spring and applications are currently being accepted.