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Top Nurse 2021Delaware State University, one of the premier Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the country, was founded in 1891 and is accredited by the Middle State Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The mission statement for the University builds on its heritage as an HBCU and purposefully integrates the highest standards of excellence in teaching, research, and service in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs. The Department of Nursing empowers graduates to become effective nurse leaders with a professional identity to transform healthcare, inspire a spirit of inquiry, and maintain a commitment to life-long learning.

The United States already suffers from a shortage of nurses, and patient comorbidities and chronic conditions are mounting. Nursing care is more complex and increases the need for post-graduate opportunities educating advanced practice nurses, which ultimately benefits the public and at-risk populations.

Delaware State University’s graduate nursing degree program is 100% online.  Eight week schedules, with one course per block, allow students to complete their degree in just under 2 years. Students will have 24/7 access to their course and easy access to faculty.

Professional Preparation

The graduate nursing program prepares students to become culturally competent leaders.  The two concentrations offered are Global Leadership and Nursing Education. 

While studying for a master’s degree in nursing with a focus on global leadership, students will explore healthcare disparities and the influence that policy development and leadership have on improving patient outcomes. Having a program that specializes in global leadership in nursing fosters the ideals of engagement with colleagues from other countries, ethnic groups, and healthcare related contexts. Issues such as human trafficking, maternal-newborn health, underserved populations, health inequities, and emerging infectious diseases will be addressed. Students will evaluate the use of data to drive decisions that affect organizational change. Additionally, students will examine various leadership styles and develop an understanding of financial management.  The program of study includes a capstone practicum that provides the opportunity for students to apply global leadership principles and concepts learned in previous courses.

DSU’s MSN program with a concentration in nursing education is designed to provide essential instructional methods to educate future and current nurses by utilizing teaching-learning theories and strategies within academic and clinical practice settings. This concentration will develop skills specific to the preparation of nurse educators including curriculum development, instructional technology, learning theories, and evidenced-based teaching. In addition to coursework, students will complete a supervised teaching practicum in a setting convenient to their home.

The program is seeking accreditation by the

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 
Atlanta, Georgia 30326 

All nursing students are eligible to become members of the Delaware State University Student Nurses Association. Students may also be invited for induction into the Delaware State University Nursing Honor Society after successful completion of the fourth semester of the nursing program, with a 3.0 GPA.


Nursing faculty at Delaware State University combine years of professional experience with scholarship in academics and research, in order to provide perspective and insight in the mentorship role. Instructors get to know their students as individuals and offer guidance related to the classroom, career, and professional development. Faculty are true experts in the field of nursing education with a passion for the nursing profession.

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