The Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies

Dean: Janet Mahoney, PhD

The Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies was established in 1998, having served as a Department of Nursing since 1981. The School of Nursing and Health Studies reflects in its philosophy the mission of Monmouth University: to provide a learning process and environment that enables students to realize their full potential and enhance the quality of life for individuals, families, groups, and the community; and to provide high-quality baccalaureate and graduate education programs to a diverse student population for development of potential nurse leaders. Graduates are committed to lifelong service to the nursing profession and prepared to enhance the quality of life for diverse populations in a global and increasingly interdependent society.

Education for nursing is idealistic and future-oriented yet sufficiently realistic to provide students with an opportunity to develop justifiable confidence in their intellectual, as well as clinical, proficiency in the practice of nursing. This preparation can occur only within an environment that allows for individual differences and fosters personal integration, healthy self-esteem, vital social awareness, enjoyment of leisure, and a sense of commitment to the attitudes and values of the nursing profession.

The faculty believe that education is an active, ongoing process involving student-teacher collaboration and that learning is an experiential activity. They believe that the teaching-learning process involves not only the teacher and the student but also the social system within a framework of dynamic relationships that promotes the change and growth of individuals. It is recognized that students have the ultimate responsibility for their own learning and professional growth.

Students are viewed as unique individuals with varying learning styles. Therefore, a variety of experiences and teaching strategies are used within the program to enhance the development of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor abilities within the student. The nurse in advanced practice implements the roles of educator, researcher, advocate, clinician, consultant, collaborator, and manager of systems through independent nursing assessment, diagnosis, treatment, referral, and evaluation of individuals, families, groups, communities, and healthcare systems in a variety of settings.

The MSN program was established in 1995 and was designed to meet the needs of clients in the community of interest for nurses with advanced nursing degrees and/or certifications, and to meet the desire of nurses who strive for advanced education.