This college rankings article focuses on online masters-level Nursing degrees (typically MSN), and includes any relevant graduate/ post-master’s certificates offered by the 25 colleges listed here.
Careers in Nursing
There has been a perpetual shortage of nurses in the U.S. — according to some sources, since the mid-1960s. Jobs growth predictions by the BLS OOH (Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook) for the period 2014-2024 support that. Registered nurses in general can expect 16% growth in opportunities — well above average for the same period for all jobs in the USA. Advanced-practice registered nurses (nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners), aka APRNs, collectively have a job growth outlook of 31%. Below is a partial of list of both APRN or related occupations, and also industries/ organizations that may be hiring graduates of a master’s in nursing degree. This is only a fraction of the potential advanced nursing-related occupations.
- ACNP (acute care nurse practitioner)
- administration (nursing service, healthcare systems)
- charge nurse
- chief executive officer
- chief nurse executive
- chief nursing officer
- chief operating officer
- clinical instructor
- clinical leader
- community and patient educator
- community-based health education/ health promotion settings
- county and state health departments
- cross-cultural healthcare settings
- director of nursing
- educator – academic setting
- educator – clinical settings
- ENP (emergency nurse practitioner)
- executive nurse
- first and secondary education
- FNP (family nurse practitioner)
- governmental agencies – county, state and federal
- health maintenance organizations
- health policy and planning organizations
- healthcare facilities
- healthcare organizations
- healthcare systems
- insurance companies
- international health organizations
- nongovernmental organizations
- nurse administrator
- nurse educator – clinical environments
- nurse educator – colleges/ universities
- nurse educator – community colleges
- nurse educator – hospital
- nurse leader
- nurse manager – charge nurse
- nurse manager – chief nurse executive
- nurse manager – director of nursing
- nurse manager – unit director
- nursing manager
- online educator
- palliative care – home health
- palliative care – hospice
- palliative care – hospital
- patient education
- patient educator
- PMHNP (psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner)
- private practice
- social service agencies
- specialty case management firms
- staff development
- staff educator
- vice president of nursing services
Also see our other nursing-related college rankings, online and traditional and bachelor’s and master’s level, listed on our Rankings page, including 25 Most Affordable Master’s of Nurse Anesthesia Degrees, 25 Most Affordable Online Master’s of Nursing Education Degrees, and 20 Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Registered Nursing. The article you are reading only ranks colleges with one or more master’s degrees in nursing if that one program is not either anesthesia- or education-related. Colleges having concentrations in the latter two topics are ranked if they have other MSN programs.
- We use the average out-of-state tuition listed in NCES for affordability rankings of master’s programs. However, a given program’s actual costs may differ from what we list and is subject to change by the colleges in question. Check Web sites for up-to-date graduate tuition rates.
- These master’s degree rankings do not factor in fees, which can vary for online programs.
- As college accreditation can change or only be valid regionally, please verify accreditation of any college to which you are planning to apply.
- This college rankings list uses the most recently reported data at time of writing; however, NCES data is subject to change as colleges report new information.
- The Areavibes cost of living score is from Areavibes.com and represents the city/ town of the college in question. It is completely independent of each college’s on-campus housing costs.
Rankings: Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Nursing
MidAmerica Nazarene University (source)
MidAmerica Nazarene University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1966 and located in Olathe, Kansas, about 22 miles roughly southwest of Kansas City, MO. Original name: Mid-America Nazarene College. Affiliation: Church of the Nazarene.
MNU offers four online master’s degrees and a selection of graduate certificates. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing (MSN) with four specializations; RN-MSN; four MSN-based graduate certificates. MNU students have four MSN specializations from which to choose, based on career interests: (1) Healthcare Administration (HA, 42 credits); Nursing Education (NE, 42cr); Public Health (PH, 45cr); Healthcare Quality Management (HQM, 39cr). The MSN program consists of four Core (12 credits) and four Elective courses (12 credits) common to all specializations. Courses are set up as 8-week modules and can be taken on a full- or part-time basis. Each of the four MSN specializations has a corresponding grad certificate of 6 or 7 courses (18-21 credits), suitable for nursing professionals already holding an MSN and seeking specialized knowledge. For RNs without a bachelor’s of nursing degree, MNU offers an online RN-MSN program that takes a minimum 36 months and awards both BSN and MSN degrees.
Sample courses: Current Issues in Aging; Emerging Trends in Healthcare Delivery: Systems, Ethics, Policy and Politics; Ethics in Healthcare; Health Promotion for a Global Society; Research in Nursing; Spirituality in Nursing; Technology in Nursing Education; Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice
United States University (source)
United States University is a private, for-profit institution established in 1997 and located in Chula Vista, California, about 10 miles roughly south-southeast of San Diego, CA. Original name: InterAmerican College.
USU offers three online and one hybrid master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing (MSN) with three Concentrations: (1) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP, hybrid), (2) Nursing Leadership (NL), (3) Online Education (OE); two Post-master’s certificates: (1) Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP), (2) Online Education and Education Technology (OEET). USU students can choose from three MSN concentrations, most of which offer all online courses, with some concentrations requiring synchronous sessions and/or in-person orientation, as well as practicums. The MSN has two start dates yearly (Spring, Fall), regardless of concentration. See site for details of each concentration. Alternative programs include two certificates. One is a 12-credit OEET 100% online post-master’s certificate (for holders of master’s in nursing or higher), consisting of four courses, including online practicum of 96 hours of teaching online courses (no clinical hours). Credits are applicable to the corresponding MSN concentration. The other certificate is a 13- to 19-credit ENP post-master’s certificate consisting of 4 online and one in-person single-weekend course, plus 144-432 practicum hours.
Sample courses: Contact USU for curriculum details for the program in which you are interested.
Harrison Plaza, University of North Alabama (source)
University of North Alabama (UNA) is public university established in 1830 and located in Florence, Alabama, about 73 miles roughly west of Huntsville. It is the oldest four-year public university in Alabama — founded as LaGrange College – and took its current name in 1975.
UNA offers six online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing (MSN) with two Tracks; Nursing RN to MSN. UNA students can choose from two MSN tracks: (1) Nursing in Teaching-Learning Environments (NTLE); (2) Nursing Leadership in Organizational Environments (NLOE). The MSN is a 42-credit program consisting of eight Core courses (24 credits) common to either track, including a Capstone, plus track-specific courses (18cr, varies). Students choosing the teaching track can select a clinical area of interest for study focus. See site for available choices. RNs lacking a bachelor’s of nursing degree can choose the Nursing RN to MSN program, which awards both BSN and MSN degrees. Note: students in several states cannot be accepted for the MSN nor RN to MSN programs, due education regulations on distance programs.
Sample courses: Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology; Advanced Nursing Pharmacology; Advanced Nursing Theory; Advanced Physical Assessment; Diversity, Ethics, and Health Promotion in Patient-Centered Care; Evidence Based Practice; Health Policy and Social Issues
Birmingham, Alabama, skyline at night (source)
Herzing University is a private university (nonprofit as of 2015) established in 1965 and based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It has several campuses in the U.S., as well as an online division. The Birmingham, Alabama campus is ranked here, which is about 148 miles roughly southwest of Chattanooga, TN. Other Herzing campuses were on our initial candidates list. See their Web site or contact Herzing for availability of programs through other campuses.
Herzing offers 12 online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing (MSN) with two Concentrations. Herzing students have the choice of two MSN concentrations based on career interest: (1) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP, 48 credits, 675 clinical hours, 20 months fulltime), (2) Nurse Educator (NE, 36cr, 16 months). Full-time students take at least nine credits per semester (courses are 3, 4 and 6 credits each). No GRE is required for admission
Sample courses: Advanced Physical Assessment; Health Policy and Management; Organizational Systems and Behaviors; Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice; Theoretical Foundations for Nursing
Grand Canyon University (source)
Grand Canyon University is a for-profit university established in 1949 and located in Phoenix, Arizona, the capital of the state and part of the metropolitan area nicknamed the Valley of the Sun. It was originally founded by Arizona Southern Baptists as Grand Canyon College, a non-profit institution, but has been for-profit since Feb 2004.
GCU offers many online master’s degrees across 10 topic categories. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing (MSN) with six Specializations and a dual-degree option; three post-MSN certificates. GCU students can choose from six online MSN specializations or a dual-degree option: (1) Health Care Informatics (HI, 18 credits, bridge program for RNs with non-nursing bachelor’s); (2) Health Care Systems (HS, 36cr); (3) Nursing Education (NE, 36cr); (4) Public Health (PH, 40cr); (5) Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology (ACNPAG, 53cr); (6) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP, 53cr); (7) MSN-MBA dual degree program (MSN-MBA, 66cr). For nurses already holding an MSN, there are three post-master’s certificates available: (1) Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP), (2) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), (3) Nursing Education (NE).
Sample courses: Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators; Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nurse Educators; Ethics, Policy, and Finance in the Health Care System; Evidence-Based Practice Project; Health Care Research Analysis and Utilization; Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Roles And Practice
Hodson Hall, Indiana Wesleyan University (source)
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a 4-year, private, non-profit university based in Marion, Indiana, about 52 miles roughly southwest of Fort Wayne, IN. It was founded in 1920 as Marion College and is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church. The student body represents over 80 Christian denominations.
IWU offers over 80 online degrees collectively across all study levels. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing MSN) with four Specializations; MSN/ MBA dual-degree; MSN/ Post-MBA; ASN-MSN. IWU students have four MSN specializations to choose from, to better suit their career goals: (1) Nursing Administration (NA, 41 credits); (2) Nursing Education (NE, 41cr); (3) Primary Care (PC, 49cr, requires some onsite presence); (4) Psychiatric Mental Health, 49cr). IWU also offers two dual degree options: (1) MSN/ MBA and (2) MSN/ Post-MBA, which offers two accelerated ways to complete both online masters degrees. For nurses with an associate’s degree in nursing, there is IWU’s ASN-MSN program. Once a student completes the six “bridge” courses (31 undergrad credits), they can pursue the MSN program with either the Nursing Administration or Nursing Education major.
Sample courses: Advanced Health Status Assessment; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology; Biostatistics and Epidemiology; Ethics and Health Policy; Evidence Based Communication; Professional Role Development for the Advanced Practice Nurse; Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice; Utilization of Research for Evidence Based Practice
19: King University
King University (source)
King University is a private, non-profit, institution established in 1867. Its main campus is located in Bristol, Tennessee, about 115 miles northeast of Knoxville, TN, and some 165 miles northwest of Charlotte, North Carolina. Original name: King College. Religious affiliations: Presbyterian Church USA and Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
King offers three online master’s. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing (MSN) with two Concentrations; dual-degree option. King students have the choice of two MSN concentrations: : (1) Nurse Administrator (NA, 35 credits, 240 practicum hours), (2) Nurse Educator (NE, 39cr, 420 p.h.). Both choices require five Core courses (15 credits). The program follows a cohort model, which involves some collaboration and discussion between students. The minimum timeline for either concentration is about five back-to-back 15-week semesters. There is also an MSN/ MBA dual-degree option requiring a total 63 credits, and which has 240 practicum hours.
Sample courses: Healthcare Informatics; Research Design in Nursing; Research Seminar; Social, Cultural and Political Perspectives on Healthcare and Delivery Systems; Theoretical Basis of Nursing Practice
McKendree University (source)
McKendree University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1828 and located in Lebanon, Illinois, about 26 miles roughly east of St. Louis, MO. Original name: Lebanon Seminary. Affiliation: Methodist Church.
MU offers four online master’s degres and an online dual-degree option. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing (MSN) with three Specializations; MSN/ MBA dual-degree. MU students have three MSN specializations to chose from: (1) Nursing Management/Administration (NMA, 150 practicum hours); (2) Nursing Education (NE, 160 p.h.); (3) Palliative Care (PC, 160 p.h.). The MSN has six Core courses (16 credits), plus eight specialization courses. For the latter, credit requirements vary based on the choice of either a Thesis (6 credits) or a Scholarly Project (2cr). MU also offers a dual-degree option, allowing MSN students to earn an MBA (MSN/MBA, 60 credits, 168 practicum hours).
Sample courses: Advanced Nursing Research; Cultural Diversity in Healthcare Populations; Ethical Issues; Health Policy and Advocacy; Health Promotion/Disease Prevention; Professional Role Development
Aurora Municipal Center (source)
American Sentinel University is a private, for-profit institution established in 1988 and based in Aurora, Colorado, about 10 miles roughly east of Denver, CO. It was formed from the merger of two schools, the older one founded in 1988.
ASU offers five online master’s degrees, plus concentrations/ specializations. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing (MSN) with five Specializations. ASU students have the choice of five MSN specializations, depending on career interests: (1) Case Management (CM), (2) Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), (3) Nursing Education (NE), (4) Nursing Informatics (NI), (5) Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership (NMOL). The program is 36 credits, with six Required courses (18cr) and six specialization courses (18cr). Courses are eight weeks long and the program allows up to 18 eligible transfer credits.
Sample courses: Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology; Advanced Physical Assessment; MSN Role Development; Research Design; Theoretical Foundations
Harding Plaza and Irby Hall, University of Central Arkansas (source)
University of Central Arkansas (UCA) is a public university established in 1907 and located in Conway, Arkansas, about 33 miles roughly northwest of Little Rock, AR.
UCA offers 16 online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing (MSN) with two optional Tracks: (1) Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), (2) Nurse Educator (NE) with Clinical Specialty; RN to MSN; post-master’s options. UCA students have two MSN tracks to choose from, depending on career interests – nurse leader or nurse educator. Five Foundation courses (15cr) and three Advanced Practice Foundation courses (9cr) are common to both MSN tracks. All three programs (MSN with or without a track) require on-campus visits. For students with an RN license but no BSN degree, there is an RN to MSN option, which includes a BSN. For students with a master’s in nursing, there is a post-master’s Nurse Practitioner (NP) option (12+ credits), or they can take the NP as a second-MSN option (30 credits).
Sample courses: Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology; Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice; Health Policy and Economics; Research For Evidence-Based Practice I, II; Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice
Research College of Nursing (source)
Research College of Nursing is a private, for-profit institution established in 1905 (with roots to 1886) and is located in Kansas City, Missouri, about 248 miles roughly west of St. Louis, MO. Original name: German Hospital Training School for Nurses.
For online master’s level programs in Nursing, RCN offers: MS Nursing (MSN) with six tracks; five post-master’s certificates. RCN students have six tracks to choose from in the MSN program, depending on career interests and current background: (1) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP, 45 credits, hybrid – 17 credits online, 660 practicum hours); Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner (ANP, 43 cr), Nurse Educator (NEd, 36cr, 240 p.h.), Executive Nurse Practice and Healthcare Leadership (ENP, 35cr, 360 p.h.), Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL, 40cr, 360 p.h.), and RN-MSN. The latter is for RNs who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and includes a BSN degree. Students already holding an MSN and looking to add skills in a certain nursing specialty have a choice of five post-master’s certificates: (1) Executive Practice and Healthcare Leadership (EPHL, 15cr, 180 practicum hours, two semesters); (2) Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL, 450 p.h., three semesters); (3) Nurse Educator (NEd, 11cr, 120 p.h., four semesters part-time); (4) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP, three semesters); (5) Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (ANP, three semesters).
Sample courses: Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology; Contemporary Issues in Nursing; Nursing Research; Research Project; Research Thesis; Research Utilization Project; Role Development in Advanced Nursing; Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
Drysdale Student Center, Lynchburg College (source)
Lynchburg College is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1903 and located in Lynchburg, Virginia, about 113 miles roughly west of Richmond, VA. Affiliation: Disciples of Christ.
For online master’s level programs in Nursing, LC offers: MS Nursing with Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Specialization. This MSN is a 37-credit program consisting of five Core courses (15cr) and six CNL specialization courses, which includes two practicum courses of 2cr and 8cr. The program can be taken either full- or part-time. Students must have an unrestricted RN license and hold a BSN degree.
Sample courses: Global Health; Healthcare Policy and Decision-Making; Nursing Leadership and Ethics; Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice; Nursing Theory and Role Development
13: Wilson College
Wilson College (source)
Wilson College is a Presbyterian-affiliated, private, not-for-profit college that admits students of all faiths. It was established in 1869 as a college for women, but is now co-educational. Wilson is located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, some 160 miles east of Philadelphia, PA, and 160 or so miles southeast of Pittsburgh, PA.
WC offers five online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing (MSN) with two Tracks: (1) Leadership and Management, (2) Education; RN to MSN. WC’s MSN is a 38-credit program consisting of five Core courses and six Track courses. Students can choose between two tracks — one for those pursuing nurse educator careers, and the other for people seeking nurse leader roles. Courses are eight weeks each, with two courses taken in Fall and Spring, and one in Summer semester. The timeline is 1.5 years full-time and 2.5 years part-time. For RNs having a diploma or associate’s degree in nursing but no bachelor’s degree, WC offers a 20-credit bridge program that lasts one year. Once complete, qualified students can enter the MSN program. This bridge does not include a BSN degree as part of the program.
Sample courses: Concepts and Roles of Advanced Practice; Ethics and Healthcare Regulations; Informatics for Advanced Practice; Master’s Project; Research and Statistical Methods for Nurses; Theory for Advanced Practice
Oklahoma Baptist University (source)
Oklahoma Baptist University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1910 and located in Shawnee, Oklahoma, about 40 miles roughly east-southeast of Oklahoma City, OK. Affiliation: Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.
OBU offers four online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing (MSN) with two Tracks: (1) Global Nursing, (2) Nursing Education; RN to MSN; two post-master’s certificates. OBU’s MSN program consists of 11 courses, with three courses selected on the basis of the Track chosen. The Global Nursing track is intended for nurses seeking advanced “leadership positions in international health organizations or cross-cultural health care settings within the United States,” while the Nursing Education track is for nurses interested in teaching student nurses. The eight core courses include a Capstone. Classes are generally taken one at a time, and the program timeline is a minimum 18 months. OBU also offers 10-credit post-master’s certificates in either Global Nursing or Nursing Education, for students already holding a master’s in nursing degree. For students with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing, OBU has a RN to MSN program with all courses offered online. Students taking this also earn a BSN (30 credits) with the MSN (56 credits).
Sample courses: Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology Applications; Health Care and Nursing Informatics; Nursing Leadership and Health Care Policy; Nursing Research: Evidence for Nursing Practice; Philosophical Foundations of Professional Nursing
Stevenson University (source)
Stevenson University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1947 and located in Stevenson, Maryland, about 13 miles roughly north-northwest of Baltimore, MD. Original name: Villa Julie College.
SU offers over 10 online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing (MSN) with three concentrations: (1) Nursing Leadership/ Management, (2) Population-Based Coordination, (3) Nursing Education; RN to MSN. SU’s MSN is a 36-credit program consisting of five Core courses and six Concentration courses, including a 6-credit concentration-specific Capstone. The Leadership/ Management and Population-Based Care concentrations allow for one Elective course. While courses are online, students must spend one weekend on campus after completing the last semester. Practicum requirements total 135 hours, as part of the capstone.
Sample courses: Concepts of Nursing Informatics; Global Health Care Perspectives; Project and Resource Management; Qualitative Inquiry in Nursing; Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research
Concordia University-Irvine (source)
Concordia University-Irvine is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1976 and located in Irvine, California, about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles, CA. It is part of the Concordia University System. Original name: Christ College Irvine. Affiliation: Lutheran Church.
CUI offers nine online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing with two tracks: (1) Nurse Leadership, (2) Nursing Education. CUI students can choose from two tracks in this 44-credit program MSN program: leadership (clinical settings) or educator (undergrad nursing programs). The curriculum combines core courses with track-specific courses, including theory and practice courses. Students also choose between a Thesis or Project. Either track can be taken fully online or with blended delivery for some face-to-face interaction. Terms are eight weeks each, and the program timeline is 15-20 months.
Sample courses: Advanced Health and Physical Assessment; Advanced Nursing Practice Nursing Educator or Leader; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology; Applied Statistics for Nurses; Ethics in Nursing; Health Care Context and Organizational Systems Leadership; Instructional Design in Nursing Education (Practice) 2; Instructional Design in Nursing Education (Theory) 1; Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Management (Practice) 2; Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Management (Theory) 1; Nursing Research: Integrating Scholarship into Practice; Nursing Theory: Translating Scholarship into Practice; Religions in the Modern World
Wilmington University (source)
Wilmington University (aka WilmU) is a private, nonprofit university established in 1968 and located in New Castle, Delaware, about six miles roughly southwest of Wilmington, DE, and about 38 miles roughly southwest of Philadelphia, PA.. Original name: Wilmington College. The university has over a dozen campuses and learning centers in three states, as well as an online division – though all degree programs can be completed online. Check Web site for program availability.
WilmU offers 45 online and eight hybrid master’s degrees, including concentrations/ certifications. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MSN Nursing Leadership with three Emphasis options: (1) Executive, (2) Legal Nurse Consultant, (3) Educator; MSN; dual-degree option(s). WilmU students have three MSN emphases to choose from, based on career goals. All three have the same four core courses (12 credits), four core leadership courses (12cr) and four concentration-specific courses (12cr), for a total of 36 credits. Completion of an undergrad course in statistics is also required. Students taking the Executive Emphasis can utilize a dual-degree option that combines the MSN with either WilmU’s MSM/HCA or MBA/HCA. See site for details.
Sample courses: Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology and Pharmacology; Advanced Physical Assessment for Nurse Leaders; Contemporary Concepts in Advanced Practice Roles; Evidence Based Practice in the Health Professions; Leadership Roles in Advanced Nursing Practice; Philosophy and Ethics in Advanced Nursing Roles; Politics and Policy in the Healthcare System; Teaching and Learning in Nursing
DeMoss Learning Center, Liberty University (source)
Liberty University is a private, nonprofit, Christian institution established in 1971 by noted Pastor Jerry Falwell. The university was founded as Lynchburg Baptist College and renamed in 1984. Liberty, which claims to be the world’s largest Christian university, is located in Lynchburg, Virginia, approximately 115 miles west of Richmond, VA.
LU offers dozens of online master’s degrees across 14 topic categories. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing (MSN) with two concentrations: (1) Nursing Administration, (2) Nurse Educator. Liberty students can choose from two MSN concentrations, depending on whether they’re interested in administration/ leadership or in nursing education careers. Both require 42 credits and accept up to six eligible transfer credits. Each option has the same five core courses (15 credits), plus nine concentration and/or advanced core courses (27 credits). Students may need to take some bridge courses, depending on whether or not they have a bachelor’s in nursing.
Sample courses: Health Policy and Ethics; Managing Population Health; Nursing Issues, Informatics and Technology; Nursing Theory and Advanced Practice; Research
John R. Dover Memorial Library, Gardner-Webb University (source)
Gardner-Webb University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1905 and located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, about 52 miles roughy west of Charlotte, NC. Original name: Boiling Springs High School. Affiliation: Baptist State Convention (North Carolina).
GWU offers nearly a dozen online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing with two online concentrations: (1) Administration, (2) Education; two graduate certificates: (1) Administration, (2) Education; dual-degree options. GWU students have two MSN concentration options to choose from, depending on the career seek — one for leadership roles in nursing administration (30-36 credits), and the other for nurse educator (30-36cr) roles in academic or healthcare environments. Both MSN concentrations are also available as 10-credit grad certificates (including practicum), for students already holding a master’s in nursing. Both MSN concentrations can also be combined with a GWU online MBA program for a total of 69 credits. Note: GWU also has an FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) track in MSN concentration or grad certificate options that has some online delivery, but which is primarily a face-to-face program.
Sample courses: Methods of Advanced Research; Nursing and Health Care Systems and Issues; Professional Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice; Statistical Techniques for Graduate Research; Theoretical Basis for Advanced Practice
Expansion of Saint Francis Medical Center (source)
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (SFMCCON) is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1905 and located in Peoria, Illinois, about 90 miles roughly northwest of Champaign, IL. Original name: St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing.
SFMCCON offers eight online master’s degrees, including concentrations/ specializations. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing with eight options; three post-graduate nursing certificates. SFMCCON students have the choice of a hybrid MSN with eight concentrations to choose from, depending on the type of advanced nursing career they are searching for: (1) Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS, 46 credits, 512 practicum hours); (2) Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL, 36cr, 448 p.h.); (3) Nurse Educator (NE, 45cr, 448 ph); (4) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP, 44cr, 576 ph); (5) Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP, 45cr, 704 ph); (6) Nursing Management Leadership (NML, 33cr, 384 ph); (7) Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FP/MHNP, 46cr, 704 ph); (8) Accelerated Pathway to MSN for RN’s with a Non-Nursing Baccalaureate Degree (RN-to-MSN, 56-104 cr). Students already holding a master’s in nursing have a choice of three post-graduate certificates: (1) Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS, 22 credits, 512 practicum hours); (2) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP, 32cr, 576 hours); (3) Nurse Educator (NE, 9-15cr, 384 hours).
Sample courses: Theoretical Foundations; Health Promotion; Nursing Research; Roles and Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing; Advances in Nursing Leadership
Spring Arbor University (source)
Spring Arbor University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1873 and located in Spring Arbor, Michigan, about 90 miles roughly west of Detroit. Original name: Spring Arbor Seminary. Affiliation: Free Methodist Church.
SAU offers 17 online master’s degrees (including concentrations/ specializations) and two dual-degree options. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: RN-MSN with three concentrations/ options: (1) Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology/ Primary Care (FNPAGPC), (2) Education, (3) Dual-degree with online MBA; MSN with the same three options. SAU grad nursing students have six options to choose from: two degree programs (MSN and RN-MSN), each with three concentrations/ options – one for specialized FNP careers in Gerontology/ Primary Care; another for nurse educator careers; and a dual-degree option to combine with SAU’s online MBA program. See site for details on capstone requirements and practicum clinical hours.
Sample courses: Advanced History and Physical Exam; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology; Applied Research Methods; Capstone Project; Moral and Ethical Decision Making; Population Health; Role Development and Leadership; Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Practice
Delta State University (source)
Delta State University is a public institution established in 1924 and located in Cleveland, Mississippi, about 115 miles roughly southwest of Memphis, TN. Original name: Delta State Teachers College.
DSU offers nine online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing (MSN) with three Concentrations; Post-master’s certificate in Nursing, with three Concentrations. DSU students have three MSN concentrations to choose from: (1) nurse administrator (NA, 44 credits), for leadership roles; (2) family nurse practitioner (FNP, 42-45 credits), for clinical practice; and (3) nurse educator (NE, 42-45 credits), for teaching future nurses and educating patients. The MSN curriculum offers online courses, although attendance to some on-campus seminars are required. A thesis or project is required for the NA option. The timeline is two years full-time, with a part-time option available. Students already holding an MSN but who want to add skills in an additional concentration have a choice of the same three post-master’s certificates: (1) administrator (33 credits); nationally-certified family nurse practitioner – FNP (34cr); or nationally-certified nurse educator – Fast Track (11cr). See site for details on any capstone requirements and practicum clinical hours.
Sample courses: Advanced Health Assessment and Practicum; Advanced Healthcare Policy and Politics; Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice; Advanced Pharmacology; Advanced Theoretical Issues in Nursing and Ethics; Instructional Methodologies; Research Project/Thesis; Role Synthesis (Nurse Educators); Role Synthesis (Nurse Practitioners)
Claiborne County Courthouse in nearby Port Gibson, MS (source)
Alcorn State University (ASU) is a public HBCU (Historically Black College or University) established in 1871 and located in Lorman, Mississippi, about 74 miles roughly southeast of Jackson, MS, and about 16 miles from Port Gibson, MS.
ASU offers four online master’s degrees, including concentrations/ specializations. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing with two options: (1) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), (2) Nurse Educator (NE); Post-master’s certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner. ASU students have two MSN options – one for FNP careers (44 credits) and the other for nurse educator careers (36 credits). A 3-credit writing course may be required. Thesis and practicum courses are required for both options. ASU also offers post-master’s certificate equivalents (lower credit requirements) of these two MSN options. See site for details.
Sample courses: Advanced Health Assessment and Lab; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology; Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics; Pathophysiology; Research Methods; Role Development; Rural Family and Community; Rural Health Care Policy; Theories of Advanced Nursing
Grantham University (source)
Grantham University is a private, for-profit online university that was established in 1951. Grantham is headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas, some 20 miles southwest of Kansas City, KS, and about 180 miles northeast of Wichita, KS. Original name: Grantham Radio License School.
GU offers 15 online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing with three Specializations: (1) Nursing Informatics (NI), (2) Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership (NMOL), (3) Case Management (CM), (4) Nursing Education (NE). Grantham MSN students have a choice of four specializations: one for working with healthcare data (NI); one for leadership and administration work (NMOL); one for delivering specialized services to patients (CM); and the last for educating future nurses (NE). All four have a total of 37 credits required for completion, with some overlapping core courses. Note: This MSN has an RN to MSN bridge option.
Sample courses: Clinical and Administrative Systems; Concepts of Healthcare Informatics; Diverse Populations and Healthcare; Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing; Healthcare Strategic Management and Planning; Healthcare Systems; Human Resources and Nursing Management; Leadership in Healthcare Organizations; Legal and Ethical Issues of Advanced Practice Nursing; Modern Organizations and Healthcare; MOL Research Practicum; MOL Research Seminar; Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice
Southwest Baptist University (source)
Southwest Baptist University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1878 and located in Bolivar, Missouri, about 30 miles roughly north-northwest of Springfield, MO. Affiliation: Missouri Baptist Convention.
SBU offers three online/ hybrid master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Nursing they offer: MS Nursing (hybrid) with two Tracks: (1) Nursing Administration, (2) Nursing Education. SBU students have two tracks to choose from in the MSN program — one for teaching as a nurse educator (42 credits), the other for pursuing nursing administration careers (39 credits). Core courses make up 18 credits of the MSN curriculum. Students have three options for study timeline: full-time (2yrs), part-time (3yrs), full-time accelerated (18 months).
Sample courses: Concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing; Ethics and Policy Issues in Advanced Practice; Information Systems; Nursing Research; Nursing Science; Statistics and Data Analysis for Nursing