Masters in Nursing Programs Guide
The definitive list of accredited Masters in Nursing programs in the United States with links that lead directly to each program. Our site serves as an information portal for registered nurses, and anyone else, who may be looking for guidance on advanced degrees in nursing. Filter by degree type or US State. Further refine your search using the “Instant Search Filter”. Rankings are based on: USNews rankings, exam pass rates, and program popularity. Nursing schools ranked by USNEWS 2021 are so noted. Nursing accreditations and memberships are noted in each entry as follows: ACEN (formerly known as NLNAC), CCNE, COA, ACNM, AHNCC, CCIH. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting that through 2031, the overall employment of nursing positions that typically require a graduate degree in nursing (e.g., Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives and more..) is projected to grow 40 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations.
What exactly is a Master of Nursing?
A Master of Nursing is a graduate level degree sought by nurses who wish to go into advanced practice. Those who opt for a master’s degree in a nursing related field should already have or be in pursuit of an undergraduate degree in nursing, such as an associate’s degree or more commonly a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Once an undergraduate degree is earned, the nurse will then apply to a graduate program in nursing for their master’s. The most common degree for a Master of Nursing is the MSN, or Master of Science in Nursing.
What Masters Degrees are offered?
The most common masters degrees in the field of nursing are:
- MN: Master of Nursing
- MAN: Master of Arts in Nursing
- MSN: Master of Science in Nursing
- BSN to MSN: Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing
- RN to MSN: Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing
There are also variations on these basic degrees. Specializations and types are listed under degree differences.
The most common joint, or dual, degrees offered with a masters degree in nursing are:
- MSN/MPH: Master of Science in Nursing with Master of Public Health
- MSN/MBA: Master of Science in Nursing with Master of Business Administration
- MSN/MPA: Master of Science in Nursing with Master of Public Administration
- MSN/MSIS: Master of Science in Nursing with Master of Science in Information Science
- MSN/MHSA: Master of Science in Nursing with Master of Health Services Administration
- MSN/MA: Master of Science in Nursing with a Masters in Pastoral Ministry
- MSN/MDiv: Master of Science in Nursing with a Master of Divinity
How do these Degrees differ?
There are similarities among these degrees and all can be found among the top nursing programs in the field. It is a good idea to consider the type of organization where you would like to work and investigate whether such organizations prefer one of the above degrees. MN and MSN programs have a tendency to provide training for further strengthening core nursing skills along with insight to advance roles in nursing leadership and clinical specialties. RN to MSN programs are likely to provide sophisticated nursing concepts in an accelerated curriculum for a current registered nurse holding an accredited degree (associates or diploma) to earn a MSN without first obtaining a BSN. The joint masters in nursing degrees are basic MSN degrees paired with the specific dual degree you choose. The MPA and MPH programs tend to have more of a public sector orientation. The MBA programs are normally geared towards securing top-level management or executive health care business positions. The MSIS programs lean towards developing information technology in which ethics are upheld. The MHSA programs center on health policy and economics with regard to management roles. The MA (Pastoral Ministry) and MDiv programs spotlight the practice of ministry. Nursing masters degrees may be achieved through traditional full-time study, part-time study, accelerated study, second degree study, direct entry, and RN to MSN. Many masters degrees in nursing may also be achieved through online nursing schools. The joint degrees listed above may require additional time.
Within these nursing masters degree distinctions, programs have different emphases and specializations. Typical specialties for masters degrees in nursing include, but are not limited to, the following: adult nurse practitioner, cardiovascular nursing, child and teen health nursing, clinical nurse specialist, clinical specialist, clinical research management, family nurse practitioner, forensic nursing masters, gerontological nursing, health administration, healthcare systems management, health policy, health promotion and wellness, neonatal nursing, nurse administration, nurse anesthesia, nursing education, nurse midwifery, nurse practitioner, oncology nursing, pediatric nurse practitioner, psychiatric and mental health nursing, school nurse services, and women’s health. You should investigate specific masters of nursing degree programs to determine which will best prepare you for your desired career track.
How long does it take to get a Master of Nursing?
Once a student is accepted into a program that offers a Master of Nursing, the average time to complete the program and earn a degree is two years. Students take classes on various subjects, participate in numerous labs, and more. Students can often be assigned to faculty advisors to help guide them through the process of earning a master’s. Classes involved in getting a nursing master’s degree can include nursing informatics, nursing research, healthcare concepts, patient care management, pharmacology, and many others.
Students who dedicate summers and evenings to their study can finish in less than two years or as little as 18 months. Students who need time to work and/or take care of a family can take as long as three years to get a Master of Nursing.
What Careers can I pursue with a Master of Nursing?
Because advanced practice nurses are so in demand to meet the increasing need for healthcare, many opt for a Master of Nursing to begin more involved careers. Someone with a Master of Nursing can often go into the area of Advanced Practice Registry Nurse (APRN). From this career, there are several specialties nurses can go into including acute care, pediatrics, women’s health, and many more.
- Another common career for someone with a Master of Nursing is family nurse practitioner, or FNP. These nurse practitioners are often used in place of traditional doctors and can work in clinics, hospitals, or even their own practice. While many states require a doctorate level degree in nursing to become a nurse practitioner, others still allow those with a Master of Nursing to become a licensed nurse practitioner.
- If a student is interested in becoming a nurse midwife, the Master of Nursing degree is a common path to get there. Nurse midwives assist and can even lead in the delivery and care of newborn children and their mothers. They work from hospitals, clinics, and even the homes of pregnant mothers.
- Nurse anesthetist is also one of the more popular careers with a Master of Nursing. Because nurse anesthetists are so in demand, they are often paid very well and many nurses are pursuing this specialty. Nurse anesthetists work with anesthesiologists and surgeons to ensure that operations go smoothly.
If you know which state you want to live in and which career you would like to have, contact the State Board of Nursing to see what the requirements are for becoming a nurse practitioner, advanced practice registered nurse, nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist. Each can have their own degree and licensing requirements.
What Schools have a Masters in Nursing Program? “Top 50”
Last Updated: December 02, 2022
|Johns Hopkins University (USNEWS, CCNE) JHU offers a MSN Entry into Nursing program, MSN Health Systems Management (HSM) Track, MSN Health Systems Management/MBA Dual Degree program, MSN Public Health Nursing track, and a MSN Public Health Nursing/MPH Joint degree program. Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist Tracks are Now Offered in the DNP Program||Campus||MD||1|
|Duke University (USNEWS, CCNE) Duke offers eight MSN APRN Majors and three non-clinical majors: Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP, Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP, Family NP, Health Informatics, Neonatal NP, Nursing and Health Care Leadership, Nursing Education, Pediatric Acute Care NP, Pediatric Primary Care NP, Psychiatric Mental Health NP, and Womens Health NP. APRN specialities include: Cardiology, Endocrinology, HIV/AIDS, Oncology, Orthopedics, Pediatric Behavioral and Mental Health, and Veterans Healthcare.||Hybrid||NC||2|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USNEWS, CCNE) The UNCCH has two Master of Science in Nursing pathways: BSN to MSN and RN to MSN. Advanced Practice Areas include: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Health Care Systems, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PPCNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).||Campus||NC||3|
|University of Pennsylvania (USNEWS, CCNE) UPenn Nursing offers a MSN program. Nurse Practitioner specialities include: Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP, Family NP, Neonatal NP, Pediatric Acute Care NP, Pediatric Primary Care NP, Psychiatric-Mental Health NP, and Women's Health/Gender-Related NP. Also offered are Nurse-Midwifery, Health Leadership, and Nursing and Healthcare Administration. Also a Direct-Entry BSN/MSN program.||Campus||PA||4|
|University of Pittsburgh (USNEWS, CCNE) Pitt Nursing offers an Online MSN Clinical Nurse Leader, MSN Nursing Administration and MSN Nursign Informatics. Rn to MSN also available. The MSN Nurse Anesthesia is transferring to DNP. Additional MSN program minors include: Gerontology Minor for Nurse Practitioners, Health Care Genetics, Nursing Education, and Nursing Research.||Hybrid||PA||5|
|Ohio State University, The (USNEWS, CCNE, ACNM) OSU offers a MSN with the following Specialities: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner.||Hybrid||OH||6|
|University of Michigan Ann Arbor (USNEWS, CCNE) UMSN offers MSN in Systems, Populations and leadership with focus areas in Health Informatics, Leadership, or Population Health. Also offered is MSN-AGACNP, MSN-AGPCNP, MSN-PCPNP, MSN-ACPNP, MSN-PCFNP, MSN Nurse Midwife, MSN Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner, and MSN Nurse Midwife/Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.||Campus||MI||7|
|Vanderbilt University (USNEWS, CCNE) VU SON offers a MSN with the following specialities: AGACNP, AGPCNP, Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing and Health Care Leadership, Nursing Informatics, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery, Nurse Midwifery/FNP Dual Focus, PNPAC, PMHNP (Lifespan), Womens Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP), and Womens Health/AGPCNP Dual Focus. Multiple Entry options are available: ADN to MSN, BSN to MSN, RN to MSN, more..||Campus||TN||8|
|Columbia University (USNEWS, CCNE, COA, ACNM) The Columbia School of Nursing 15-month Masters Direct Entry (MDE) program will prepare students to enter the nursing profession as masters-credentialed registered nurses with a focus on care coordination. The Columbia Masters in Nurse Anesthesia prepares RN's looking to become nurse anesthetists. Columbia University also offers a Nursing Masters in Advanced Clinical Management and Leadership.||Campus||NY||9|
|University of Washington (USNEWS, CCNE) The UW offers a MS in Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Tech. As a MS-CIPCT student, you will learn how to understand and promote the increasing role of technology in clinical settings, as well as how to implement a wide variety of tools and technologies to enhance the work of healthcare professionals and improve patient outcomes. All other Nursing Masters programs at UW are now available as a DNP.||Hybrid||WA||10|
|University of California San Francisco (USNEWS, CCNE, ACNM) The Master of Nursing program at UCSF prepares leaders in the advanced practice roles of nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse-midwife, administrator, teacher, health policy nursing, and consultant. The Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) is for persons without previous nursing experience but have a bachelors degree.||Campus||CA||11|
|University of Virginia (USNEWS, CCNE) The UVA School of Nursing offers a MSN with specializations: Adult Gerontology Acute Care CNS, Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP, CNL Direct Entry, CNL for RN's, Family NP, Health Systems Management, Neonatal NP, Pediatric Acute Care NP, Pediatric Primary Care NP, and Psychiatric Mental Health NP (PMHNP). We cultivate excellence in nursing with compassion, respect and honor.||Campus||VA||12|
|Yale University (USNEWS, CCNE) YSN has 6 MSN Specialities: Adult/Gerontology Acute Care, Adult/Gerontology Primary Care, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty, Nurse-Midwifery & Women's Health, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health. Concentrations include: Diabetes Care, Adult Oncology, Global Health, and the Research Concentration. Yale Divinity School offer a joint-degree program in nursing and divinity (MSN/MAR). There is also a joint-degree opportunity in nursing and public health (MSN/MPH)||Campus||CT||13|
|New York University (USNEWS, CCNE, ACNM) NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing offers a Masters in Nursing in Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP), Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP (AGPCNP), Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (PMHNP).||Campus||NY||14|
| Case Western Reserve University (USNEWS, CCNE, ACNM) CWRU offers a MSN with the following Specialities: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Education with Population Focus, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Family Systems Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP), Nurse Midwifery, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Acute Care, and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP).||Campus||OH||15|
|Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey Newark (USNEWS, CCNE, ACNM) The Rutgers School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing. The Nursing Informatics concentration prepares you to use technology to provide care, create effective administrative systems, manage and deliver educational experiences, support life-long learning, and impact nursing research. The Nursing Leadership concentration prepares you to develop the skills and knowledge base needed to evolve the health care system, no matter your current role and setting.||Hybrid||NJ||16|
| University of California Los Angeles (USNEWS, CCNE) The UCLA School of Nursing offers a MSN Master's Entry Clinical Nurse (MECN) which leads to a Master of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse (RN) Licensure, Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification, and Public Health Nursing certification. Also available is the MSN Advanced Practice Nurse Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist. Speciality areas include: Family, Occupational health, Pediatrics, Underserved populations, Acute care, Womens Health, and Adults and Geriatrics.||Campus||CA||17|
|Emory University (USNEWS, CCNE, ACNM) The EU Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Degrees include: MSN Adult Gerontology Acute Care, MSN Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP, MSN Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP), MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), MSN Nurse Midwifery, MSN Neonatal Nurse NP, MSN Pediatric Acute Care, MSN Pediatric Primary Care, and MSN Womens Health.||Campus||GA||18|
|University of Texas at Austin (USNEWS, CCNE) UT at Austin offers a Master of Science in Nursing with the following concentration areas: Leadership in Diverse Settings, Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.||Campus||TX||19|
|University of Alabama Birmingham (USNEWS, CCNE) The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at UAB offers three distinct pathways, one for nurse practitioners, one for health systems leaders, and an accelerated master's in nursing pathway for entry into professional nursing practice for individuals with a bachelors degree in a non-nursing field.||Campus||AL||20|
|University of Illinois Chicago (USNEWS, CCNE) UIC Nursing's Graduate-Entry MS program is designed for non-nurses who have a bachelor's degree in another field and are now seeking to become registered nurses. UIC's Advanced Generalist Master of Science (AGMS) program provides professional nurses with the clinical leadership skills essential for integrating evidence-based practice and care coordination to improve client outcomes in a fiscally responsible manner.||Campus||IL||21|
|University of Iowa, The (USNEWS, CCNE) The UI College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader (MSNCNL). We believe our content, innovativeness, curriculum, world class faculty, and online approach are great assets that will exceed your expectation as a future CNL. UI also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Anesthesia Nursing program||Hybrid||IA||22|
|Pennsylvania State University, The (USNEWS, CCNE) The PennState College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with the following Advanced Practice Options: Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP). Advanced Role options include: Nurse Educator and Nurse Administrator.||Hybrid||PA||23|
|University of Miami (USNEWS, CCNE) The School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) offers MSN Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) with the following specialities: MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP, MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP,and a MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).||Campus||FL||24|
|University of Maryland Baltimore (USNEWS, CCNE) The U of M School of Nursing offers a Masters in Community/Public Health Nursing, a Masters in Health Services Leadership and Management (HSLM), A Masters in HSLM Education focus, a Masters in HSLM/MBA Dual Degree progra, and a Masters in Nursing Informatics. Also offered a RN to MSN and Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) option for students with a degree in a field other than nursing.||Campus||MD||25|
| University of Rochester (USNEWS, CCNE) The UR School of Nursing offers an Accelerated Masters program for Non-Nurses, a RN to BS to MSN, MS in Nurse Practitioner programs with specialities including: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP, Family NPm Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP, Pediatric NP, and Pediatric/Neonatal NP. Also offered a Masters Clinical Nurse Leader, and Masters in Nursing Education Degree.||Campus||NY||26|
|University of Utah (USNEWS, CCNE) The UT College of Nursing offers a MS in Nursing Care Management with an optional Gerontology emphasis, MS in Nursing Education, and a MS in Nursing Informatics. The College of Nursing graduate programs admits students once a year for a fall semester start. Admission to the MS Program is limited and selective.||Hybrid||UT||27|
| Boston College (USNEWS, CCNE, COA) The BC Connell School of Nursing offers a traditional MSN, Direct Entry MSN, RN to MSN and Dual Nursing Degrees. Advanced Practice Nurse specialities include: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA), Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PPCNP), Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP). The Dual Degrees are MSN/MBA and MSN/MA in Theology.||Campus||MA||28|
|University of Tennessee Knoxville, The (USNEWS, CCNE,COA) UT Knoxville no longer admit students to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) for the following concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administration, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. They have been transitioned to a DNP including the Nurse Anesthesia concentration.||Campus||TN||29|
|Purdue University West Lafayette (USNEWS, CCNE) The Purdue School of Nursing offers a MS in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MS/AGNP), MS with Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Program (MS/FNP), MS with Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (MS/PNP), and a MS with Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MS/PMHNP).||Campus||IN||30|
| Rush University (USNEWS, CCNE) RU offers a MSN Nursing Leadership: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and a Master's Entry in Nursing (MSN) for Non-Nurses: Generalist Entry Masters (GEM). Our graduates work as registered nurses in various hospital and clinic settings, such as: Emergency department, Intensive care unit, Labor and delivery, Medical surgical unit, Neonatal intensive care unit, Operating room, Orthopedics, Palliative care unit, and the Pediatric intensive care unit.||Hybrid||IL||31|
|George Washington University (USNEWS, CCNE) GW Nursing offers a progressive MSN program that blends online learning with in-person training on campus. Masters in Nursing program options include: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Leadership and Management, Nurse-Midwifery, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Online RN to MSN.||Hybrid||DC||32|
|Virginia Commonwealth University (USNEWS, CCNE) The VCU School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with the following specialities to choose from: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Nursing Administration and Leadership online.||Hybrid||VA||33|
|Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (USNEWS, CCNE) IUPUI offers nine tracks in their Masters in Nursing program: MSN Nursing Leadership in Health Systems, MSN Nursing Education, MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS), MSN Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), MSN Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and MSN Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).||Hybrid||IN||34|
|University of Arizona, The (USNEWS, CCNE) The University of Arizona offers a Master of Science for Entry to the Profession of Nursing (MEPN) in Tuscon or Phoenix. An Online RN to MSN with a concentration in Clinical Systems Leadership is also available. If you already hold a BSN, our MSN program requires fewer classes, minimizing overlap with your prior coursework and allowing you to complete your MSN in as few as 15 months.||Campus||AZ||35|
|University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, The (USNEWS, CCNE) UTHealth Cizik School of Nursing MSN students will choose one of six clinical tracks: Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP, Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health NP, Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership and Administration. Most programs offer a courses online and face-to-face allowing students to receive flexibility that fits with their busy schedules.||Hybrid||TX||36|
|Arizona State University (USNEWS, CCNE) The college of Nursing and Health Innovation at ASU offers a MS in Nursing with concentrations including: Nursing Educator, Nursing Informatics, Nursing Patient Safety and Health Care Quality, and Nursing Care Coordination.||Campus||AZ||37|
|University of California Davis (USNEWS, CCNE) The UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing offers a MSN Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN Leadership track prepares graduates for healthcare leadership roles, a Masters Entry program in Nursing full-time program prepares graduates to deliver care as registered nurses and prepares them to take the NCLEX licensing examination.||Campus||CA||38|
|Villanova University (USNEWS, CCNE) The VU FitzPatrick College of Nursing offers a Masters Degree in Nursing with the following tracks: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP), Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), and Nurse Education. The simulation and Learning Resource Center provides realistic and well-equipped clinical simulation labs for students to practice new skills.||Campus||PA||39|
| University of South Florida (USNEWS, CCNE, COA) The USF College of Nursing offers a ASN to MSN, BSN to MSN and RN to MSN. MSN concentrations include: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Family Health Nursing, Nursing Education, Occupational Health / Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, and Pediatric Health Nursing. The MSN Nursing Anesthesia program is transitioning from MSN to DNP and will no longer be offered.||Campus||FL||40|
|University of Nevada Las Vegas (CCNE) The UNLV School of Nursing offers a Masters of Science in Nursing with two specialization tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator.||Hybrid||NV||41|
|Washington State University (USNEWS, CCNE) The WSU College of Nursing offers a MN Nurse Leader and MN Nurse Educator programs. Also offered is a RN to MN program with specializations in Nursing Leadership and Nursing Education. Funding is available to help pay for your graduate degree. Our first-rate faculty provide individualized attention in person and online to ensure our graduates continue to be highly sought by employers across the state and nation.||Hybrid||WA||42|
|University of California Irvine (USNEWS, CCNE) The UCI School of Nursing offers a Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) with a concentration in Community and Population Health Nursing (CPHN) which prepares you to lead innovations in healthcare delivery and elevate nursing care across practice settings. This program is designed to offer graduates of non-nursing bachelors programs direct entry into an accelerated MS in Nursing.||Campus||CA||43|
|George Mason University (USNEWS, CCNE) The GMU MSN and RN to MSN prepares nurses for a variety of leadership roles in the health care delivery system. Concentrations include: Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administratiom, and Nursing Educator. The MSN programs prepare graduates to function as providers, coordinators, and managers of care and for leadership, advanced practice, and nurse scholar roles, as well as members of the nursing profession.||Hybrid||VA||44|
|Oregon Health and Science University (USNEWS, CCNE, COA, ACNM) OHSU offers a Online MSN in Health Systems & Organizational Leadership and a MSN in Nursing Education Online. Masters in Advanced Practice Nursing Specialities include: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia (in process to switch to DNP), Nurse Midwifery, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP).||Hybrid||OR||45|
|Wayne State University (USNEWS, CCNE, COA) The MSN program at WSU is designed to prepare nurses for advanced nursing practice either as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Nurse-Midwife (NMW). Other clinical specialities include: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care (PNPAC), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care (PNPPC), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Also offered is a MSN in Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN). The MS in Nurse Anesthesia program is changing to DNAP.||Campus||MI||46|
|University of Cincinnati (USNEWS, CCNE, ACNM) UC's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs prepare nurses for advanced practice roles in a variety of health care settings. Program options include: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery, and Womens Health Nurse Practitioner.||Campus||OH||47|
|University of San Diego (USNEWS, CCNE) The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at USD offers five areas of emphasis: Executive Nurse Leader, Nursing Informatics, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. There is also a Masters Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) for non-RN's but have a baccalaureate degree or higher in another discipline.||Campus||CA||48|
|University of North Carolina at Greensboro (USNEWS, CCNE) UNC Greensboro offers a Master of Science in Nursing with concentration in Nursing Education and Nursing Administration. Also offered is the MSN/MBA degree in Health Management jointly with the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics. State-of-the art simulation centers and community-engaged practical experiences at more than 500 clinics and service programs around the world allow you to connect the classroom to the patient.||Online||NC||49|
|Northeastern University (USNEWS, CCNE, COA) NU BCHS offers a direct-entry MSN, MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP), MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (AGPCNP), MSN Family NP, MSN Neonatal NP, MSN Pediatric NP, MSN Psychiatric Mental Health NP (PMHNP), MS Nurse Anesthesia, MS in Nursing Administration, and a Dual Degree MSN/MBA. Our programs prepare students to become leaders as nurse clinicians, educators, scholars, and researchers.||Campus||MA||50|
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