Comprehensive List of Masters in Nursing Programs Across the United States

A Masters in Nursing degree, also known as a Master of Science in Nursing or MSN, gives current registered nurses (RN) the opportunity to advance their careers and become leaders in the nursing field. RNs who are looking to become APRNs (advanced practice registered nurses) in a specific field can earn their masters in nursing in adult/gerontology, psychiatric mental health nursing, pediatric nursing, and acute or primary care nursing.

While an MSN degree is the most common master’s degree in nursing, there are other types of programs available too:

  • RN to MSN – a bridge program designed for registered nurses pursuing an MSN
  • BSN to MSN – a bridge program designed for student who already hold a bachelor of science in nursing
  • ADN to MSN – a bridge program where students earn both their BSN and MSN
  • MSN/MBA – a dual major for students interested in earning their Master of Business Administration as well
  • MSN/MPH – a dual major for students interested in earning their Master of Public Health as well

Accreditation is important for all degrees, ensuring you receive a qualified education. The accrediting bodies featured in our list are:

  • CIHE – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • DEAC – Distance Education Accrediting Commission
  • HLC – Higher Learning Commission
  • MSA – Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • MSCHE – Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • NEASC – New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • NCA – North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
  • NWCCU – Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • SACS – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • WSCUC – WASC Senior College and University Commission

Where can I earn my MSN degree?

While you’re listening to the podcast, check out the our list of schools with MSN programs in the US. For each school, we provide a few highlights, including program offerings, course breakdown, and accreditation. Use the links below to jump to a specific state.

Alabama

Auburn University
SACS
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program offered by Auburn University’s School of Nursing is designed for Registered Nurses who already hold a Bachelor’s degree. Students can choose from two areas of specialization: Nurse Educator and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
Jacksonville State
SACS
The College of Nursing at Jacksonville State University (JSU) offers a Master of Science in Nursing program in Community Health Nursing with several populations of interest to choose from, some of which include: women and children, geriatric clients, clients with HIV, and adolescents. All courses are offered online and can be completed in less than two years. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
University of Alabama
SACS
The Capstone College of Nursing at The University of Alabama offers a MSN program with four concentrations to choose from: Case Management, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Administrator, and Nurse Practitioner. Dual degree programs are also offered for those interested in becoming a Nurse Educator or a Case Manager. The program is accredited by Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. Applicants to all programs should hold a current RN license in the U.S.
University of Mobile
SACS
The Master of Science in Nursing program offered by the University of Mobile’s School of Nursing is a traditional BSN to MSN program with two specializations to choose from: Nurse Administrator and Nurse Educator. All applicants must hold a BSN degree and hold a current license as a registered nurse. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Alaska

University of Alaska Anchorage
NWCCU
University of Alaska Anchorage’s School of Nursing offers MSN degree programs that focus on advanced practice nursing, theory, research, and health care delivery systems. Students can choose from three specialty areas: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (Formerly NLNAC).

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Arizona

Arizona State University
HLC
The College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University’s Master of Science in Nursing program offers two specialization areas: Clinical Research Management and Nurse Educator. The Nurse Educator track is designed to prepare students for a PhD in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice, if they choose to pursue a doctorate. The nursing program at ASU is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
Grand Canyon University 
HLC
The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions at Grand Canyon University offers two paths to earning an MSN degree: BSN to MSN and an RN to MSN. Both programs offer many area of specialization, some of which include: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems, Health Care Informatics, Nursing Education, Public Health, and Family Nurse Practitioner.  The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education
Northern Arizona University
HLC
Northern Arizona University offer an MS in Nursing in two specialty tracks (Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Generalist) as well as one post-graduate FNP certificate. The specialty tracks The MS in Nursing program accepts qualified candidates who hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing or an associate degree in nursing with a bachelor’s degree in another field. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
University of Arizona
HLC
The University of Arizona’s College of Nursing offers two options for earning an MSN degree: Masters Entry to the Profession of Nursing (MEPN) and Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Systems Leadership (RN to MSN). Both programs are accelerated and can be complete in 15 months. The University of Arizona’s nursing program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Arkansas

University of Arkansas
HLC
The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas offers an online Master of Science in Nursing degree with the option to specialize as a Nurse Educator. Applicants must have completed courses in Health Assessment and Statistics, hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a current RN license. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing
HLC
The College of Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences offers two paths for earning an MSN degree: an RN to MSN and BSN to MSN. There are many areas of specialization to choose from, including Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administration, Adult Gerontology, and more. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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California

California State University, Fresno
WASC
The Department of Nursing at California State University, Fresno offers a Direct Entry MSN pathway as well as an RN to MSN Bridge and a BSN to MSN program. All MSN options offer several specializations to choose from, including Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator.
California State University, Sacremento
WASC
The School of Nursing at California State University, Sacramento offers a traditional MSN program. This program is designed for RNs who hold a BSN degree and is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.  Students can choose from two specializations: Advanced Clinical/Educator and School Nurse.
San Diego State University
WASC
San Diego State University’s School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing program that requires a minimum of 36 units. The program is designed for either full- or part-time study with a variety of specializations to choose from, including Advanced Practice Nursing of Adults and the Elderly, Community Health Nursing: School Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems, and Women’s Health and Midwifery. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
San Jose State University 
WASC
The Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San Jose State University offers two options for students interesting in pursuing an MSN degree: a BSN to MSN and an RN to MSN bridge. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education and prepares students for such roles as Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, and Nurse Informaticist.
University of California, Irvine
WASC
The University of California, Irvine offers an MSN degree in two different areas of specialization: Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. One option is the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN), designed to offer graduates without a BSN direct entry into an accelerated master’s degree program. The nursing program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
University of San Fransicso 
WASC
The School of Nursing at University of California, San Francisco offers a few different paths for MSN degree seekers: a Direct Entry pathway, an ADN/RN to MSN, and a BSN to MSN. The Direct Entry program is for students who hold a non-nursing degree. All options offer several specializations, including Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Public Health Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Health Policy Nursing.

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Colorado

Aspen University 
DEAC
The Nursing Department at Aspen University offers prospective students two options for earing a Master of Science in Nursing degree: an RN to MSN and a BSN to MSN. Students can choose from two specialty areas, Nursing Education and Nursing Administration and Management. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
Colorado Technical University
HLC
At Colorado Technical University, students can pursue a Master’s of Science in Nursing – Nursing Administration or a Master’s of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education degree program. Both degree programs are offered online and can be completed in approximately 18-20 months. As a military-friendly school and degree program, military nurses with a BSN are encouraged apply to the MSN program.
Univeristy of Colorado at Colorado Springs
HLC
The Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree in three specializations: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
University of Colorado
HLC
University of Colorado’s College of Nursing offers an MSN program with many different specializations to choose from, such as Health Care Informatics, Nurse-Midwifery, Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nursing Leadership, and many more. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
University of Northern Colorado
HLC
University of Northern Colorado’s School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. MSN programs at UNC are available to prepare Registered Nurses as either a Family Nurse Practitioner or a Clinical Nurse Leader.

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Connecticut

Fairfield University 
NEASC
Fairfield University’s Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies offers an MSN degree programs in several specializations, including Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Nursing Leadership. The program is fully accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education and requires all applicants to hold a current nursing license in the state of Connecticut.
Sacred Heart University
NEASC
The College of Nursing at SHU has four, online, CCNE accredited degree programs. Students in the program can pursue the Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, or Nursing Management and Executive Leadership MSN degree specializations. Depending on the program, students will need to complete a minimum of 120-348 clinical practicum hours to fulfill the degree graduation requirements.
University of Hartford
NEASC
The Department of Health Sciences and Nursing at University of Hartford offers MSN programs in three specialty areas, including Public Health Nursing, Nursing Education, and Nursing Management. Students can choose to earn their MSN in one of two ways: in person, hybrid classes or online classes. All MSN programs at Hartford are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
University of Saint Joseph
NEASC
Students enrolled in an MSN program at The University of Saint Joseph’s Division of Nursing can choose to specialize in one of four areas: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator. The program is fully accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
Western Connecticut State University 
NEASC
Western Connecticut State University’s Department of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree with two specializations: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education and requires completion of 41 specialized professional coursework.

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Delaware

Wilmington University
MSCHE
Wilmington University’s College of Health Professions offers a Master of Science in Nursing program designed to prepare graduates for advanced nursing practice as a Nurse Practitioner or in Nursing Leadership. There is also an accelerated program option as well as a dual degree program for those interested in earning both an MSN and a Master of Science in Management with the Health Care Administration focus or Master of Business Administration with a Health Care Administration focus.

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Florida

Florida Atlantic University 
SACS
The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University offers a few different options for earning an MSN degree: a BSN to MSN and an RN to MSN Bridge. There are many specializations to choose from, including Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Advanced Holistic Nursing, Nursing Administration and Financial Leadership, and Nurse Educator.
Florida State University 
SACS
​​​​Florida State University’s College of Nursing offers an MSN degree in two specializations: Nurse Leader and a Nurse Educator. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, is offered online, and requires completion of 35 semseter hours and 195 clinical hours.
Jacksonville University 
SACS
The Jacksonville University Keigwin School of Nursing CCNE-accredited, online MSN program offers three specializations: MSN: Clinical Nurse Educator, MSN: Leadership in Healthcare Systems, and MSN: Informatics Specialization. This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
University of Central Florida 
SACS
The College of Nursing at the University of Central Florida offers two ways to earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree. There is a traditional MSN degree and an RN to MSN program that allows students to complete both the BSN and MSN degrees in less time. The nursing program at the University of Central Florida is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
Unviersity of Miami
SACS
The School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Miami offers an MSN degree in three specializations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Family Nurse Practitioner. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Georgia

Albany State University 
SACS
The Master of Science in Nursing program Albany State University is built on the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and designed to prepare students to become Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) or Nurse Educators (NE). The FNP concentration requires 44 semester hours and the NE concentration requires 36 semester hours. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (Formerly NLNAC).
Clayton State University
SACS
Clayton State University’s School of Nursing offers an MSN program that prepares graduates to work as Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs). BSN students are required to take 46 credit hours with 630 hours of clinical experiences, and students with an MSN will receive credit for 6 hours and will be exempt from 3 classes, but will still need 630 clinical hours. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
Emory University 
SACS
Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing offers a few different options for earning a Master of Science in Nursing degree. They offer a typical BSN to MSN as well as an RN to MSN (Accelerated BSN/MSN) pathway. Dual major opportunities are available as well along with many specializations to choose from such as Adult/Gerontology, Nurse-Midwifery, Pediatric Acute Care, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and more. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
Georgia State University 
SACS
Georgia State University’s Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions offers a variety of options for those interested in advanced practice nursing. GSU also offers several areas of specialty including Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner, leadership with Healthcare Systems Administration and Informatics. The Master of Science is a web-based program and is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Hawaii

Hawaii Pacific University
WSCUC
Hawaii Pacific University offers a few different options for earning a Master of Science in Nursing degree: RN to MSN, MSN-AGACNP, MSN to FNP, and MSN-MBA. Students can choose to earn their degree on either a full-time or part-time basis. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
University of Hawaii Manoa
WASC
The University of Hawaii at Manoa offers an online master’s degree for registered nurses. The program focuses on building leaders for community and public health nursing with a focus on Hawai‘i and the Pacific Region. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Idaho

Idaho State University
NWCCU
Idaho State University’s School of Nursing offers Registered Nurses two MSN degree programs designed to prepare graduates for roles in Nursing Education. The program requires students to complete 43 credit hours and is delivered online.

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Illinois

Benedictine University
HLC
BU offers CCNE accredited, online MSN degree programs that can be completed in about two years. The Nurse Educator concentration consists of 21 semester hours of classes, and the Nurse Executive Leader concentration requires 36 hours of classes. Students can also earn a dual MSN/MBA degree, which consists of 78 credits and can be completed in about three years.
Saint Xavier University
HLC
The SXU School of Nursing has several CCNE accredited degree programs for students looking to earn their MSN. SXU offers several MSN degree tracks including Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Leadership, Executive Leadership, and Nurse Educator. Each program requires a minimum of 38-47 credit hours, or students can pursue a dual MSN/MBA for about 24 more credit hours.

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Indiana

Indiana Wesleyan University
HLC
Indiana Wesleyan University’s School of Nursing offers an MSN degree in the following roles and specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, Nursing Administration and dual MSN/MBA degree option. A few of these options are available online. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Iowa

Kaplan University
HLC
Kaplan University has several specialized, CCNE-accredited MSN degree programs like Executive Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Each program consists of a minimum of 60-90 credits, and 30 of those are core credits. Students may also be able to enroll in the MSN to DNP degree track if they are interested in earning their DNP.

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Kansas

University of Saint Mary
HLC
University of Saint Mary has a Master’s of Science in Nursing, Nurse Administrator and a Master’s of Science in Nursing, Nurse Educator degree programs. Both of these MSN degree tracks are offered online, consist of a minimum of 31 credit hours, and are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky University
SACS
Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Nursing offers a few different options for students interested in earning an MSN degree: an RN to BSN to MSN and a traditional MSN program. These programs are 100% online and require 48 credit hours to complete.

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Louisiana

Loyola University New Orleans
SACS
At the “Loyno” School of Nursing Graduate and Professional Studies, students can earn their MSN degree in any of their three concentrations – Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Leadership, and Nurse Educator. RN students without a BSN can also apply for the RN-to-MSN degree track. All of the MSN degree programs are accredited by the CCNE.

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Maine

University of Maine
NEASC
The University of Maine’s School of Nursing offers an RN to MSN and a BSN to MSN. s MSN program prepares Registered Nurses as Family Nurse Practitioners and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Maryland

John Hopkins University
MSCHE
The School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University offers a variety of options for those interested in earing an MSN degree. They offer an MSN program for students without a background in nursing as well as for RNs who have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

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Massachusetts

Aspen University
DEAC
Aspen University offers an MSN program that is accredited by the CCNE that encompasses 12 courses, 24 months, and 5 specializations. Aspen offers reasonable tuition rates in addition to a monthly payment plan. This cost can be cut down with transferring credits too.
Boston College
CIHE
Boston College offers several MSN programs including a traditional degree and one that is designed for registered nurses looking to take the next step in their career. Both tracks have several specializations available, including Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Family Health, Pediatric Primary Care, and Nurse Anesthesia.
Curry College
NEASC
The MSN degree from Curry College allows students to prepare for work as Nurse Educators or Nurse Leaders. This degree is backed by the CCNEand approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. More importantly, Curry College follows a 40 year tradition of excellence in nursing and allows students to enjoy a flexible schedule or transfer up to 90 credits.
Elms College
NEASC
When it comes to nursing, Elms College offers a robust selection of specializations and tracks that students can take advantage of. The School of Nursing at Elms College offers an MSN in School Nursing, Nursing Education, Nursing and Health Services Management, an RN to MSN track, an MSN/MBA dual major, and various certificates.
Emmanuel College
NEASC
There are two separate tracks for student interested in an MSN degree available at Emmanuel College: one in Nursing Education and the other in Nursing Management. Both programs allow students to continue on their career paths and seek national certification from the NLN or ANCC. This is a 36 credit hour progam spread over 11 courses.
Fitchburg State University
NEASC
Fitchburg State Univerisity offers an MSN degree that is 39 credit hours long, and is designed to be completed in 3 years. However, students have 6 years to complete the program. Potential career outcomes include Death Investigator, Legal Nurse Consultant, Medico-legal Investigator, and Risk Management Specialist.

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Michigan

Michigan State University
HLC
A master’s education from the College of Nursing at MSU prepares Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to be credentialed as a primary care FNP, Adult/Gerontological NP, CNS, or CRNA. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. Candidates entering the Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Anesthetist programs must hold a Michigan RN license.

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Minnesota

Walden University
HLC
Walden University’s Masters of Science in Nursing degree programs are offered online, and students can pursue Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited specializations such as Adult/Gerontology Acute/Primary Care, Family Nurse Practitioner, Leadership and Management, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics.

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Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi
SACS
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at The University of Southern Mississippi prepares nurse experts in advanced practice for role preparation as primary care providers in family (FNP) and mental health (PMHNP) care settings. All MSN Programs are online with one campus visit each semester.

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Missouri

Missouri State University
HLC
At Missouri State University, The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program offers a traditional as well as an accelerated option with a Nurse Educator specialization. Students entering the RN to MSN program must first apply to the BSN completion program. The Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education accredits the program.

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Montana

Montana State University 
NWCCU
The College of Nursing at Montana State University offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program delivered primarily online with teleconferences and video conferences used to supplement the material. Students admitted to the program are prepared as Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL). The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Nebraska

Creighton University
NCA
Creighton University’s College of Nursing offers an MSN degree program designed to prepare Registered Nurses in the following areas of specialization: Clinical Nurse Leader, Clinical Systems Administrator, Cardiology, Oncology, or Education. The MSN program consists of mostly online classes, but you are required to have some visits to campus.

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Nevada

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
NWCCU
The School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas offers two MSN programs for Registered Nurses in the following specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator.  The Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education accredits the program.
University of Nevada, Reno
NWCCU
The Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Reno offers several MSN programs designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice, educator, and leadership roles Students in the University’s MSN program choose from five specializations. Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and a license as a registered nurse.

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New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire
NEASC
The University of New Hampshire’s Department of Nursing offers three clinical practice tracks: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Evidence-based Nursing (EBN), and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Applicant may request full- or part-time status. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

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New Jersey

Seton Hall University
MSA
Seton Hall University offers Registered Nurses a few different options for earning an MSN degree. These options include the coursework to prepare graduates to work in such areas as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Health Systems Administration with Case Management, and Case Management/MBA. There is also an RN to MSN Bridge program designed for RNs with a Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing major.

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New Mexico

New Mexico State University
HLC
New Mexico State University’s School of Nursing offers an online MSN degree in Nursing Administration. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. The MSN Administration degree option is open to nurses who possess an RN license and a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing.

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New York

Columbia University
MSA
Columbia University offers MSN program in several specialties and subspecialties as well as a fifteen-month Masters Direct Entry (MDE) program that prepares students to enter the nursing profession as masters-credentialed registered nurses with a focus on care coordination.

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North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
SACS
UNC’s School of Nursing provides MSN degree opportunities for RNs with a nursing or non-nursing bachelor’s degree. Students can earn specialized MSN degrees in Health Care Systems, Pediatric NP Primary Care, FNP, Psychiatric Mental Health NP, and Adult-Gerontology NP, all of which are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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North Dakota

University of North Dakota
HLC
Students can pursue CCNE accredited MSN degrees with specializations in Nurse Educator and Psychiatric and Mental Health at the University of North Dakota. The Nurse Educator track consists of a minimum of 41 credits, while the Psychiatric/Mental Health concentration requires at least 57-59 credits in order to graduate. Both MSN degree programs can be completed either part- or full-time.

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Ohio

Cleveland State University
HLC
The School of Nursing at Cleveland State University offers several CCNE accredited MSN degree programs. Students can pursue specific MSN degree tracks such as Forensic Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nursing Education, and Specialized Population. The MSN degree programs consist of a minimum of 31-38 credit hours.
Ohio State University
HLC
OSU’s College of Nursing has multiple MSN degree programs that are CCNE accredited. Students can enter the program with a nursing or non-nursing bachelor’s degree. OSU offers MSN degree specializations in areas like Women’s Health, Nurse-Midwifery, Neonatal, Clinical Nurse Leader, Psychiatric Mental Health, Pediatric Primary Care, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Adult Gerontology Primary Care.
Ohio University
HLC
The College of Health and Sciences Professionals at Ohio University offer CCNE accredited MSN degree programs in both a blended and online format. Students can pursue an MSN in Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner degree tracks. The programs range from a minimum of 33 to 41 credit hours, and they can be completed in two years.
University of Cincinnati
HLC
Registered nurses with a nursing and non-nursing bachelor’s degree can apply for UC’s College of Nursing MSN degree programs. All of the MSN degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and students can specialize their MSN degree in FNP, Neonatal, Occupational Health Nursing, Women’s Health, Nurse Midwifery, and Primary or Acute Care Adult-Gerontology.

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma Baptist University
HLC
At the Graduate College of Oklahoma Baptist University, students can pursue a Master’s of Science in Nursing through the Nursing Education track or the Global Nursing track. Each MSN degree program track is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Nursing Education track can be completed in 18 months.
Oklahoma City University
HLC
RNs with a nursing or non-nursing bachelor’s degree are able to pursue an MSN degree at OCU. Students can pursue specific MSN degree track such as Nursing Education, Clinical Nurse Leadership, and Nursing Leadership. Each of the MSN degree track are accredited by the  Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
HLC
The Masters of Science in Nursing degrees offered at Oklahoma Wesleyan University are accredited by the CCNE. Students in the MSN program must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours plus the credit hours required by their degree track choice of either Nursing Administration or Nursing Education.
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
HLC
Accredited by the ACEN and/or the CCNE, the Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at OUHSC offers MSN degrees in Administration Management, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Education, and Family Nurse Practitioner. Depending on the program and their time commitment, students can complete their MSN degree in 2-3 years.

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Oregon

Oregon Health & Science University
NWCCU
OHSU has several Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited MSN programs at their School of Nursing including Health Systems and Organizational Leadership, Nursing Education, FNP, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Midwifery, Psychiatric-Mental Health NP, Pediatric NP, and Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP. These degree programs can be completed in two years.

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Pennsylvania

Drexel University
MSCHE
Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), students can purse MSN degrees in their advanced role or nurse practitioner tracks through concentrations like Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology, Pediatrics, Women’s/Gender-Related Health, Psychiatric-Mental Health, Nursing Leadership and Health Systems Management, and Nurse Education. Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professionals also offers an MS in Nurse Anesthesia degree program.
Penn State
MSCHE
Penn State’s College of Nursing MSN program has multiple degree concentration options, all of which are CCNE accredited. Students can either pursue the advanced practice degree options in Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP, or Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP. Students can also pursue advanced role options and earn their MSN degree in Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator.
University of Pennsylvania
MSCHE
Penn Nursing Science has a myriad of MSN degree programs that have received accreditation from the CCNE, COA, and/or ACME. Students can pursue nurse practitioner, advanced specialist, or administration-focused degree programs such as Neonatal NP, Psychiatric-Mental Health NP, Pediatrics, Adult/Gerontology, Nurse-Midwifery, Family NP, Women’s/Gender-Related Health, Health Leadership, and Nursing and Healthcare Administration.
University of Pittsburg
MSA
The School of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh has several CCNE accredited MSN degree programs. Students can earn their MSN degrees in areas like Neonatal, Nursing Administration, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Nursing Informatics. Some of these programs are offered online, and most of them can be completed in two years, depending on the student’s time commitment.

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Rhode Island

Rhode Island College
NEASC
The School of Nursing at RIC has MSN degree programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). Students can earn their MSN degree in Adult/Gerontology (Acute Care Emphasis), Nurse Anesthesia, and Population/Public Health.
University of Rhode Island
NEASC
URI’s College of Nursing offers a variety of CCNE accredited MSN degree specializations including Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Adult/Gerontology), and Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult/Gerontology). These programs consist of a minimum of 42-46 credits, depending on the degree specialization.

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South Carolina

Anderson University
SACS
 Anderson University offers CCNE accredited MSN degree concentrations in Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Executive Leadership, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Entering with a BSN, students can complete these programs within 15 months. All of the degree programs are offered online, while still meeting with the cohort and professors in person on occasion.
Charleston Southern University
SACS
Charleston University’s Graduate School offers two Masters of Science in Nursing degree tracks that are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Students can pursue an MSN degree in Nurse Educator or Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Administration, both of which are offered online.
University of South Carolina
SACS
The College of Nursing at UofSC offers four CCNE accredited degree specialties for their MSN degree programs, which are Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP, Psychiatric Mental Health NP, and Nursing Administration. The MSN degree programs are offered online, but students may need to go to the campus periodically during clinical rotations.

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South Dakota

Mount Mary College
HLC
Mount Mary College offers MSN degree tracks in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. They are both accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and consist of a minimum of 46-49 credit hours and 600 clinical hours.
South Dakota State University
HLC
The Department of Graduate Nursing at South Dakota State University offers several specializations for their CCNE accredited MSN degree programs including Nurse Administrator, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Educator, and Family Nurse Practitioner. Each degree consists of a minimum of 31-58 credit hours, depending on the degree program.

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Tennessee

East Tennessee State University
SACS
ETSU’s College of Nursing offers four, fully online MSN degree specializations. The degree specialties are Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, FNP, and Psychiatric Mental Health NP, and they are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Prior to entering the MSN degree programs, students must have an active, unencumbered RN license and a bachelor’s degree.
University of Memphis
SACS
The MSN degree programs at Loewenberg College of Nursing at U of M are CCNE accredited. Students can pursue an MSN degree in one of three ways, through their RN-MSN program (for RNs with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree), their Executive Leadership MSN program, or their traditional MSN program with specialized tracks in FNP, Nursing Education, and Nursing Administration.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
SACS
Students enrolled in the MSN degree program at UTK’s College of Nursing can pursue FNP, Psychiatric Mental Health, Nurse Anesthesia, Primary/Acute Care Pediatric NP, or Nursing Administration concentrations. The degree programs are accredited by the CCNE and Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs. Depending on the degree, students will need to complete a minimum of about 40 credit hours.
Vanderbilt Univedrsity
SACS
The School of Nursing at VU has a variety of advanced nursing practice specialty degree programs including Adult-Gerontological, Emergency, FNP, Neonatal, Informatics, Pediatrics, Psychiatric-Mental Health, Nurse-Midwifery, and Women’s Health. The MSN degree programs are all accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). Students can also apply for the ASN-MSN track.

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Texas

Baylor University
SACS
Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing offers an online MSN program. The Masters of Nursing in Leadership and Innovation degree program can be completed in 14-16 months and is accredited by the CCNE. The degree program is structured so that students will complete one course every five weeks, for a total of about four courses per semester.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
SACS
The TTUHSC School of Nursing has a plethora of MSN degree programs to choose from including Nursing Administration, Education, Informatics, Nurse Midwifery, Acute Care Pediatric NP, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP, FNP, Pediatric Primary Care NP, and Psychiatric Mental Health NP. The degree programs are a minimum of 39-51 credit hours, depending on the program, and are accredited by the CCNE.
Texas Woman’s University
SACS
Students can pursue a Master’s of Nursing in Nursing Education, Nurse Practitioner, and Nursing Health Systems Management. Potential TWU students can also apply for the RN-MS or Post Baccalaureate RN-MS degree programs. All of their MSN degree programs are accredited by the CCNE, and they consist of a minimum of 40-46 credit hours.
University of Texas at Arlington
SACS
UT Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation’s MSN programs are CCNE-accredited. They offer their MSN degree programs in on-campus, online, or accelerated online formats. Not all degree programs are available in all formats. Students can choose to earn their MSN in Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Family, Pediatric Primary and Acute Care, or Adult/Gerontological Primary and Acute Care.
University of Texas at Austin
SACS
The School of Nursing at UT Austin has several Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)-accredited MSN degree concentrations for students to choose from including Leadership in Diverse Settings (LeaDS), Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. These programs consist of a minimum of 39-49 credit hours.

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Utah

University of Utah
NWCCU
The College of Nursing at “the U” has several MSN degree programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Eligible students can pursue various MSN track such as Care Management, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, and Gerontology. The MSN in Gerontology program consists of a minimum of 33 credit hours, and can be completed in 1-2 years.
Utah Valley University
NWCCU
Admission requirements for UVU’s MSN degree program include a BSN from an accredited degree program, current RN license, passed an undergraduate statistics course, an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2, and three professional letters of recommendation. This program consists of a minimum of 34 credit hours, and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Western Governors University
NWCCU
With multiple CCNE-accredited MSN degree programs, WGU’s College of Health Professionals provides licensed RNs, both with and without a BSN, ways to earn their MSN degree online. MSN students can specialize in Education, Leadership and Management, or Nursing Informatics. Depending on the program and the student’s time commitment, any of the MSN degree programs can be completed in 1-3 years.

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Vermont

Norwich University
NEASC
NU’s MSN degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and is offered online. Students can pursue a concentration in Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, and Health Systems Leadership, and each one can be completed in 18-24 months. MSN degree programs start with three core courses that last for 11 weeks each and include 100 practicum hours.
University of Vermont
NEASC
The UVM’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences has two types of CCNE-accredited MSN – Clinical Nurse Leader degrees. Undergraduates can enroll in the accelerated MSN and complete the program in six years. Working RNs with a BSN can complete their MSN in three and a half years (part-time), with a minimum of 38.5 credit hours and 420 clinical hours.

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Virginia

Eastern Mennonite University
SACS
The Masters of Nursing program at EMU embodies their sacred covenant framework by bringing nursing and faith together. The MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and students can complete their degree online, in-person, or both through the hybrid program. Students in EMU’s MSN program can often fulfill their clinical hours close to their residence.
George Mason University
SACS
Many of the classes offered in GMU’s MSN degree programs are offered both online and in a classroom. Under the MSN umbrella, students can choose to pursue a variety of CCNE accredited degree programs such as Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Administration. GMU also has an RN to MSN pathway as well as nursing graduate certificates.
Liberty University
SACS
The MSN programs at Liberty University are offered entirely online and are accredited by the CCNE.  Enrolled students can also choose to pursue Nursing Administration, Nurse Educator, or Nursing Informatics specializations at about 42 credit-hours each. Before admission, students must have an active RN license. Bridge courses are available for students who have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.
University of Virginia
SACS
Most of the MSN degree tracks offered at UVA’s School of Nursing requires enrolled students to complete a minimum of 500 clinical hours to graduate. Students in the MSN program can choose to pursue a variety of CCNE-accredited degree tracks including Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP and CNS, Family NP, Health Systems Management, Neonatal NP, Pediatric NP, and Psychiatric NP.
Virginia Commonwealth University
SACS
Students interested in VCU’s MSN program must meet admission requirements, including a BSN from an accredited degree program and a current RN license. The MSN programs at VCU’s School of Nursing are accredited by the CCNE, and consist of a minimum of 41 credit hours. Students can earn an MSN in Adult-Gerontology, Psychiatric and Mental Health, FNP, and Nursing Administration.

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Washington

Seattle Pacific University
NWCCU
Accredited by the CCNE, students can earn a Clinical Leadership in Practice (CLIP) MSN or pursue the Nurse Educator specialization at SPU’s School of Health Sciences. To complete these programs, students will need to complete a minimum of 46-49 credit hours, depending on the MSN degree track. There are fast-track options for students with an ADN to earn an MSN.
Seattle University
NWCCU
Enrolled students can choose to earn an MSN in any of the following tracks Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing, Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, or Certified Nurse‐Midwifery. Each graduate nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Washington State University
NWCCU
The College of Nursing at WSU offers several CCNE-accredited MSN degree programs. Students can earn an MSN in Population Health: Nurse Leader or MSN in Population Health: Nurse Educator degrees, enroll in the RN-MN program, or work with an advisor to create an individualized study MSN degree. These programs can take about 2-3.5 years to complete.

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West Virginia

West Virginia University
HLC
WVU’s School of Nursing offers a 48 credit-hour MSN degree program that is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This program has specialty tracks that prepare students for pediatric or family nurse practitioner certification. WVU also offers a MSN/MBA dual master’s degree program that prepares students for nursing leadership roles.
West Virginia Wesleyan
HLC
The School of Nursing offers several MSN programs, which are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Students can choose to pursue Nursing Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, or Advanced Practice Nursing Specialties MSN degree tracks. Degrees range from 35-54 credit hours and can take 1-3 to complete, depending on the track chosen and part- or full-time attendance.
Wheeling Jesuit University
HLC
WJU offers a fast-track BSN-MSN degree program and a traditional MSN program where students can earn their degree from the Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, or Nursing Education Specialist track. The graduate nursing programs are accredited by the CCNE. For the traditional MSN program, interested students must have a BSN and a 3.0 GPA in addition to other entrance requirements.

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Wisconsin

Alverno College
HLC
The JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing at Alverno College offers post-master’s certificates for each of their four MSN degree programs, which are Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse (PMHNP), and Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (AGNP). Each MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Concordia University Wisconsin
HLC
CUW’s graduate nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). There are two MSN programs, a 41 credit-hour Nurse Practitioner program and a 39 credit-hour Nurse Educator program. Entrance requirements include a BSN from an accredited nursing school, minimum 3.0 GPA, an active RN license, current CPR certification, and passing a recent course in statistics.
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
HLC
Students can earn an MSN degree in Adult-Gerontologic Health Nursing or Family Health Nursing, and can choose a functional role preparation as either a nurse educator or nurse administrator. Each program is approximately 40-41 credit hours and is accredited by the CCNE. Students must have a BSN and an active WI RN license, and they will complete about 525 clinical hours in this MSN program.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
HLC
UWM has a Direct-Entry MSN program for students with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree, a BS in Nursing MSN program for students with a nursing bachelor’s degree, and a fast-track RN-BS-MN MSN program. Each program is designed to prepare students to become leaders in advanced general clinical nursing. The MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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Wyoming

University of Wyoming
HLC
UW’s Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing offers a Master’s of Science with Nurse Educator and Nurse Leader concentrations. This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Students must have a BSN and an active, valid RN license to apply for the program, and each concentration is 30 credit hours.

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Online

Benedictine University
HLC
BU offers CCNE accredited, online MSN degree programs that can be completed in about two years. The Nurse Educator concentration consists of 21 semester hours of classes, and the Nurse Executive Leader concentration requires 36 hours of classes. Students can also earn a dual MSN/MBA degree, which consists of 78 credits and can be completed in about three years.
Colorado Technical University
HLC
At Colorado Technical University, students can pursue a Master’s of Science in Nursing – Nursing Administration or a Master’s of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education degree program. Both degree programs are offered online and can be completed in approximately 18-20 months. As a military-friendly school and degree program, military nurses with a BSN are encouraged apply to the MSN program.
Grand Canyon University 
HLC
The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions at Grand Canyon University offers two paths to earning an MSN degree: BSN to MSN and an RN to MSN. Both programs offer many area of specialization, some of which include: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems, Health Care Informatics, Nursing Education, Public Health, and Family Nurse Practitioner.  The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education
Kaplan University
HLC
Kaplan University has several specialized, CCNE-accredited MSN degree programs like Executive Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Each program consists of a minimum of 60-90 credits, and 30 of those are core credits. Students may also be able to enroll in the MSN to DNP degree track if they are interested in earning their DNP.
Liberty University
SACS
The MSN programs at Liberty University are offered entirely online and are accredited by the CCNE.  Enrolled students can also choose to pursue Nursing Administration, Nurse Educator, or Nursing Informatics specializations at about 42 credit-hours each. Before admission, students must have an active RN license. Bridge courses are available for students who have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.
Loyola University New Orleans
SACS
At the “Loyno” School of Nursing Graduate and Professional Studies, students can earn their MSN degree in any of their three concentrations – Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Leadership, and Nurse Educator. RN students without a BSN can also apply for the RN-to-MSN degree track. All of the MSN degree programs are accredited by the CCNE.
Sacred Heart University
NEASC
The College of Nursing at SHU has four, online, CCNE accredited degree programs. Students in the program can pursue the Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, or Nursing Management and Executive Leadership MSN degree specializations. Depending on the program, students will need to complete a minimum of 120-348 clinical practicum hours to fulfill the degree graduation requirements.
Saint Xavier University
HLC
The SXU School of Nursing has several CCNE accredited degree programs for students looking to earn their MSN. SXU offers several MSN degree tracks including Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Leadership, Executive Leadership, and Nurse Educator. Each program requires a minimum of 38-47 credit hours, or students can pursue a dual MSN/MBA for about 24 more credit hours.
University of Saint Mary
HLC
University of Saint Mary has a Master’s of Science in Nursing, Nurse Administrator and a Master’s of Science in Nursing, Nurse Educator degree programs. Both of these MSN degree tracks are offered online, consist of a minimum of 31 credit hours, and are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Walden University
HLC
Walden University’s Masters of Science in Nursing degree programs are offered online, and students can pursue Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited specializations such as Adult/Gerontology Acute/Primary Care, Family Nurse Practitioner, Leadership and Management, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics.

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