List of Accredited Online Degrees

Higher education institutions offer students the opportunity to earn a valuable degree in the multi-level concentration of Nursing. The core curriculums of students pursuing the nursing profession can be taken within three types of degrees. Nursing is a challenging and rewarding profession that consistently builds on previous knowledge and coursework with required continuing education courses, even after the degree has been awarded. The Registered Nurse (RN), the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) are the primary degree levels. Within each degree, a student can specialize in a particular subject of study or obtain a general education.

A registered nurse (RN) is a nurse, who has graduated from a nursing program at a higher learning institution or a college or university. A RN is required to pass a national licensing exam, in addition to completing at least an Associates level of education. The primary function of an RN is to aid individuals, families, and groups to sustain optimum health, prevent disease and inform the public. Registered Nurses are limited in the amount of care legally allowed to be administered. They can provide for the sick and injured in hospitals or other health care facilities, physicians' offices, private companies, schools, and public health agencies. Many nurses become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or licensed vocational nurse (LVN) prior to earning the advanced RN degree.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is traditionally a four-year academic degree in studying the core science and principles of nursing. Only accredited university, colleges and schools have the authority to grant a BSN degree, because of the strict national standards applied to the curriculum. The BSN prepares nurses for advanced professional role, surpassing bedside care, with coursework in nursing science, research, leadership, and informatics. A Bachelor’s degree creates opportunities for graduates to enter important career advancements and earn higher salaries. The higher degree also qualifies graduates for positions in administrative, research, consulting and teaching of basic nursing knowledge.

Graduate students continuing their education by earning a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) may use the postgraduate education as the foundation for entry-level educator and manager positions. The advanced degree may also be used as a prerequisite for doctorate-level nursing education. Graduate nurses with an MSN degree satisfy the minimum requirements needs to become a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, or nurse midwife.

List of Accredited Online Degrees

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Master of Business Administration & Master of Science in Nursing / Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems

Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Dual-Degree). In today’s complex health care environments, m...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Interdenominational

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    66
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Health Care Informatics (Bridge)

The Bridge to Master of Science in Nursing program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences or other related fields. The program is intended to meet the ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Interdenominational

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    54
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health

The demand for public health professionals is rapidly increasing as a result of health care reform, environmental health concerns, emerging and re-emerging diseases, sociopolitical factors affecti...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Interdenominational

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    40
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Health Care Informatics

Health care informatics is a rapidly emerging discipline that offers new frontiers requiring innovative leadership. As health care reform begins to impact all areas of the health care system, grea...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Interdenominational

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    36
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program provides broad and in-depth preparation for advanced practice and leadership roles in nursing. The program expands on current the...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Interdenominational

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    36
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

BSN - RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option (CCNE-accredited)

Acquire in-demand nursing skills and advance your career all while saving time and money with Capella's RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option. If you're an RN and have either your associate degree...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    N/A

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    180
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

BSN - RN-to-BSN Completion (CCNE-accredited)

Prepare yourself to meet the growing demand for bachelor's-prepared nurses. This RN-to-BSN online program incorporates the standards established by the American Association of Colleges of Nurs...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    N/A

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor Completion
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    180
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

MSN - Nursing, General (CCNE-accredited)

A master’s degree in nursing gives you access to a wealth of new information and knowledge within the health care system. Capella’s flexible program gives you the option to choose from...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    N/A

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    56
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

PhD - Nursing Education

This specialization is for current licensed registered nurses with a master's degree in Nursing. Develop the skills you need to make a difference, while maximizing your investment, wit...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    N/A

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    96
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

DNP - Doctor of Nursing Practice (CCNE-accredited)

Capella’s online DNP program prepares you to solve complex health care problems, shape systems of care and educate future generations of nurses. Unlike many online DNP programs, learning at ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    N/A

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    52
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Prelicensure)

Want to become a nurse? Now is the perfect time to become a Registered Nurse (RN). WGU’s B.S. in Nursing (Prelicensure) degree program prepares you with the content knowledge and extensive c...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    4
  • Credit Type:
    Per Term

B.S. Nursing (RN to BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) from Western Governors University aims to give its graduates a foundation beyond clinical aspects of nursing and expand their knowledge of evidence-b...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor Completion
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    8
  • Credit Type:
    Per Term

M.S. Nursing—Education

The Master of Science in Nursing Education from Western Governors University is a degree program that prepares registered nurses who already possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for an a...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    4
  • Credit Type:
    Per Term

M.S. Nursing—Leadership and Management

The Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis on Leadership and Management from Western Governors University is a degree program aimed at nurses who already are an RN, have a BSN, and want to ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    4
  • Credit Type:
    Per Term

M.S. Nursing—Education (RN to MSN Option)

The Master of Science in Nursing Education (RN to MSN Option) from Western Governors University is a degree program aimed at registered nurses (RNs) who have an associate’s degree or diploma...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    8
  • Credit Type:
    Per Term

MSN in Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Maryville University’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is designed to give active nurses the skills, confidence, and autonomy needed to become a nurse practitioner. Maryvil...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    None

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    41
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner

Maryville University’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is designed to give active nurses the skills, confidence, and autonomy needed to become a nurse practitioner. Maryvil...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    None

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    47
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Maryville University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to help prepare active nurses to become strong leaders who can not only transform and respond to today&rsqu...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    None

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    33
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Nursing / Family Nurse Practitioner

For nurses who hold a BSN from an accredited nursing program, Spring Arbor University offers an online, CCNE-accredited MSN/NP program. Family Nurse Pract...

  • Sector of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Free Methodist

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    53
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Nursing / Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

For nurses who hold a BSN from an accredited nursing program, Spring Arbor University offers an online, CCNE-accredited MSN/NP program. Adult-Gerontology,...

  • Sector of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Free Methodist

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    50
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Nursing / Nurse Education

For nurses who hold a BSN from an accredited nursing program, Spring Arbor University Online offers a CCNE-accredited Master of Science in Nursing – Education track that prepares nurses for ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Free Methodist

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    39
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN) / Family Nurse Practitioner

Family nurse practitioners provide primary care to patients throughout their lives. As a student of this accelerated RN to MSN Nurse Practitioner program, you can continue to work while le...

  • Sector of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Free Methodist

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    93
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN) / Adult Gerontology, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology, Primary Care nurse practitioners specialize in primary care for patients 12 years of age and up. As a student of this accelerated RN to MSN Nurse Practitioner program, y...

  • Sector of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Free Methodist

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    89
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN

The School of Professional Studies at Our Lady of the Lake University offers an online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This program is desig...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Catholic

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Online) Bachelor Completion

The School of Professional Studies at Our Lady of the Lake University offers an online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This program is designed for students who have ear...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Catholic

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor Completion
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

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