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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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 (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

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree available at Liberty University is structured for nurses who want to learn to use evidence-based research to improve the quality of care they can provid...

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

    Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    Hybrid
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    41
  • Credit Type:

Master of Science in Nursing / Family Nurse Practitioner

Combine your current nursing skills with training in the safe, effective practice of primary care for the management of acute and chronic health problems of both adult and pediatric patients. As a...

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

    None

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    90
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice / Family Nurse Practitioner

Combine your current nursing skills with training in the safe, effective practice of primary care for the management of acute and chronic health problems of both adult and pediatric patients. As a...

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

    None

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    90
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice / Adult Nurse Practitioner

Combine your current nursing skills with training in the safe, effective practice of primary care for the management of acute and chronic health problems of adult patients. As a student in this po...

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

    None

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    90
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Nursing—DNP Path allows you to study online and earn the credentials to pursue career advancement in administrative or advanced practice roles.* ...

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

    None

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    60
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Registered nurses (RNs) with a master’s degree in nursing could prepare to advance their careers by enrolling in the School of Nursing’s graduate-level Adult Nurse Practitioner Certifi...

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

    None

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    60
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Master of Health Science in Physician Assistant

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

    None

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

Master of Science in Nursing / Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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

    None

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

MSN / Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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

    None

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    55
  • Credit Type:

MSN / Family Nurse Practitioner

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

    None

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

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Earn your degree in Doctor of Nursing Practice from Drexel University...

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

    None

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    0
  • Credit Type:
    NA

Master of Science in Nursing / Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Sector of Institution:
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
  • Credit hrs to complete:
  • Credit Type:

Master of Science in Nursing / Nurse Practitioner

  • Sector of Institution:
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    48
  • Credit Type:

Master of Science in Nursing / Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Sector of Institution:
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    47
  • Credit Type:
    Semester Credit

Master of Science in Nursing / Family Nurse Practitioner

The Nursing@Simmons online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares Registered Nurses with the solid knowledge base, comprehension, and clinical ...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    48
  • Credit Type:
    Per Term

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Indiana State University offers a Doctor in Nursing Practice (D.N.P.). The courses for this program are currently offered completely online. The curriculum requires 85 credit hours for completion....

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
    N/A
  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    85
  • Credit Type:

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Program (DNP) at La Salle University has a strong focus on practice and provide access to environments of opportunities, knowledge and skill development. Students may enroll ...

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

    Roman Catholic

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    Hybrid
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    38
  • Credit Type:

M.S. in Adult Nurse Practitioner

The 41-credit M.S. in Adult Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurse practitioners by integrating extensive clinical practice with foundational knowledge that is required of all graduate nursing ...

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

    N/A

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Hybrid
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    41
  • Credit Type:

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