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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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

DNP - BSN-to-DNP (CCNE-accredited)

Earning a BSN to DNP program online can save you time and money. Capella's pathway takes you straight from your BSN to a DNP, allowing you to get to your goal of achieving a doctoral degree fa...

  • 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:
    68
  • 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

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

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 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 / Executive Leader

Focus on the principles of personnel management, policy development and implementation, budgeting, and the use of information technology in advanced nursing roles. Complete a practicum experience ...

  • 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

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

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Kaplan University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to thrive in today’s rapidly changing health care environment. With the shrinking n...

  • 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

Doctor of Nursing Practice

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

    Roman Catholic

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    31
  • Credit Type:
    Semester Credit

Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • Sector of Institution:
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    39
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • Sector of Institution:
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    36
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Doctorate of Nursing Practice

  • Sector of Institution:
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    Hybrid
  • Credit hrs to complete:
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Doctor of Education / Nursing Education

  • Sector of Institution:
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    18
  • Credit Type:
    Per Course

Doctor of Philosophy in Education / Nursing Education

  • Sector of Institution:
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    20
  • Credit Type:
    Per Course

Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • Sector of Institution:
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    35
  • Credit Type:
    Semester Credit

Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • Sector of Institution:
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    34
  • Credit Type:
    Semester Credit

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

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:

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Loyola University Chicago offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree for students through the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. This degree provides students with the knowledge and skills needed...

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

    Roman Catholic Church in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    Hybrid
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    34
  • Credit Type:

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Loyola University of New Orleans is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. The university is established on Jesuit Faith, but is open to students of all faiths and encour...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
    Jesuit and Catholic
  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    39
  • Credit Type:

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Medical University of South Carolina offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The program allows individuals to become knowledgeable in the most contemporary aspects that experts incorp...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    N/A

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

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