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 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

Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health (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:
    58
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education

Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education. This specialized degree program prepares advanced-professional nurses to address the ever changing and expanding educational nee...

  • 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

MSN - Nursing Informatics (CCNE-accredited)

Capella’s flexible Master’s in Nursing Informatics is designed to fit around your busy schedule. This specialization prepares you to play an integral role in the management of health i...

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

    N/A

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

MSN - RN-to-MSN Nursing Informatics (CCNE-accredited)

A bachelor’s degree is becoming standard for nurses, but you can take your education even further—all the way to your MSN. With Capella’s online, CCNE-accredited RN-to-MSN Nursin...

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

    N/A

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    68
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

MSN - Care Coordination (CCNE-accredited)

With new focus on care coordination due to the Affordable Care Act, now is the time to draw attention to the integral role you play as a nurse in improving patient engagement. Capella’s MSN ...

  • 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

MSN - RN-to-MSN Care Coordination (CCNE-accredited)

With new focus on care coordination due to the Affordable Care Act, now is the time to draw attention to the integral role you play as a nurse in improving patient engagement. Capella’s RN-t...

  • 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:
    68
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

MBA - MSN-to-MBA Business Administration

Get credit for what you've already learned and save up to six months and $8,640 on your degree — with Capella's MBA option for registered nurses who already have an MSN. Health care ...

  • 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:
    48
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

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

M.S. Nursing—Leadership and Management (RN to MSN Option)

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

  • 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

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

Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing

If you are an RN and your career goals require earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), consider the Accelerated MSN option. The Accelerated MSN opt...

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

    None

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    -1
  • Credit hrs to complete:
  • Credit Type:
    -1

Master of Science in Nursing / Informatics

Prepare to meet the clinical, educational, research, and administrative challenges associated with working in a technology-rich environment. Focus on the representation of health care data and inf...

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

    None

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

Master of Science in Nursing / Nurse Educator

Focus on developing courses and programs that integrate nursing philosophy. Examine the applications and both the ethical and legal issues related to the use of technology in teaching. Analyze ass...

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

    None

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    75
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Master of Science in Nursing / 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:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    60
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

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 / 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:

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