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:

    Not applicable

  • 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:

    Not applicable

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

Master of Science in Nursing / 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:

    Not applicable

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

Master of Science in Nursing / 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:

    Not applicable

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

Master of Science in Nursing / 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:

    Not applicable

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

Master of Science in Nursing / 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:

    Not applicable

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

Master of Science in Nursing / 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:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    58
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Nursing / Education (RN to MSN)

The M.S. in Nursing—Education (RN to MSN Option) is designed for RNs with associate’s degrees or diplomas in nursing who are seeking to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    8
  • Credit Type:
    Per Term

Master of Science in Nursing / Leadership & Management (RN to MSN)

The M.S. in Nursing—Leadership and Management (RN to MSN Option) is designed for RNs with associate’s degrees or diplomas in nursing who are seeking to earn both a bachelor’s and...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    8
  • Credit Type:
    Per Term

Master of Science in Nursing / Nursing Informatics (BSN to MSN)

Informatics nurse specialists play an integral role in boosting the level of care at a healthcare facility. An outstanding nurse informatics specialist combines nursing science with the ability to...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    4
  • Credit Type:
    Per Term

Master of Science in Nursing / Nursing Informatics (RN to MSN)

Informatics nurse specialists play an integral role in boosting the level of care at a healthcare facility. An outstanding nurse informatics specialist combines nursing science with the ability to...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    6
  • Credit Type:
    Per Term

MSN - Diabetes Nursing (CCNE-accredited)

Capella University offers the only online Master’s in Diabetes Nursing, allowing you to earn your degree on a schedule that fits your life. This online degree provides you with the flexibili...

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

    Not applicable

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

MSN - Nursing Education (CCNE-accredited)

The MSN in Nursing Education specialization gives you the opportunity to develop the skills required to prepare future generations of nursing professionals at all levels, from an associate's t...

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

    Not applicable

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

MSN - Nursing Leadership and Administration (CCNE-accredited)

This online Master’s in Nursing Leadership and Administration provides you with the critical skills and knowledge required to make a bigger impact on health care policies and practices. The ...

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

    Not applicable

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    48
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter 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:

    Not applicable

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

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

South University provides a path for RNs, who do not currently have a BSN, to obtain both a BSN and MSN degree through an intensive online degree program. The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse ...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    221
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Master of Science in Nursing / Family Nurse Practitioner

The Master of Science in Nursing in Family Nurse Practitioner degree offers registered nurses the opportunity to further their career, with specific focus on the individual and families. Curriculu...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    62
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Master of Science in Nursing / Nurse Informatics

Nursing professionals may advance their careers by completing the online Master of Science in Nursing degree with a specialization in Nursing Informatics. Nursing informatics is essential for the ...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    52
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Master of Science in Nursing / Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Professionals with a registered nursing license can pursue an MSN in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner degree at South University. The program is adapted to the American Associatio...

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

    Not applicable

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

Master of Science in Nursing / Nurse Educator

The online Master of Science in Nursing with a Nurse Educator specialization is ideal for professionals that want to combine nursing skills with teaching. Nurse educators mentor other nurses and t...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    48
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter 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:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • 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:

    Not applicable

  • 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:

    Not applicable

  • 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:

    Not applicable

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

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