Get the details on programs from across the country with this comprehensive list of not-for-profit schools offering online and hybrid graduate nursing degree programs.
The University of Florida offers one of the largest ranges of specialties in the state in their BSN-to-Doctor of Nursing Practice program, along with a variety of other specialized graduate and post-graduate nursing programs. The dean of the university's college of nursing is a former president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the program is reliably ranked in the top ten percent of graduate nursing programs nationwide. The university is transitioning to a model where all students are encouraged to pursue a DNP, but they still provide the option to stop studying partway through the program, receiving an MSN and the option to return to complete the DNP at a later date. This program will continue through 2020.
Your options for a doctorate include nurse-midwifery and many other specialties, including acute care, adult care, family care and pediatrics, neonatal care, and psychiatric and mental health care. There are also many post-graduate specializations available as wholly online courses of study in the same subjects. You can also obtain a wholly online MSN as a clinical nurse leader in cooperation with hospitals in the Florida area.
The University of Arizona offers a number of online Doctor of Nurse Practice programs, though they require a visit to the Tucson campus for one week each year. If you pursue an online graduate degree in nursing from UA, you will begin with the August "RISE" event, a five-day intensive summer course. You will pursue your degree as a full-time or part-time student, and some of your courses may actually begin during the RISE event. Nurse practitioner training in pediatric care, adult acute care, family nursing and psychiatric and mental health treatment are all available. Programs for post-graduate certification or dual degrees are also available in these same fields, as well as a generalist option if you aren't interested in specializing.
George Mason University's College of Health and Human Services offers several master's degree programs in nursing. GMU has been rated one of the top forty graduate nursing programs nationwide by U.S. News and World Report, and the nursing department has received awards for excellence in distance education course design. Many courses are offered online, although the curriculum has not been designed for you to earn a graduate nursing degree entirely from online coursework.
GMU's master of nursing program has four concentrations: nursing administration, nurse educator, RN-to-MSN, and nurse practitioner. The nurse-practitioner program itself has two specialties, focusing on adult nursing and family nursing, both of which have been board certified in the state of Virginia. Shorter programs are also offered in nursing administration and nursing education, designed to build on skills you have already developed if you have earned an MSN in another specialty.
GSU's graduate programs in nursing are taught through the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions. GSU offers a variety of programs leading to credentials as a clinical nurse specialist or a nurse practitioner. All of the courses offered have online components, and many are offered primarily or wholly online, making it convenient if you reside in the area. Applications are accepted all year round, except for the perinatal clinical specialist and family psychiatric specializations, which only admit students in the fall semester. You can even apply for admission with an associate's or diploma level of RN training, though you will need to do additional coursework.
GSU offers clinical nurse specialist programs in adult health, child health, and perinatal care, as well as nurse practitioner programs for gerontology, pediatrics, women's health and family psychiatrics. You can also pursue a non-clinical degree in nursing leadership with a focus on nursing administration or nursing informatics, with the opportunity to sit for a credentialing exam in either. Finally, you can pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, if you already hold a master's degree in nursing.
Northern Arizona University's school of nursing offers master's programs in family practice, specialist and general nursing, with a strong focus on working in rural communities. NAU's nursing school also works closely with the Native American nations in northern Arizona. You can apply to NAU's nursing program without taking the GRE, or if you have an associate's degree in nursing and a bachelor's degree in another field. However, preference is given if you have three or more years of nursing experience, particularly if it is relevant to your specific program. You will also need a valid nursing license in the state of Arizona.
NAU's program has a strong focus on training family nurse practitioners, particularly those who intend to practice in a rural area. However, a nurse-generalist master's program is also available to broaden nursing training while permitting you to choose an emphasis for your studies. NAU also offers a post-master's certificate program if you have already earned a BSN but wish to become a family nurse practitioner, as well as a doctor of nursing practice program.
One of the top seven graduate nursing schools according to U.S. News and World Report, Duke University offers many MSN programs, including a number of specialties and six wholly online programs. Duke requires you to apply online for a particular track, and admission dates can vary. You can study full or part time, and most classes that are not available online are structured so you only need to attend class once per week. A year of clinical experience is recommended before you start your master's studies, although their Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program specifically requires two years of experience.
Duke offers numerous specialties for nurse practitioners, including acute and primary care for adults and pediatric patients, cardiology, and family and neonatal care. Non-clinical programs in nursing leadership, nursing education and health informatics are also available. If you want a wholly online program, Duke offers them in most of these specialties, though they expect occasional campus visits.
UND's College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines offers a range of graduate programs in nursing, with an integrated, culturally inclusive curriculum tailored to meet the needs of North Dakota and nearby states. UND also offers the RAIN program, a special project focused on helping Native American students pursue careers in nursing. Given the distances between the states, UND has also led the way in developing distance-based nursing education programs designed to work with students and help make use of their work environments as well as excellent distance education methods.
You can pursue six different specialist nursing degrees at UND, including several as a nurse-practitioner: adult and gerontology practice, family medicine, psychiatric and mental health nursing, and advanced public health nursing. Programs are also offered for nurse-anesthetist and nurse educator positions. All of these are entirely distance-based, and can be completed online with practical exercises at your workplace except for the adult-gerontology specialty, which is on campus. A program for earning a doctorate in nursing practice will start in the fall of 2013, and a PhD program for nursing is also offered with an emphasis on researching rural health.
Wilmington University's College of Health Professions offers several master's programs in nursing, including both degree programs and an online post-baccalaureate certificate in legal nurse consulting. Wilmington offers its courses in a range of methods, including traditional classroom meetings at several locations in Delaware and New Jersey, as well as wholly online offerings.
Wilmington offers a traditional nurse practitioner program with focuses in family medicine and adult/gerontology nursing. Their nursing leadership program is offered completely online as well as in two different traditional locations, with focuses on three different specialties - executive nurse leadership, nursing education, and legal nurse consulting (LNC). Enrolling in the LNC program will require a six-credit field practicum, and the class work can only be pursued online. Wilmington also offers a dual-degree MSN program, letting you earn a degree in Health Care Administration or an MBA alongside your master's in nursing.
The Division of Nursing at Tennessee State University is the only state-supported nursing master's program in central Tennessee, and has earned a commendation from the National League for Nursing's Accreditation Commission for the quality of its training programs. TSU's courses are offered in a variety of ways, with conventional daytime courses and evening and online options, though some of the specialist concentrations require courses at particular times or in particular formats. Applications are accepted throughout the year, with a July 15th deadline for the fall semester, November 15th for spring, and March 15th for summer. The program is designed to let you work full-time during your first year of classes, with a graduate fellowship program available during your second-year practicum courses.
A general MSN program is available, but many students prefer a concentration. You can pursue nursing education, which includes direct experience with teaching undergraduates, although this program has no online component. A family nurse practitioner program with evening classes is also available, as is a specialization in holistic nursing offered entirely online and designed for the needs of distance-education students.
Columbus State University offers an entirely online master's degree in nursing, offered in cooperation with Georgia Southwestern University. Ranked among the top schools in the southern states by U.S. News and World Report, CSU's nursing program boasts a pass rate of over 90% on NCLEX, the national nursing licensure exam, and a faculty who are typically still working in nursing practice, allowing them to design curricula that teach you what you need to know to succeed as a nurse.
CSU's graduate program requires you to hold a BSN as well as a minimum grade point average, a satisfactory GRE score, and professional letters of recommendation in addition to a nursing license. The GRE requirement may be waived if you already hold an advanced degree. There are two concentrations offered: nursing education and nursing leadership.