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Best Masters in Science of Nursing (MSN) Schools

Best Master of Science in Nursing Schools

Advanced practice nursing has become a lucrative and interesting career option for working RNs who are seeking a more challenging professional opportunity, a position in an administrative or management role, or the chance to work as a nurse teacher in a clinical or classroom setting. The schools listed here all have campus based nursing programs that make the completion of a practicum much easier than with an online MSN program. Generally the clinical areas of specialization for MSN students are confined to campus programs. Some of these schools offer blended programs with a percentage of courses offered online, combined with occasional campus visits for upper level courses. Find Masters in Nursing Online today.

  1. Gonzaga University is one of the better Western university campuses; a Jesuit school based in Spokane that opened its doors in 1881. Gonzaga has an undergraduate and a graduate program in nursing, both fully accredited by the CCNE. The Master of Arts in Nursing degree is offered on-campus and online with a number of areas of specialization for each format. There is a RN to MSN option for working nurses who obtained their training through an associate's degree or diploma program. There are four areas of specialization offered for the MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Nurse Educator, and Health Systems Leadership.
  2. Grand Canyon University has a campus located in Phoenix, Arizona and an extensive online education infrastructure. The nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The MSN options available on campus include Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist with Education Focus. The MSN degrees that are available both on campus and online are the MSN in Nursing Education and the MSN in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems. The Nurse Practitioner programs require 500 hours of supervised clinical work prior to graduation.
  3. Regis University is host to the Loretto Heights School of Nursing, an institution in continuous operation in Denver since 1948 and accredited since 1952. The Master of Science in Nursing program is offered as a MSN for nurses who hold a BSN and as a RN to MSN accelerated program that will lead to completion of both the BSN and the MSN for a nurse who holds an active license and has completed an associate's degree in nursing or a diploma. Clinical specializations for the MSN include Family Nurse Practitioner and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. The non-clinical option is in Leadership in Healthcare Systems.
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            M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Education
            • Which career path will you take – Business, Nursing, Education, Psychology? Something else? GCU offers more than 100 majors to get you started!
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            • College of Education: Whether you are looking to start or advance your career as a teacher or administrator, GCU offers bachelor’s and master’s in education degrees in key areas.
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            Online MSN Nurse Educator Degree
            • Students who chose the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty achieved a 95% pass rate on the national certification exam.
            • Grant and scholarship opportunities are available for nursing students who qualify.
            • The MSN program is 100% online and designed to be completed in 2 years.
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            • Ohio University’s School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
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            M.S. with Major in Nursing - Nursing Education

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            Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
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            • The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83.8%.
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            Master of Science in Nursing - Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
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            • Its student-faculty ratio is 16:1, and 43.1% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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            Master of Science in Nursing Online
            • Study at a university accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
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            MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner

            Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

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            Online Master of Science in Nursing (BSN to MSN-FNP)
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            • Student to faculty ratio of 12:1, with an average class size of 21.
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            Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator

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            The University of Saint Mary is a Catholic institution in Leavenworth, Kansas, that has been educating students since 1923. Guided by the vision of its founders, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, USM seeks to inspire students and to prepare them for value-centered lives and careers that will benefit our global society.

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