APRN Programs

Nurses often pursue advanced degrees to become specialized advanced practice clinicians that serve in distinct roles as certified nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse leaders, or certified nurse-midwives. Advanced degrees also prepare nurses to work outside of the clinical environment as educators, administrators, researchers, and informaticists.

Whether providing direct patient care in the clinical environment, or working towards the betterment of healthcare delivery outside of it, by pursuing an advanced degree through one of our nursing schools, students can look forward to becoming leaders in the movement to improve patient outcomes while driving down the cost of healthcare.

Virtually all MSN programs are designed around areas of specialization that prepare BSN-educated RNs for specific career paths. For example, Loyola University's online MSN program allows RNs to choose a concentration in Health Care Systems Management (HCSM), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), or Nurse Education, while Sacred Heart University's online MSN program is available with a focus in Clinical Nurse Leadership, Nursing Education, or Nursing Management and Executive Leadership.


*If you’re an RN interested in entering advanced practice and becoming a nurse practitioner, earning a Master of Science in Nursing is your best option.

The online Master of Science degree in Nursing through Georgetown University's School of Nursing & Health Studies allows you to tailor your education to one of four population specific roles: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers currently licensed RNs an opportunity to earn their MSN through one of two online degree options:

Aspiring FNPs can earn an MSN Online through Nursing@USC in as few as 21 months. The program prepares students to deliver primary care while improving the health and lives of individuals, families and communities. BSN required.

Capella University offers CCNE-accredited online nursing programs designed to meet the needs of RNs at every career stage: