2017 Top Online Nursing Schools

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Evaluating Online Nursing Degrees

Since nursing is a hands-on profession, it’s near impossible to gain your LPN qualification, ADN or BSN completely online. However, many schools now offer hybrid programs that allow you to take core nursing and science classes via the Internet. Your clinical work could be performed at a local hospital, nursing home or medical facility.

During your search for online programs, you will find a lot of listings for online LPN to BSN or RN to BSN degrees. These are accelerated degrees that licensed practical nurses or registered nurses can take to gain a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Universities are more comfortable offering these degrees online because they know LPNs and RNs already have a certain amount of clinical experience under their belt.

Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Thanks to demand, online graduate nursing programs continue to grow in number and scope. You’ll find online RN to MSNs, direct entry MSNs and traditional MSN programs focusing on a particular specialty (e.g. midwifery, family practice, etc.). If clinical work is required (and it usually is), a large number of universities will allow you to complete your practicums at a nearby hospital, health center or school.

Some universities have taken cyber education a step further and now offer online DNP, PhD and DSN programs. These are usually hybrid affairs. In the case of an online DNP, for example, you might take courses and talk to your supervisor via the Internet. Meanwhile, you would be conducting research and working on a capstone project in your local area.

School Rankings

1

Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University has several online options for nursing degrees. Students with an RN can enter the post-licensure RN to BSN program, which is set up in a cohort format and takes approximately 19 months. It can be completed entirely online. Indiana Wesleyan also offers an online program that leads from an ASN to a Master of Nursing in either nursing education or nursing administration. This is an accelerated program that includes practicum hours in graduate-level coursework. The university also has a fully online dual-degree program for students who wish to earn both a master's in nursing and an MBA. The program requires 60 credits and prepares nurses for leadership roles in health care organizations.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

2

University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida has online programs for nursing students interested in completing a bachelor's degree, or in earning a master's or Ph.D. in nursing. Students with an associate degree or diploma who are Registered Nurses can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing completely online with the exception of clinical requirements, which they can complete in their local community. UFC's online Master of Science in Nursing program has tracks in Nurse Educator and in Nursing Leadership and Management. Classes are offered online, but students must come to Orlando for orientation and to present their maser's project. UFC also has online programs leading to a Ph.D. in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and an Executive Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

60,767 Students

3

University of Cincinnati

Licensed Registered Nurses can continue their education online with several programs offered by the University of Cincinnati. The RN to BSN program is offered entirely online in either a full-time or part-time format. Students can complete the degree in one academic year of full-time study or in 12 to 18 months of part-time study. The university also has an online program leading to a Master of Science in Nursing in several specialties: nurse-midwifery, family nurse practitioner, women's health nurse practitioner, and adult-gero primary care nurse practitioner. All coursework for the master's program is offered online, and students can complete any clinical requirements in their home community, so they never have to come to campus.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

4

Ohio University-Main Campus

Ohio University has a nursing bachelor's completion program that is available entirely online. Students interested in a Master of Science in Nursing can also complete coursework for the degree entirely online. The RN to BSN program offers eight start dates each year, and many classes are offered in a five-week format. Applicants must have an active nursing license and an associate degree or diploma in nursing with a GPA of 2.0. The online M.S.N. has a concentration in family nurse practitioner and can be completed in two years. All coursework is offered online, and students work with preceptors to perform required clinical work in their own community. The M.S.N. program is open to students in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 94.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

29,217 Students

5

University of South Alabama

The College of Nursing at the University of South Alabama offers a wide range of nursing degrees through its online programs, which provide coursework via the internet and allow students to perform clinical work in their own community while working with a preceptor. For Registered Nurses, options include an RN to BSN pathway as well as an RN to BSN/MSN pathway. The online Master of Science in Nursing allows students to specialize in about a dozen areas, including adult-gerontological care, family medicine, pediatrics, neonatal, women's health, clinical leadership, or health care informatics. The online DNP program offers similar specialties. Students in any program may be able to add a subspecialty, such as oncology, cardiovascular, or nurse educator.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 94.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

15,805 Students

6

Regis University

The Loretto Heights School of Nursing at Regis University offers two online nursing programs. The RN to BSN program is open to Registered Nurses with an active license who earned a diploma or associate degree. The coursework can be completed entirely online, and all classes are offered in an eight-week flexible format. Classes are asynchronous, allowing students to work on their studies at the time they choose as long as they meet weekly deadlines. Students may enter the program at three points during the year. Regis also offers an RN to MSN program that is delivered online. Classes are asynchronous and delivered in eight-week sessions. Students can earn both their bachelor's and their master's degrees in two to three years.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

7

Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem State University has an online option for students interested in its RN to BSN degree completion program. The university forms full-time student cohorts for the program and cohorts enter the program in the spring or summer semesters. Members of the cohort finish the program in 12 months, taking three classes each semester for three semesters, if students have the required general education credits from previous college enrollment. Applicants should have an associate degree and a nursing license. Space in the online RN to BSN program is limited. The program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

5,220 Students

8

Liberty University

Liberty University Online has programs for nurses who want a bachelor or master's degree. The RN to BSN program is open to applicants who have a nursing license and who earned an associate degree or hospital diploma in nursing. Classes are offered in an eight-week format that gives working nurses flexibility in scheduling. Most RN to BSN students complete the program in about two years. Liberty also has an online Master of Science in Nursing program with concentrations in nurse educator or nursing administration. Students work with a local preceptor and perform practicums in their local community (although applicants must confirm their state allows them to do this while taking classes from an out-of-state university).

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

9

University of Massachusetts-Boston

The University of Massachusetts Boston has an online degree completion program for Registered Nurses and an online program leading to a Doctor of Nursing Practice. The RN to BSN program uses a cohort format, with cohorts completing the work in five semesters. Students may have to take additional classes to complete general education requirements they didn't take in community college. The university's DNP program is open to applicants who have a master's degree in nursing who prepared as family, gerontological, or adult nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, or nurse anesthetists. Applicants must be licensed in and live in Massachusetts. DNP candidates have to come to campus for orientation, two intensives, and to defend their capstone project.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

16,756 Students

10

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The University of Texas Houston offers a bachelor degree-completion program for Registered Nurses that will become web-only with the spring 2017 semester. Completing the degree requires three semesters or 12 months. Applicants to the program must have 60 prerequisite hours, usually earned with an associate degree in nursing. However, students may be able to take some classes in the program before completing all prerequisites. The program covers 31 credits in nursing and 29 advanced placement credits, a Texas requirement. Web-based courses may require students to come to campus for exams. The program includes an option for students who are seeking a fast track to a Master of Science in Nursing.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

11

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has online options for students interested in a bachelor's, master's or post-master's degree in nursing. The bachelor's program is a RN to BSN degree-completion program that full-time students can finish in 12 months and part-time students can complete in 18 to 24 months. Classes are offered in a seven- or eight-week format, and students may be able to receive some academic credit for prior learning. The Master of Science in Nursing nurse educator program provides all coursework online, and students can complete practicum hours in their own community. The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a full-time, five-semester program that requires four on-campus meetings - a boot camp and three integrative experiences.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

30,690 Students

12

Purdue University-Northwest

Purdue University Northwest has an online degree-completion program for working nurses who earned a diploma or associate degree in nursing. Students can complete the 34-credit nursing portion of the program in as few as 16 months. All classes are offered in a five-week, online format, and students must take the courses in a prescribed order. Required courses cover topics such as nursing research, professional ethics, health promotion and education, nursing families, nursing the aged, safety in nursing practice, nursing leadership, and nursing informatics. Students finish the program with a capstone project. To earn the BSN, students must also take 24 credits in specific non-nursing courses, which are all available through Purdue Northwest as online classes.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

13

Frontier Nursing University

Frontier Nursing University offers advanced nursing degrees through an online distance education model that requires two sessions on campus. All students begin the program by attending a three-day orientation in Hyden, Kentucky, then return home to complete web-based coursework, which they can do on a full-time or part-time basis. After completing classwork, they return to Hyden for an eight-day intensive experience in which they develop and validate clinical skills. This Clinical Bound program is offered eight to 12 times annually. Students then return to their community and perform a clinical practicum under the guidance of a local preceptor. Students can use the program to earn a Master of Science in Nursing, post-master's certificate, or Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.; Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education

14

Drexel University

Drexel University has online programs for a wide variety of nursing degrees, including an RN to BSN degree-completion program, master's programs, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and many post-bachelor's and post-master's certificates in specialties. The RN to BSN program allows students to transfer up to 135 of the 180 required quarter credits, including credits for all general studies. Registered Nurses who already have a bachelor's degree can work on an advanced degree through an online RN to MSN degree. Some of the MSN specialties require students to attend a brief on-campus residency, which varies by specialty. Students may earn their MSN in areas such as clinical trials research, adult-gerontology acute or primary care, nursing innovation, nursing leadership, or pediatrics.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

15

Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University offers three online programs in nursing: Master of Science in Nursing - Case Management (post-professional), MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner (post-professional), and Doctor of Nursing Practice. The case management program is a 37-credit master's program that students can complete in four semesters of full-time study or six semester of part-time study. Students must complete an in-person preceptorship. The family nurse practitioner program requires 49 credits and can be completed in as few as 20 months of full-time study. Participants must perform three semesters of clinical practicums. Applicants for either MSN program must be a practicing licensed nurse with a BSN. The Doctor of Nursing Practice is offered online with a requirement for a three-day meeting on campus each December.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

16

The University of Texas Medical Branch

The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston offers a BSN completion program and several Master of Science in Nursing programs online. To enter the RN to BSN program, students must have completed all prerequisites and general education credits. Students can complete the BSN program is as little as two semesters, and they only need to go to the UTMB campus once, at the beginning of the program for a two-day orientation session. The online MSN program allows students to select from six specialty tracks: family nurse practitioner, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, clinical nurse leader, executive nurse leader, and nurse educator. M.S.N. students must visit campus for a few clinical experiences and evaluations.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

17

East Carolina University

Licensed nurses can find online programs to complete a bachelor's degree or earn a master's degree in nursing through East Carolina University. The RN to BSN allows participants to move quickly through the program. Some classes are offered in a half-semester format, allowing students to complete two classes in one semester but concentrate on one course at a time. Students may have to arrange practice experiences in their home community. ECU also offers an online program for students who want to earn a Master of Science in Nursing in clinical nurse specialist, nursing leadership, or nursing education. The clinical nurse specialist program offers tracks in neonatal and adult-gerontology. ECU strives to meet the clinical placement needs of distance students.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

CAG Score 95.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

27,511 Students

18

Nova Southeastern University

Nova Southeastern University has an online program for nurses who already have a bachelor's degree and wish to earn a Master of Science in Nursing. Nova Southeastern offers tracks in nursing informatics, health system leadership, and nursing education. Each program requires 36 credits, including a practicum that students can arrange to take place in their home community. The programs share a common core of 15 credits, with the rest of the coursework dedicated to the specialty. Students can complete the online program in eight semesters or fewer. An applicant to any of the programs must be an active registered nurse with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

19

Oakland University

Oakland University offers an RN to BSN program that is 100 percent online. Nurses with an associate degree or nursing diploma can earn their bachelor's degree in two to four years; students who take two courses per semester can complete the program in five semesters once they complete general education requirements. The program requires students to complete a capstone experience. All required general education and nursing classes are offered online. The program is open to nurses with a valid RN license who earned at least a 2.5 GPA in their diploma or associate degree work.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

20

Wilmington University

Wilmington University offers an online program for nurses who want to gain a Doctor of Nursing Practice as well as a degree-completion program for RNs who want to finish a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The amount of time it takes students to earn the BSN will vary depending upon how many general studies requirements they have met, which will vary depending upon whether they earned an associate degree or diploma. Students can find options to meet all general education requirements online, and all upper-level nursing classes are online. The DNP program is open to applicants who have a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

21

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville University offers online programs for active nurses who want to complete a bachelor's degree or earn a master's degree. The university's RN to BSN and RN to MSN programs are offered completely online, and classes are offered in eight-week sessions with no required log-in times to provide flexibility for working nurses. Courses are offered in six terms per year, and students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. All practicums can be completed near the student's home, and the program is open to U.S. military nurses stationed anywhere in the world. Jacksonville University also has an online MSN program for nurses who already have a BSN; specializations available are clinical nurse educator, health informatics, and health care leadership.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

22

University of Colorado Denver

The University of Colorado Denver offers a variety of online nursing degrees, from a bachelor's completion program to advanced degrees. The online RN to BSN program allows working nurses who earned an associate degree or diploma to earn a bachelor's degree, enhancing their career mobility. Nurses with a bachelor's degree who wish to advance their career further can earn an online Master of Science in Nursing. The university offers a 30-credit program in nursing leadership and a 35-credit program in nursing informatics. Nurses interested in working as a nurse practitioner or independent practice may be interested in the 41-credit Doctor of Nursing Practice, while those interested in research or health policy may pursue the 72-credit Ph.D. in Nursing.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

22,791 Students

23

The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama offers online programs for nurses leading to a bachelor's or master's degree or a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Working nurses with an associate degree or diploma can earn a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Nursing through the university's online RN to BSN and RN to MSN programs. The bachelor's program requires students to complete all general education requirements and 25 credits in nursing, while the master's program is an accelerated program that results in both a bachelor's and master's degree. The University of Alabama offers online MSN degrees in case management leadership and clinical nurse leader. The online DNP program requires students to attend one intensive on campus in the spring.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

24

Immaculata University

Immaculata University has an RN to BSN program that allows working nurses to complete their bachelor's degree in two years or less of online study. The program is open to licensed nurses who graduated from an accredited nursing program with a GPA of at least 2.0. Including transferred credits, students must earn 126 credits, which includes 41 general studies credits. Upper division nursing classes and support classes total 41 credits, and cover topics such as holistic nursing practice, holistic health assessment, nursing research, nursing leadership, nursing and the law, holistic care of the chronically ill, and a capstone project in public health nursing.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

25

Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing

The Goldfarb School of Nursing at the Barnes Jewish College offers a full-time, three-semester program for nurses who want to complete their bachelor's degree. Students may enter the nursing portion of the RN to BSN program after they have completed all required prerequisites and general studies classes. Students move through the online classwork as a cohort. Twice each semester, students come to campus for an all-day intensive experience, which leads to the completion of a major project each semester. Applicants to the program must have an active RN license and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Including transfer credits, students must complete 87 general education requirements before beginning nursing coursework. Cohorts start in the spring, summer and fall semester.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

26

Thomas Edison State University

Thomas Edison State University has online options for nurses seeking a bachelor's completion program as well as for nurses who want a master's degree or Doctor of Nursing Practice. The RN to BSN program is extremely flexible, allowing nurses to enter the program at any time and work at their own pace, as long as they complete at least three credits every 12 months. Participants in the RN to BSN program can apply nine credits to the online Master of Science in Nursing program, which prepares nurses for a role as a nurse educator, nurse administrator, or nursing informatics specialist. Students can complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice in 18 months with no required campus visits.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

27

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University offers a range of online nursing degrees, including an RN to BSN program, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and two master's degrees. The Master of Science in Nursing programs offered online have a generalist option and a family nurse practitioner option. The generalist option is a 30-credit program while the nurse practitioner program requires 48 credits. The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a clinical doctorate that allows nurses to develop their leadership and policymaking skills, and the program is open to licensed, practicing nurses who already have an MSN. The online RN to BSN program is available to licensed nurses throughout Arizona.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 92.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

27,705 Students

28

University of South Dakota

The University of South Dakota's RN to BSN program offers three options, depending upon how many classes a student feels comfortable taking in one semester and how quickly the student wants to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The fast track is a full-time course of study that allows a student to complete the degree in just two semesters. The traditional track allows students to attend on a part-time basis and earn the degree in four semesters. The progressive track allows students to work toward the degree by taking one course each semester. Students move through the program in a cohort, with cohorts starting each fall. Students complete clinical requirements in their home community or place of employment.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 95.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

10,061 Students

29

Jacksonville State University

The Lurleen B. Wallace College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Jacksonville State University offers an RN to BSN program and several Master of Science in Nursing degrees though its online education program. The MSN programs all focus on community health nursing. MSN candidates major in community health nursing and can choose to concentrate in emergency management or nursing education. The MSN with a major in community health nursing requires 38 credits, while adding the nursing education concentration increases the total to 50 credits, and the emergency management concentration requires 53 credits. Applicants to the RN to BSN program can complete their bachelor's degree in a year after meeting general studies requirements.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

30

East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University offers 100-percent online programs for nurses who want to finish their bachelor's degree or earn a Master of Science in Nursing. Online options for the MSN are concentrations in family nurse practitioner, nursing administration, and nursing education. Applicants to the MSN program must have an active, unencumbered nursing license, a GPA of at least 3.0 on undergraduate work, and must have taken an undergraduate course in statistics. The education concentration requires 39 credits, the administration concentration requires 36 credits, and the nurse practitioner program requires 46 credits. Students in the RN to BSN program must complete 32 to 35 credits and may choose a full-time or part-time course of study.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 94.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

14,434 Students

31

Olivet Nazarene University

Olivet Nazarene University has online programs leading to a Master of Science in Nursing and a degree completion plan for practicing nurses who want a bachelor's degree in nursing. The MSN program is offered in an accelerated format that allows students to complete 36 credits and earn the degree in just 16 months. The program offers two tracks: nurse education and management/leadership. Students take seven core courses and five courses in their area of concentration. Both tracks require students to complete a practicum of at least 180 hours. The RN to BSN program uses a cohort format and takes about 17 months to complete 30 credits. Both of the online degree programs have multiple start dates each year.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

32

University of Hawaii at Manoa

The University of Hawaii at Manoa offers a bachelor degree-completion program specifically for nurses who earned an associate degree in nursing and want to earn the four-year degree to increase their career prospects. The program is intended for nurses who have less than two years of experience. Courses are offered in an online format and students must earn 34 credits in upper division nursing coursework. The program has prerequisites of 44 credits in general studies topics and 42 credits in nursing and elective classes. Students can only enter the online program in the fall.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 94.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

19,507 Students

33

Keiser University

The Online Division of Keiser University offers a Master of Science in Nursing and an RN to BSN program. The MSN program is open to practicing professional nurses who have earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a GPA of at least 2.7. The MSN curriculum prepares nurses to lead evidence-based practices, improve quality outcomes, be lifelong learners, develop innovative nursing practices, and integrate services across the health care team. The RN to BSN program requires students to complete 60 credits, including 48 credits in nursing major classes and 12 credits in upper division general education classes, such as critical thinking and interpersonal communication for professionals.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

34

Old Dominion University

Nurses at all levels can earn a degree to advance their career through the online programs offered by Old Dominion University. ODU offers an online RN to BSN program, a Master of Science in Nursing with multiple specialties, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice with two specialties. MSN candidates can choose specialties including nurse midwifery, neonatal nurse practitioner, nurse administrator, family nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist/educator, or pediatric nurse practitioner acute/critical or primary care. DNP degrees are available in advanced practice or nurse executive. Many classes are offered in an asynchronous format for flexibility, and the university will work with the student to find a location for practicum experiences.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

CAG Score 95.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

24,932 Students

35

Western Kentucky University

Nurses with a bachelor's degree in nursing or an associate degree in nursing can earn a Master of Science in Nursing though online programs offered by Western Kentucky University. Students in either the MSN program or the RN to MSN Bridge program can choose a concentration in nurse educator or nurse administrator. Students in the nurse administrator program must complete 33 credits, and students in the nurse educator program must complete 40 to 47 credits. Students can complete any practicums for the degree in their home area. The university also has post-MSN certificates in nurse educator or nurse administrator that are available online.

Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 93.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

20,171 Students

36

University of Memphis

The Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University of Memphis offers a fully online program that allows Registered Nurses with an associate degree to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program does not require any campus visits and offers flexibility to working professionals. Most classes are offered in an asynchronous format with no need to log in at a specific time. Students in the RN to BSN program acquire leadership skills, learn how to manage and coordinate care, gain an understanding of technology and how it plays a part in global health care, and gain skills in communicating and collaborating with patients, their families, and other members of the health care team.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 94.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

21,059 Students

37

The University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas in El Paso has online programs leading to a Master of Science in Nursing as well as an RN to BSN program for working nurses who want to finish the courses required to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The MSN programs offered online are nursing education, nursing systems management, and nurse practitioner. Students in the nurse practitioner program can choose to specialize in family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner/primary care, or adult/gerontologic nurse practitioner/acute care. Students in the nurse practitioner program may have to come to campus up to three times per semester in the last three semesters of the program. They may also have to travel long distances to fulfill clinical requirements.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

23,079 Students

38

University of Alabama in Huntsville

The University of Alabama in Huntsville has online programs for nurses at several education levels. Online programs are offered for RNs who want to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, as well as programs leading to a Master of Science in Nursing: Leadership in Health Care Systems, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. A graduate certificate in nursing education is also offered online. The DNP program is available to both part-time and full-time students. DNP students must attend an orientation on the campus in Huntsville and an annual DNP Intensive each spring semester. The MSN program is entirely online except for two two-day experiences in Huntsville. Preceptor clinical experiences can be tailored to a student's career goals.

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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