Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs: Students Before Profits Award 2014-2015

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The Students Before Profits Award was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line.  For our 2014/2015 Online Master’s of Science in Nursing award winners, we selected online programs from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition cost and have ranked the programs according to their affordability.

With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting a much greater than average increase in employment opportunities for registered nurses, graduates of advanced nursing programs will continue to be in high demand.  MSN degree programs equip registered nurses with increased practical experience, and theoretical knowledge in a variety of areas of clinical nursing as well as nursing education and nursing administration.  The Master of Science in Nursing will grant further opportunities for nurses to take on increasingly specialized jobs and leadership positions within their field.

The program featured in this ranking will require a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited college or university.  In a few cases, the program might offer an RN-MSN completion program which allows registered nurses to complete both their BSN and MSN in a single program of study.  These programs are noted when possible.


Note that tuition rates listed below are based on cost per credit and individual programs may have additional fees.

#1. Lamar University

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Lamar University is a public research university that was founded in 1918 in Beaumont, Texas.  Lamar enrolls over 14,200 students annually and is one of 29 public universities nationally classified as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Commission of Higher Education.

Program Overview
The department of nursing at Lamar university offers two graduate tracks for nurses seeking a Master of Science in Nursing  the Nursing Administration Track, and Nrsing Education Track) as well as a dual track in nursing and business.  All MSN courses are available online.  The MSN programs require a minimum of 37 credits for completion and full or part-time study is availble.

Accreditation: Lamar University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ADNUR).

Tuition  
In-State: $9,250
Out-of-State: $10,804

#2. Fitchburg State University

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Located in Fitchburg Massachusetts, Fitchburg State University is a public university enrolling over 5,200 students.  Founded as a “Normal School” for the preparation of teachers in the region in 1894, FSU now offers over 50 areas of major and concentration.    Some of the most competive programs at FSU include: nursing, communications, education, and business administration.

Program Overview
Fitchburg State University offers an online Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Forensic Nursing designed for registered nurses who wish to pursue advanced leadership positions in the community and the health care system. The graduate is prepared to contribute to the development of nursing science, to the improvement of health care, and to pursue doctoral study and for those looking to open up carrer opportunities in death investigation, legal nurse consultation, medico-legal investigation, advocacy, sexual assault nurse examination (SANE), forensic nurse hospital based expert, risk management specialist, and forensic mental health consultation.  The program requires a minimum of 39 credits for completion and can be completed 100% online.

Accreditation: Fitchburg State University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $11,856

#3. University of West Georgia

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Enrolling over 11,700 students, the University of West Georgia is a comprehensive university located in Carrollton, Georgia which offers extensive off campus study options in several locations throughout the state of Georia and at Georgia Highland College in Rome.  The was founded in 1906 and is best known for having had a peacful integration of its campus in 1963 without court order by inviting Lillian Williams, a young black woman, to attend the college.  The University of West Georgia is ranked #92 in Best Regional Universities (South) and #47 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
Ranked 48th in the Nation for Best Online Graduate Programs in Nursing by U.S. News the University of West Georgia offers a Master of Science in Nursing with options in either nursing education or health systems leadership.  Each of these programs require a minimum of 36 credits for completion.

Accreditation: The University of West Georgia is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $12,564

#4. Western Governors University

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Western Governors University is a private nonprofit, online university established in 1997.  The Universities goal is to “expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs,” and does so by students working in coordination with faculty mentors online and through frequent phone communication, taking tests online which are proctored via webcam and other online proctoring technologies.  The university enrolls over 46,300 students.

Program Overview
Wextern Governors University offers an online RN to MSN graduate degree completion program in nursing management that will enhance the nurse practitioners personal status and prepare them to make a tremendous contribution to the successful operation of healthcare facilities. The program is designed for currently licensed RNs who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree and earn a master’s degree.  The graduate portion of this program consists of 30 credits and can be completed in two years of study.

Accreditation: WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $13,000

#5. Thomas Edison State College

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Namesake of inventor Thomas Alva Edison, Thomas Edison State College was established in 1972 and is one of New Jersey’s 11 public universities and colleges. The school has been located in downtown Trenton, New Jersey since 1979.  TESC enrolls nearly 30,000 students.

Program Overview
Thomas Edison State College offers an online RN-MSN program for students who currently possess a nursing license and wish to earn both a BSN and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with preparation as a Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator or Nursing Informatics Specialist at the master’s level. Students in the RN-BSN/MSN nursing program will need only to complete an additional 27 credits beyond completion of the BSN degree requirements for their MSN degree.

Accreditation: TESC is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $10,989
Out-of-State: $13,257

#6. University of Southern Indiana

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Located in Evansville, Indiana, the University of Southern Indiana is a public university enrolling over 10,800 students. USI was founded in 1965 and has the lowest tuition rates among the four public universities in the state.

Program Overview
The University of Southern Indiana offers an online MSN degree program with concentrations in Adult-Gerontology (Acute Care Nurse Practitioner), Adult-Gerontology (Clinical Nurse Specialist), Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, and Nursing Management and Leadership. These programs require a minimum of 42-47 credits for completion including 15 credits in the students specialty area and 9 credit hours of nursing clinicals.

Accreditation: The University of Southern Indiana is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $12,978-$14,523

#7. Gardner Webb University

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Gardner Webb University is a private uniersity affliliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and is located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.  GWU was founded in 1909 by the Kings Mountain baptist Association.  The School enrolls over 5,000 students in nearly 60 areas of study.  GWU’s online offerings have won multiple awards.  U.S. News ranks Gardner Webb #34 in Best Regional Universities (South).

Program Overview
Ranked #68 in Best online Graduate Nursing Programs Gardner Webb University offers a Master of Science in Nursing with two areas of focus: Nursing Administration, or Nursing Education.  The degree with specialty concentration requires 30 to 36 credits. In addition to the two areas of concentrated study, the MSN program offers the MSN/MBA dual degree and the RN to MSN completion program option.

Accreditation: Gardner Webb University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (MNUR).

Tuition: $11,820-$14,184

#8. University of Texas—Tyler

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Founded in 1971 the University of Texas—Tyler is a public university located in Tyler, Texas and a member of the University of Texas System. The university offers over 90 programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels and enrolls over 6,700 students.  UTT is ranked #68 in Best Regional Universities (West) and #24 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
Ranked #16 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs, the University of Texas at Tyler offers an online Master of Science in Nursing  with a focus on Nursing Education
designed to prepare individuals for careers in service, education, primary care, and
research.  The program requires a minimum of 37 credits for completion which includes 112 clinical nursing hours.  The program offers multiple options for completion including a nursing thesis option for those planning on doctoral study.

Accreditation: The University of Texas at Tyler is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $1,850
Out-of-State: $14,837

#9. Delta State University

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Delta State University is a public university located in Cleveland, Mississippi.  The school was established in 1924 by the State of Mississippi and now enrolls over 4,100 students in over 40 areas of study.  DSU is ranked #92 in Best Regional Universities (South) and #47 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
The school of nursing at Delta State University offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program with specializations in Nurse Administration, Nurse Education, and Nursing Practice.  The Nurse Practicitioner Track has additional specializations in Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, and Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  This program requires a minimum of 44 credits for completion and can be completed in 2 years of full-time study.

Accreditation: Delta State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and School.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Colegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $15,136


#10. University of Arkansas

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The University of Arkansas is a public research university founded in 1871 and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a university with very high research activity, a distinction which only two percent of universities and colleges nationwide have received.  Enrolling over 25,000 students the U of A is the largest University of the Arkansas University System. U of A ranks #128 in Best National Universities and #63 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
The online MSN program at the University of Arkansas is designed for nurses seeking to open further opportunities in the area of nurse education in academic and clinical settings.  The program requires a minimum of 39 credits for completion and has a thesis option for 42 credits and can be completed in two years of full-time study.

Accreditation:  The University of Arkansas is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are recognized throught the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $14,118-$15,204

#11. West Texas A & M University

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West Texas A&M University is a public university in Canyon, Texas and is a member of the Texas A&M University System.  The university has an enrollment of over 8,300 students. It was founded in 1910 and features over 100 programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.  U.S. News ranks West Texas A&M #80 in Best Regional Universities (West) and #32 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
The Comprehensive MSN program at West Texas A & M prepares students to function at an advanced nursing practice level in complex environments. This degree allows students to tailor their nursing education around specific role specializations. Students will take the advanced clinical nursing courses of Pathophysiology, Pharmacotherapeutics, and Advanced Assessment to enhance clinical practice at an advanced level. The program requires 39-40 credits for completion and can be completed entirely online.

Accreditation: West Texas A & M is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $14,640
Out-of-State: $15,680

#12. University of Missouri

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The University of Missouri, or Mizzou, was the first public institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi and is currently the largest University in the state of Missouri, enrolling some 34,000 students. Founded in 1839, MU is one of the nations finest R1 research institutions and the first public university in the nation to establish a college specifically for the preparation of teachers.  Mizzou’s extensive Online college offers 70 online degree options and more than 900 online courses.  Approximately 3,000 students earn their degrees via Mizzou Online each year.  MU is ranked #97 in Best National Universities and #44 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
Mizzou offers an MSN program with two concentration options: Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems, and Nurse Educator. This master’s degree uniquely combines online theoretical courses and clinical practica to provide essential knowledge and skills to function in various roles within the field of nursing. While participating in the nursing educator program, a student also may decide to pursue a doctoral degree with the goal of an academic career in higher education.  While the course work for this degree can be completed online, both concentrations require clinical hours that require campus visits.  The Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems concentration requires 33 credits while the Nurse Educator concentration requires 41.

Accreditation:  The University of Missouri is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $13,530-$16,810

#13. South Dakota State University

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Founded in 1881 South Dakota State University is the second oldest and the largest university in the state of South Dakota enrolling over 12,500 students.  The university is located in Brookings, South Dakota and is a land-grant institution with focus on agriculture, engineering, nursing, and pharmacy.  SDSU is classified as an institution with high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation and is ranked #181 in Best National Universities, and #102 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
The Department of Graduate Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree with options in the following specializations: Clinical Nursing Leadership Emphasis, or Administrator Empahsis.  All programs are available on a part time basis (number of semesters is based on specialization). The majority of the program is delivered online; however, on-site time is also required.  The programs have a variety of tracks for completion including a thesis option for those who want to pursue postgraduate study.  Depending on the completion track the student choses the degree will require between 31 and 38 credits for completion.

Accreditation: South Dakota State Univesity is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $6,510-$7,980
Out-of-State: $13,795-$16,910

#14. University of Colorado—Denver

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The University of Colorado—Denver is one of three universities in the University of Colorado system and has two campuses, Auroria in downtown Denver, and the Anschutz Medical Campus located in the suburb of Aurora.  The university enrolls over 29,000 students on the two campuses as well as in extensive online program offerings.  

Program Overview
Ranked #10 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News, the University of Colorado in Denver offers an online Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis on Nursing Informatics, or Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Systems.  The program requires between 30 and 34 credits for completion and offers seamless transfer into the doctorate of nursing program.

Accreditation: The University of Colorado at Denver is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (MNUR).

Tuition: $15,500-$16,640

#15. Lynchburg College

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Located in Lynchburg Virginia, Lynchburg College is a private college affiliated with the Disciples of Christ denomination.  It was founded in 1903 as Virginia Christian College and now enrolls over 2,500 students.  Community outreach is a key component of the schools mission and 98,000 volunteer hours are contributed to various charitable organizations anually by students, faculty, and staff. U.S. News ranks Lynchburg #33 in Best Regional Universities (South).

Program Overview
Lynchburg College offers an online MSN degree program that is designed to prepare clinical nurse leaders to provide and manage care to individuals anywhere healthcare is delivered and improve clinical outcomes using evidence-based practice, as well as affect change within the healthcare system through the use of Quality Improvement and Healthcare Informatics that enhance understanding of the economics of care, cost-effectiveness and resource utilization.  The program requires 37 credits for completion and may be completed in 18 months.

Accreditation: Lynchburg College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $16,650

#16. Jacksonville State University

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Founded in 1883, Jacksonville State University is a public university located in Jacksonville, Alabama.  The university was founded as a Normal School for the preperation of teachers in the region and began operations as a comprehensive university in 1967.  JSU enrolls over 8,600 students.

Program Overview
Jacksonville State University offers an online Master of Science in Nursing Program w in Community Health Nursing with concentrations in Nursing Education and Emergency Management.  This program is  designed to prepare advanced community health nurses to address the health needs of vulnerable populations and communities as they currently exist and as they will evolve in the future. Students acquire advanced knowledge and skills in community needs assessment, analysis of aggregate data, health planning, as well as program development, implementation, and evaluation.  The program requires a total of 38 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Jacksonville State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $16,682

#17. The University of Texas—Arlington

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Located in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan area, the University of Texas, Arlington is a state university classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with “high research activity.”  UTA was founded in 1895 and served primarily as a millitary academy until the early 1900s.  Today UTA is the second largest institution within the Univesity of Texas system enrolling over 34,200 students, a 65% gain since 2001.

Program Overview
UTA’s Master of Science in Nursing program offers online programs of study for its Nursing Administration and Nursing Education concentration options.  These programs are designed to prepare Registered Nurses for advanced functional roles that require increased accountability, expertise, and leadership. Graduates are prepared to provide evidence-based health care in collaboration with other health care providers and consumers.  The clinical nursing pracicum components of this program are individualized and tailored to the student’s particular background and career goals.  36 credits at minimum are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: The University of Texas—Arlington is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $17,784

#18. Troy University

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Founded in 1887 as Troy State Normal School for the training and preparation of teachers throughout the region, Troy University is a public university in Troy, Alabama.  The uiversity enrolls over 31,000 students at campuses across the United States, Japan, Korea, and through its online learning environment.  Troy ranks #80 in Best Regional Universities (South) and #38 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
The MSN offered at Troy University is designed to provide graduates of baccalaureate programs in nursing the opportunity to develop the advanced knowledge and clinical skills required for leadership positions in nursing. The MSN program has two options for concentration preparing nurses for advanced practice roles as Nursing Informatics Specialists or Family Nurse Practitioners. The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate option is available for MSN-prepared nurses.  The program requires 39 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Troy University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (MNUR).

Tuition: $17,940

#19. Sacred Heart University

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Sacred Heart University is a Roman Catholic, nonprofit university located in Fairfield, Connecticut. Founded in 1963, Sacred Heart was the first Catholic university in the nation to be staffed by the laity.  SHU enrolls over 6,000 students and is ranked #38 in Best Regional Universities (North) by U.S. News.

Program Overview
Sacred Heart University offers an online MSN with concentrations in Clinical Nurse Leadership, Patient Care Services Administration and Nursing Education. The program can be completed in two years of full-time study. The school also offers an online RN to MSN bridge program that allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing while working towards their MSN.  The MSN program requires a minimum of 36-39 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Sacred Heart University is regionally accredited by the New England Associaton of Schools and Colleges.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $17,640-$19,110

#20. Cleveland State University

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Cleveland State University is a public university located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio and is part of the University System of Ohio.  The school was founded in 1964 when the State of Ohio assumed control of Fenn College.  Today the university enrolls over 17,200 students and offers over 200 programs of study.

Program Overview
Ranked #60 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News, the School of Nursing at Cleveland State University offers a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on population health. Four concentrations are available in: Specialized Populations, Nursing Education, Forensic Nursing, and Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Students may also choose to pursue a joint MSN/MBA degree. The program is taught on a part-time basis, and all of the nursing courses in the MSN program are taught on-line.
Interdisciplinary graduate certificates are offered in partnership with other departments within the University. The following programs are available: Gerontological Studies, Nursing Education.  The program requires between 34 and 38 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Cleveland State University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $17,714-$19,798

#21. Saint Joseph’s College

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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1912, Saint Josephs College is a Catholic liberal arts college in Standish, Maine.  Saint Joseph’s College Online offers graduate and undergraduate programs to more than 2,500 students which is more than double the student body enrolled on-campus.  Saint Joseph’s ranked 81 on U.S. News Best Colleges ranking for Best Regional Universities (North).

Program Overview
The Master of Science in Nursing offered through Saint Joseph’s College prepares practicing nurses and others in the health care community for leadership nursing roles in education or administration, which can be combined for MSN/MHA or MSN/MBA dual degrees, and as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care.  Specializations offered include the Administration Track, Education Track, and Family Nurse Practitioner Track.  The program requires between 42 and 46 credits for completion depending on the chosen tack.

Accreditation: Saint Joseph’s College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tution: $19,950-$21,850


#22. University of South Alabama

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Located in Mobile, Alabama, the University of South Alabama is a public research university founded in 1963.  USA offers over 90 programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate level through 10 colleges and enrolls over 16,000 students.

Program Overview
The MSN program offered at the University of South Alabama prepares graduates for advanced nursing practice and doctoral study. Graduates of the program are able to synthesize and apply advanced knowledge theories, and research to a specialized area of nursing practice and function as leaders in practice and to contribute to the advancement of the profession. The program includes a wide variety of tracks in both Nurse Practitioner and Non-Nurse Practitioner areas of study as well as Nursing Educator Track.  The program requires a minimum of 45 credits for completion.

Accreditiation: The University of South Alabama is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tution: $20,925

#23. Benedictine University

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Founded in 1887 as St. Procopius College by the Benedictine monks of St. Procopius Abbey on the west side of Chicago, Benedictine University is a private Roman Catholic university located near Chicago, Illinois. The school retains a close relation ship with the Benedictine order from which it takes its name.  BU enrolls over 6,800 students at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. 

Program Overview
Benedictine University’s School of Health Services offers an online MSN program that can be completed in 16-24 months. Students can choose from six areas of emphasis: Public Health, Health Education, Administration, Leadership, Disaster Management, Health Policy, or they may decide to design their own area of focus. The program emphasizes care for vulnerable populations and requires a minimum of 36 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Benedictine University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $21,240

#24. Jacskonville University

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Located in Jacksonville, Florida, JU is a private, nonsectarian university founded in 1934.  JU enrolls over 3,700 students and offers over 70 programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.  Jacksonville Universiy is ranked by U.S. News #73 in Best Regional Universities (South).

Program Overview
Students enrolled in the online Master of Science in Nursing program at Jacksonville University choose their specialization in Leadership in Healthcare Systems or Clinical Nurse Educator.  These programs are designed to broaden opportunities for working nurses in advanced and increasingly specialized areas of nursing.  The program requires 33 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Jacksonville University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $21,450

#25. Liberty University

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Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University was founded as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971 by the Reverend Jerry Falwell. It has long been considered a Christian academic community, the institution’s stated intention being the development of both the intellectual and spiritual nature. Enrolling well over 100,000 students, the majority of which are enrolled online, LU is the largest Evangelical Christian University in the world and the largest private nonprofit university in the nation.  Liberty University ranks #80 by U.S. News in best Regional Universities (South).

Program Overview
Liberty University Online’s MSN program offers nurses the chance to advance their careers as nursing educators and/or administrators. The program offers two concentrations: Nurse Educator and Nursing Administration. Practicum experience is tailored for each student’s interests and learning needs, while faculty mentors and approved preceptors provide further guidance for students within either a healthcare or educational setting.  The program requires a minimum of 42 credits for completion.

Accreditation:  Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $21,840

#26. Clarion University of Pennsylvania

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Located in Clarion, Pennsylvania, Clarion University is a public university and part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.  The school was founded in 1867 and now enrolls about 7,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs.  

Program Overview
Clarion University of Pennsylvania is ranked #37 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News and offers a Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration designed to prepare nurses to be primary care providers in settings such as community health centers, clinics and private practices. The FNP concentration is 45 semester hours long and includes 600 hours of clinical practice. The coursework for the program can be completed online, while the labs and clinicals must be completed on site.

Accreditation: Clarion University of Pennsylvania is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Tuition: $21,870

#27. Norwich University

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Founded in 1819, Norwich University, or The Millitary College of Vermont is the oldest private millitary college in the United States.  The school is locted in Northfield, Vermont and has mixed enrollment that includes a Corps of Cadets as well as traditional civilian students.  Norwich enrolls over 3,400 students.  U.S. News ranks Norwich University #74 in Best Regional Universities (North).

Program Overview
Norwich University offers an online Master of Science in Nursing which can be completed in just eighteen months of full-time study. Students take a comprehensive array of courses that teach the essential skills necessary to become a leader in the nursing field. In addition to basic courses on health systems analysis, leadership in nursing, and health care organizations, students have the opportunity to choose from one of two tracks including: Administration, Education.  The program requires a minimum of 37 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Norwich University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $22,792

#28. Ball State University

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Located in Muncie, Indiana, Ball State University is a public research university classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with high research activity.  Ball State was founded in 1917 as a Normal School for the preparation of teachers in the region.  BSU enrolls over 21,000 students and is ranked 3173 in Best National Universities, and #97 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
Ball State’s MSN program in nursing  is designed to prepare students for an advanced professional role. The program has two distinct tracks: leadership (educator or administrator) and advanced practice nurse practitioner (family). The master’s program is offered completely online and can be pursued through part-time study. Clinical experiences are arranged in the student’s own community and use an outside specialist (preceptor) in the student’s area of study who will provide supervised experience.  The program requires either 36 or 50 credit hours at minimum depending on the completion track.  An RN to MSN option is also available for students who possess a current nursing  license and want to earn both a Bachelor and Master’s degree.

Accreditation: Ball State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $11,052-$15,350
Out-of-State: $18,648-$25,900

#29. Clarkson College

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Clarkson College is a private nonprofit college located in Omaha, Nebraska which offers degrees in health sciences.  The school was founded in 1888 at the Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital and is affiliated with the Episcopal Church.  Clarkson enrolls over 1,200 students.

Program Overview
Clarkson College’s online Master of Science in Nursing program follows a rigorous and patient-focused curriculum designed to prepare graduates to function independently and collaboratively in designing, implementing and evaluating complex health care strategies in a variety of advanced-practice nursing roles.  Students in the MSN program choose from four specialties: Nursing Health Care Administration, Nursing Education, Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Family Nurse Practitioner.  Although the MSN program is offered entirely online, students enrolled in either of the Nurse Practitioner programs are required to complete minimal on-campus visits. The program requires between 39 and 47 credits for completion depending on the students concentration.

Accreditation: Clarkson College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (MNUR).

Tuition: $19,383-$23,359

#30. Union University

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Located in Jackson, Tennessee, Union University is a private, evangelical Christian university affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention in the Southern Baptist Tradition.  Union University was founded in 1823 as the Jackson Male Academy making it one of the State’s oldest institutions of higher learning and has since gone through many permutations.  Today, the school enrolls over 4,200 students and is consistently ranked among the best regional universities of the south by U.S. News, currently ranked at #12.

Program Overview
Ranked #56 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News, the Master of Science in Nursing program offered at Union University prepares students in advanced theory and practice in a specialized area of nursing. Graduate students are prepared to assume functional advanced practice roles in their specialty areas of nursing. Emaphasis’ offered include: the Education Track, Administration Track, and Nurse Practitioner Track.  The program requires between 39 and 46 credits for completion depending on the track chosen.  Union also offers an RN to MSN completion option for students looking to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in nursing.

Accreditation: Union University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $20,475-$24,150

#31. Angelo State University

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Angelo State University was founded in 1928 as San Angelo College. Located in San Angelo, Texas, the school is a member of the Texas Tech University System.  The university was one of only five Texas public schools listed. Notable alumni include Grammy Award winning musicians, Super Bowl champions, Emmy Award nominated actors, Texas Supreme Court Justices, United States Congressman, and executives at Fortune 500 companies, among others.

Program Overview
Ranked #34 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs, the Master of Science in Nursing offered at Angelo State University is a online program requiring a minimum of on-campus attendance requirements which are dependent upon the educational track to which the student is accepted.  Clinical requirements can usually be completed in the student’s city of residence within the state of Texas.  Preceptors and Clinical Sites are subject to approval per course requirements and expected course objectives.  Students can choose from emphasis including: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator.  The program requires 39 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Angelo State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (MNUR).

Tuition 
In-State:$7,800
Out-of-State: $22,035

#32. Excelsior College

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Founded in 1971, Excelsior College is a private nonprofit college in Albany, New York.  Excelsior College is known for being very liberal in its acceptance of transfer credit, essentially accepting any credit from regionally accredited institions if the course falls under one of Excelsior’s degree programs.  EC is also well known for its flexible, distance learning degree programs.

Program Overview
Excelsior College offers a Master of Science in Nursing program with three different options for areas of focus: Nursing Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics.  The Program is designed to broaden the students opportunities to take on  advanced roles within the field of nursing.  The program requires between 37 and 39 credits for completion depending on the emphasis chosen.  Excelsior also offers an RN-MSN option for licensed RNs who are looking to earn both their BSN and MSN through a single program.

Accreditation: Excelsior College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (MNUR).

Tuition: $22,015-$23,205

#33. Eastern Kentucky University

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Eastern Kentucky University is a public research university located in Richmond, Kentucky enrolling over 15,900 students.  Originally established as a Normal school for the preparation of teachers in the region in 1906, the school now comprises five academic colleges and offers more than 160 degree programs.  EKU is rated #55 by U.S. News in Best Regional Universities (South) and #22 in Best Public Schools.

Program Overview
Eastern Kentucky University offres a fully online Master of Science in Nursing program with three different options for emphasis: Rural Health Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health, and Nursing Administration.  The 39 credit program is designed to equip nurses with the ability to demonstrate the synthesis of expert knowledge for advanced nursing practice in rural communities, evaluate theory and research in nursing and related disciplines for their contribution to advanced nursing practice and professional role development, and prepare them for advanced roles within the nursing field.

Accreditation: Eastern Kentucky University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (MNUR).

Tuition: $23,010

#34. Saint Xavier University

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Saint Xavier University is a private Roman Catholic University founded in 1846 as a women’s college by the Sisters of Mercy.  SXU is located on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois. The school enrolls over 5,000 students and offers nearly 70 areas of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  U.S. News ranks SXU #49 in Best Regional Universities (Midwest).

Program Overview
Ranked #1 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News, Saint Xavier’s School of Nursing offers an online MSN in Clinical Leadership or Executive Leadership. Student will be trained in all aspects of nursing leadership, including finance, communication, marketing and management economics. The programs emphasize the care of under-served populations and overcoming health care disparities. A three day on-campus residency at Chicago campus is required for students in either program. Depending on the track chosen the program requires either 35 or 37 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Saint Xavier University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $22,400-$23,680

#35. Regis University

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Located in Denver, Regis University is a private, Jesuit university founded in 1877 in New Mexico. RU enroll over 9,700 students annually and is continually recognized as a national leader in quality higher education.  Regis is ranked #27 by U.S. News Best Regional Universities (West).

Program Overview
Regis University offers a Master of Science in Nursing in Leadership in Health Care Systems with focus options in Education and Management. The Education focus includes courses in advanced health assessment, physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology for the nursing educator. The Management focus includes courses in advanced management principles and practice, financial management and informatics. The program requires 39 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Regis University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $23,790

#36. Indiana State University

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Established as a “Normal School” for the preparation of teachers in the region, Indiana State University was founded in 1865 in Terre Haute, Indiana.  The school enrolls over 13,200 students and is classified as a Doctoral/Research institution by the Carnegie Foundation.  The school offers over 100 majors and areas of study and it’s graduate programs in education, biological sciences, financial services, fine arts, school of music, nursing, clinical psychology, public affairs, physical therapy, physician studies, speech/language pathology programs are nationally recognized.

Program Overview
Indiana State University offers a Master of Science in Nursing with three different emphasis options: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, and Nurse Education.  This a 48-51 credit program varying in length depending on the completion track chosen which includes a thesis option for those students planning to purusue postgraduate study.

Accreditation: Indiana State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and School.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (MNUR).

Tuition: $22,800-$24,225

#37. Frontier Nursing University

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Formerly the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, FNU is a private non-profit graduate nursing school established in 1939 in Hyden, Kentucky.  In 1990 FNU became the first graduate nursing school to offer distance education.  The school currently enrolls approximately 900 students.

Program Overview
Frontier Nursing Universities Master of Science in Nursing program that allows you to complete your MSN – to become a nurse-midwife, family nurse practitioner or women’s health care nurse practitioner – with the added option to seamlessly progress to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.  The program requires between 44 and 49 credits for completion depending on the particular concentration chosen by the student.

Accreditation: Frontier Nursing University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (MNUR).

Tuition: $22,220-$24,745

#38. Southern New Hampshire University

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Founded in 1933 as the New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Service, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit university located between Manchester and Hookset, New Hampshire. The state granted the college its charter in 1963, and the first baccalaureate degrees were awarded in 1966.  SNHU enrolls over 17,500 students. Its online campus boasts over 200 regionally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, and also has specialized accreditation for some its programs.

Program Overview
The online MSN degree program at SNHU prepares today’s nurses with the key competencies necessary for continuous improvement of the quality and safety of healthcare systems. Students will receive an intense education focused on patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, and evidence-based practice. By combining these skills with methods for leadership and management, students will be able to bring continual process improvement within the nursing profession.  Students can choose between two areas of emphasis: Clinical Nurse Leader, and Patient Quality Care and Safety.  The program requires a minium of 39 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Southern New Hampshire University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $24,453

#39. University of Alabama—Huntsville

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The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a public research university and a member of the University of Alabama System.  The school was founded in 1950 and has since grown to offer 71 degree programs at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels.  The school enrolls over 7,700 students.

Program Overveiw
The Master of Science in Nursing program offered by the University of Alabama in Huntsville prepares nurses who will influence the future of health care through visionary nursing leadership. Competencies include communication, financial skills, information technology, leading and managing change, policy analysis, and empowerment for professional practice. Graduates are prepared to assume positions in education, administration, management, or specialty area roles in a variety of care delivery sites.  The program requires 39 credits for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: University of Alabama in Huntsville is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $24,804

#40. University of Cincinnati

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Founded in 1819 the University of Cincinnati is a public research university and part of the University System of Ohio. Enrolling over 43,600 students, UC is the second largest university in the state of Ohio. U.S. News ranks the University of Cincinnati #129 in Best National Universities and #63 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
The University of Cincinnati offers an MSN program that provides flexibility in completing the program. Students can choose between the traditional MSN track, or Accelerated Pathway, and from a variety of specialties offered including: Adult-Gero Primary Care, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery, Nursing Administration, and Women’s Health.  The program requires between 40 and 47 credits for completion depending on the specialization chosen.

Accreditation: The University of Cincinnati is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $25,080-$29,469

#41. George Washington University

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Established in 1821, George Washington University is a private, nonprofit university located in Washington D.C.  The school is consistently ranked by the Princeton Review as being one of the most “Politically Active” schools with a great number of graduates going on to fill high positions in the United States and foreign governments.  George Washington University enrolls over 25,200 students. U.S. News ranks GWU #54 in Best National Universities.

Program Overview
Ranked #4 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs, George Washington University offers Masters of Science in Nursing degrees in the following five areas of focus: Adult-Gerontology, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Health Care Quality, Nursing Leadership and Management, Nurse-Midwifery.  The program requires between 36 to 48 credits for completion depending on the area of emphasis chosen.

Accreditation: George Washington University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $23,040-$30,720

#42. University of Massachusetts—Amherst

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The University of Massachusetts is a public university system in the state of Massachusetts consisting of four university campuses a satellite center and a medical school.  The university system also includes extensive online educational offerings.  Founded in 1863 UMass, Amherst was the first established university of the system and the flagship university.  U.S. News ranks UMass as #76 in Best National Universities and #30 in Top Public Schools. 

Program Overview
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Master of Science in Nursing concentration offered by the University of Massachusetts—Amherst prepares nurse leaders who design, provide, manage, and coordinate health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, and illness management services to individuals and clinical populations. The CNL applies research-based information and efficient and cost- effective use of resources to improve clinical and environmental care outcomes and effect change in healthcare organizations.  This program requires 37 credits for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: The University of Massachusetts—Amherst is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  The progams in Nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $27,750

#43. Frostburg State University

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Frosburg State University is a public university located in Frostburg, Maryland and a member of the University System of Maryland.  The school was established in 1898 for the purpose of training teachers in the region and gained university status in 1987. FSU enrolls over 6,100 students.  U.S. News ranks Frostburg #125 in Best Regional Universities (North) and #41 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
Frostburg State University offers a fully online Master of Science in Nursing program designed to increase the nurse’s knowledge and skills in the areas of leadership, advanced health assessment, evidence-based nursing practice, nursing informatics, complex healthcare systems and populations, and advanced practice nursing roles.  The program prepares nurses to assume roles in leadership of complex healthcare systems and as educators in a variety of settings including academics, community education, and acute and longterm care based patient and staff education.  The program requires 35 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Frostburg State University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $24,990
Out-of-State: $28,560

#44. Graceland University

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Graceland University is a small, private liberal arts university founded in 1895 by the Recognized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS Church), though it is now a non-sectarian university.  With campuses in Lamoni, Iowa and Independence, Missouri, the school enrolls about 2,300 students.  The university is rated #92 by U.S. News in Best Regional Universities (Midwest).

Program Overview
Graceland offers Master of Science in Nursing online programs with specialty tracks in either family nurse practitioner or nurse educator. These graduate nursing programs are designed to provide working nurses the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in nursing through the completion of a combination of online cohort courses, on-campus focus sessions, and faculty- and preceptor-guided practicum experiences in the student’s local community.  40 to 47 credits are required for completion depending on the area of emphasis chosen.

Accreditation: Graceland University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Educaiton (CNURED).

Tuition: $26,000-$30,550

#45. Loyola University

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Located in New Orleans, Louisiana Loyola University is  a private, Jesuit university founded in 1904.  The university is named after the Jesuit patron Saint Ignatius of Loyola.  Enrolling over 5,000 students Loyola is one of the larger Jesuit instiutions in the South. Loyola is ranked #11 in Best Regional Universities (South) by U.S. News.

Program Overview
Loyola University’s School of Nursing offers a 36 credit hour online Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Health Care Systems Management. The program is designed to prepare practicing nurses for administrative management positions and can be completed in two years. The school also offers an RN to MSN bridge program for students who have not completed a BSN.

Accreditation: Loyola University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $29,448

#46. Lewis University

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Lewis University is a private roman Catholic university located in Romeoville, Illinois.  It was established as a technical school in 1932.  The school now enrolls over 6,500 students in over 100 programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels.   Lewis University also offers a variety of accelerated technical programs for working adults.  U.S. News Ranks LU #23 in Best Regional Universities (Midwest).

Program Overview
Lewis University’s College of Nursing & Health Professions offers a 42 credit hour online MSN with specializations in Nursing Administration and Nursing Education.  These programs will increase the working nurses opportunities for employment in increasingly specialized areas of nursing by preparing them to take roles of leadership in clinical and educational settings.  A thesis must be completed for graduation.

Accreditation: Lewis University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Educatin (CNURED).

Tuition: $31,500

#47. Gonzaga University

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Gonzaga University is a private Jesuit university located in Spokane, Washington the school was founded in 1887 by the Italian priest and missionary Father Joseph Cataldo, SJ, as a school for the Native Americans in the region.  Today the school enrolls over 7,600 students and offers degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels.  U.S. News ranks Gonzaga University #3 in Best Regional Universities (West) and #2 in Best Value Schools.

Program Overview
Gonzaga University’s Department of Nursing offers a 36 credit hour online Master of Science in Nursing program with specializations in Nurse Educator and Health Systems Leadership. The school also offers an online RN to MSN program with a Nurse Educator specialty. The programs are designed to prepare professionals nurses with the knowledge, skills and values they need for advanced nursing practice and leadership. Special emphasis is given to preparing nurses for working with historically under-served populations.

Accreditation: Gonzaga University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $31,820

#48. University of Alabama

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Located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the University of Alabama is the flagship campus of the University of Alabama System and enrolls over 36,100 students. Founded in 1831 as an academy-style institution, UA was ranked first among public institutions and fourth out of all universities in in the 2012-2013 enrollment of National Merit Scholars and is currently ranked #88 in Best National Universities and #38 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview:
The Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama offers an RN to MSN program that provides an accelerated option for students who choose to pursue an advanced degree as a nurse case manager or a clinical nurse leader. This track requires two years of nursing courses (seven semesters) following completion of the core requirements. The MSN portion of the program requires between 38 and 55 credits for completion depending on the area of emphasis chosen.

Accreditation: The University of Alabama is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $24,168-$34,980

#49. Western Carolina University

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Western Carolina University is a public university founded in 1889 to educate the people of the western North Carolina mountains. WCU is located in Cullowhee, North Carolina and enrolls over 10,300 students in the university’s traditional and online programs at the undergergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.. Western Carolina University is noted as being one of the most environmentally responsible universities by the Princeton Review and is ranked #37 in Best Regional Universities (South) and #15 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
Western Carolina University’s graduate studies in nursing provide students with academic and field-based experiences that lead to a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing. The online program prepares nurses in the following areas of focus: Nurse Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, and Nurse Leadership.  The program requires between 38 and 66 credits depending on the area of emphasis chosen.

Accreditation: Western Carolina University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $8,740-$15,180
Out-of-State: $26,600-$46,200

#50. Drexel University

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Enrolling over 25,500 students between three campuses in Philadelphia, and one in Sacramento, California, Drexel University is private, nonprofit, research university founded in 1891.  Drexel University is consistently ranked as having one of the best cooperative education programs in the nation.  Named “the Ultimate Internship,” Drexel’s Co-op program grants students a variety of hands on, paid, full-time working experiences before graduation through some 1,600 corporate, governmental, and non-profit partners in 28 states and 25 international locations.  DU has offered online courses since 1996 and is recognized as one of the nation’s pioneers in distance learning.  U.S. News ranked the university #95 in Best National Universities and #10 in Up-and-Coming Schools.

Program Overview
Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions offers an online MSN program with concentrations in Innovation and Intra/Entrepreneurship in Advanced Nursing Practice, Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management, Clinical Trials Research, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. The school also offers an online RN to MSN bridge program.  Some on-campus study may be required. The MSN programs require between 46 and 49 credits for completion depending on the area of emphasis chosen.

Accreditation: Drexel University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tution: $38,410-$40,915