The master's degree in nursing program at Purdue Global is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
At Purdue Global, we are committed to preparing our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) students for the demands of the profession today and the challenges of tomorrow. Our online master’s in nursing is designed for nurses who desire to advance to the next level in their careers and pursue a growing number of opportunities for professional and personal fulfillment, such as management positions or advanced practice nursing.
At this time, residents of Tennessee may not enroll in the nurse educator concentration or executive leader concentration.
Residents of the following states may not enroll in the nurse practitioner population focus areas: Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia. In addition, residents of Kansas may not enroll in the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner or acute care adult-gerontology nurse practitioner population focus areas, and residents of Arizona, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, and Washington may not enroll in the acute care adult-gerontology nurse practitioner population focus area.
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Designed for highly disciplined, self-motivated learners with strong professional knowledge, ExcelTrack™ gives you the freedom to speed through course topics you know—so you can spend time on the ones you need to learn. Complete all your core courses in the ExcelTrack™ format and then transition to Purdue Global’s traditional online learning format to complete the remainder of your program.*
Purdue Global’s nursing master’s program offers:
Nursing credentials demonstrate your adherence to a higher standard and may be a condition for employment in nursing.† Our nurse practitioner certification pass rate exceeds the national average.‡§
Specialized educational degrees in a particular division of nursing can help you increase your opportunities in today's competitive health care field. Our concentration and population focus areas are designed to provide you with specific knowledge and skills to help advance your nursing career.
Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.
Demand is growing for nurses with an advanced degree. Purdue Global's Master of Science in Nursing allows you to study online and earn the credentials to pursue career advancement in administrative, education staff development, and advanced practice roles.** The Master of Science in Nursing is also a foundation for future doctoral studies.††
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is the first step to earning an advanced-level degree. Some nursing careers, such as management and advanced practice registered nurse roles, specifically require a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). While a BSN can open many doors for nurses, an MSN is best suited for those looking to specialize in a certain division of the profession.
The Master of Science in Nursing includes completion of the core curriculum, concentration or population focus area courses, and an evidence-based project proposal. Choose from five pathways designed to provide further knowledge in your chosen specialty and your specific advanced role:
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Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.
Access gainful employment information, including program length, tuition costs, financing options, and success rates.‡‡
Family Nurse Practitioner
Whether you are on your way up the corporate ladder or just getting started, our degree programs and certificates could help you prepare to take your career to a higher level.
*ExcelTrackTM is designed to advance your progress based on existing knowledge; however, degree pace and time and cost savings will vary by individual. Students must enroll in a minimum number of credits per term to remain eligible for financial aid. Refer to the Financial Information section of the University Catalog for additional information. The MSN program includes 6 core courses (30 credits) that are eligible for the ExcelTrackTM option; the remaining 6-10 concentration courses (30-60 credits depending on chosen pathway) will be completed in the traditional online format.
†Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, on the Internet www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
‡As of June 2018, 96.6% was the average pass rate for Purdue Global nurse practitioner students who graduated from a master's degree or post-graduate certificate program in 2017 and are known to have attempted the AANP's Family NP or Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP exams. The average pass rate for all master's and post-graduate AANP Family NP and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP test-takers in 2017 was 81%. In addition, 95% was the average pass rate for Purdue Global nurse practitioner students who graduated from a master's degree or post-graduate certificate program in 2017 and are known to have attempted the ANCC's Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner exams. The average pass rate for all ANCC Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner test-takers in 2017 was 19.8%.
§Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.
#Graduates who pass the relevant certification exam may be academically eligible for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse in any state in which the program is available for enrollment. Purdue Global has not made a determination with respect to the licensure or certification requirements for any other states or occupations. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information and program availability. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified and to have completed an accredited graduate nursing program in order to obtain licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse. Each national certification provider and state Board of Nursing will have eligibility requirements in addition to these educational requirements, such as passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they are eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as an advanced practice registered nurse in their state. Students can obtain additional information from their state's Board of Nursing, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
**Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.
††While many of Purdue Global's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any graduate or doctoral programs.
‡‡Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.