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Online Master's Degree in Nursing

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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.

Why Should You Earn a Master’s Degree in Nursing at Purdue Global?

  • We offer a structured program, designed with the flexibility needed for nurses to balance work and life responsibilities with their studies
  • Prepare for managerial positions and advanced practice roles
  • Specialize in areas such as nurse educator or executive leader, or in the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, or family nurse practitioner, primary care population focus areas

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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CCNE Accredited

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).

ExcelTrackTM Master of Science in Nursing

A Faster, More Affordable Way to Earn Your Degree Online

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.*

Master's Degree in Nursing Program Highlights

Purdue Global’s nursing master’s program offers:

  • A curriculum with specialized courses in organizational theory, health care finance, health policy, human resources, information technology, and health care systems
  • Faculty- and preceptor-guided practicum or clinical experiences in your community designed to provide knowledge and mentoring specific to your pathway
  • Current information and techniques taught by practicing professionals who have advanced degrees in nursing
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Prepare for Certification

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.‡§

  • Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner population focus area: Upon completion of the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner focus area, you may be eligible to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).
  • Adult-gerontology nurse practitioner population focus area: Upon completion of the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner focus area, you may be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners’ Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification. 
  • Executive leader concentration: Upon completion of the executive leader concentration, you may be eligible to sit for the Nurse Executive or the Nurse Executive, Advanced certification examinations if you also meet the eligibility requirements of the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
  • Family nurse practitioner population focus area: Upon completion of the family nurse practitioner focus area, you may be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Family Nurse Practitioner certification or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners’ Family Nurse Practitioner certification. These are primary care certifications.
  • Nurse educator concentration: Upon completion of the nurse educator concentration, you may be prepared to sit for the National League for Nursing's Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examination and/or the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Nursing Professional Development board certification examination.
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Pathways

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.

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Gain the specialized knowledge and hands-on experience you need to provide direct care for acutely and critically ill patients, which includes accessing, diagnosing, monitoring, treating, and coordinating care. This population focus areas includes a 3-day in-person skills intensive at our Indianapolis location that will provide you with rapid immersion into hands-on techniques necessary to care for critically ill patients. In addition, you must complete 530 hours of clinical experiences in which theoretical knowledge is applied to members of the target population under the supervision of a qualified preceptor and faculty.#
     
    Note: The Master of Science in Nursing with adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner population focus is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.
  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner: Explore how to promote holistic health care to members of the adult and older adult population through assessment, diagnosis, and comprehensive treatment of chronic health problems. Prepare to serve as an advocate for clients as they navigate the health care system. You will complete 640 hours of clinical experiences in which theoretical knowledge is applied to members of the target population under the supervision of a qualified preceptor and faculty
  • Executive Leader: Focus on the principles of personnel management, policy development and implementation, budgeting, and the use of information technology in advanced nursing roles. Prepare for administrative or managerial positions and leadership roles in health care systems. You will complete a practicum experience during which you will work with a preceptor who is an experienced seasoned nurse administrator in the contemporary health care setting.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: Explore how to promote holistic health care to adults and children in a family systems context through the assessment, diagnosis, and management of chronic health problems. Prepare to serve as advocates for clients as they navigate the health care system. You will complete 640 hours of clinical experiences in which theoretical knowledge is applied to members of the target population under the supervision of a qualified preceptor and faculty.#
  • Nurse Educator: Focus on developing courses and programs that integrate nursing and educational philosophy. Examine the applications and ethical and legal issues related to the use of technology in teaching. Analyze assessment, measurement, and evaluation methods used in nursing education. Prepare for a faculty or educator role in colleges or schools of nursing, continuing education programs, staff development, clinical education, and patient and community education. Explore strategies for developing effective educational experiences. You will complete a clinical experience during which you will work with a preceptor who is a seasoned nurse educator in the contemporary health care or educational setting.
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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

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.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

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.††

What Is the Difference Between a BSN and an MSN Degree Path?


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.

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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

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What Courses Will I Take?

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:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
  • Executive Leader
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care (FNP)
  • Nurse Educator
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Exec/Edu
  • Core Credits30
  • Elective Credits30
  • Total Credits60
AGACNP
  • Core Credits30
  • Elective Credits51
  • Total Credits81
AGNP/FNP
  • Core Credits30
  • Elective Credits60
  • Total Credits90

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

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Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.


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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*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.