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Top RN to MSN Programs

For many years, the nursing profession has been one of the most in demand jobs in the country. For people who are already in the nursing profession and want to increase their income, they should consider going back to school and obtaining their master’s in nursing degree, otherwise known as a MSN degree. There are many online MSN degree programs to choose from, so the problem becomes deciding which one to choose.

Featured RN to MSN Programs

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Walden University International: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – RN Track – General

Western Governors University: M.S. Nursing –Education (RN to MSN Option)

This article will examine many of the best MSN programs that are currently available. These programs were chosen based on their reputation in major college review publications. You will find out the unique characteristics of each program, allowing you to decide which one is best for your particular educational needs. Without further ado, here they are:

Ball State University

Executive Summary
The Princeton Review has named Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana as one of the outstanding universities in the Midwest. It is currently ranked #8 overall on the list of colleges and universities that is found in U.S. News & World Report.

Tuition
Residents of the state of Indiana will need to pay $299 per credit hour. This makes the master’s in nursing program at Ball State one of the most affordable out of the programs we will be covering. People who are not residents of the state of Indiana will need to pay $364 per credit hour. The total cost of an online master’s degree from Ball State University will be $9,800-$14,900 for Indiana residents and $12,000-$18,000 for people who do not reside in Indiana. However, the final price a student pays will be directly related to the area of concentration that they choose.

Unique Features
Students have the freedom to complete their coursework at their own pace. This ability to study as fast or as slow as a student wants allows a person to work and raise a family, while also pursuing their degree. A student has up to six years to finish their MSN degree.

Concentrations

  • Leadership (Administrator of Educator)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner

Georgetown University

Executive Summary
Georgetown is currently in the top 25 on the U.S. News Best Colleges list. The nursing program is highly respected and well-established.

Tuition
Students who attend the program full-time can expect to pay roughly $31,500. People taking the program on a part-time basis will pay $19,500.

Unique Features
The Georgetown MSN program has a seminar style of operation. This means that the students are able to learn from teachers on a one-on-one basis. The clinical component of the program is able to be completed at a location that is near the home of the student.

Concentrations

Drexel University

Executive Summary
Drexel has one of the largest MSN programs in the country. Drexel has been offering degrees in nursing online since 1997.

Tuition
The price per credit is $760. The price for a program consisting of 58 credits would be $44,300. Students concentrating in women’s health care practitioner are required to go to the actual campus for assessments. There is also a required clinical component.

Unique Features
The board-certified staff of the university teaches all of the courses.

Concentrations

  • Women’s health nurse practitioner
  • Nursing leadership in health systems management
  • Nursing education & faculty role
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship in advanced nursing practice
  • Clinical trials research
  • Adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner
  • Adult acute care practitioner

Benedictine University

Executive Summary
Benedictine is an institution that is regionally accredited. According to U.S. News & World Report, it is one of the top universities in the Midwest.

Tuition
It will cost $540 per credit hour. This means a degree that is 36 credit hours will cost $19,440. This is one of the cheaper online MSN programs that you will be able to find anywhere.

Unique Features
A personalized concentration can be created by students if they choose to take electives.

Concentrations

  • Public health
  • Leadership, management and finance
  • Health policy
  • Health education
  • Disaster management
  • Administration

Jacksonville University

Executive Summary
Jacksonville University’s online nursing program has been in existence for more than 10 years. The university is regularly ranked as one of the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Tuition
MSN students at Jacksonville University pay $620 per credit hour. This means it will cost $33,300 for a degree that is 18 courses.

Unique features
Online chat rooms and streaming videos enable students to feel more connected to the people that are teaching them. The courses are 16 weeks long. All lectures are able to be downloaded in MP3 and MP4 formats.

Concentrations

  • Healthcare systems
  • Nursing education

Capella University

Executive Summary
Capella has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Their MSN program is CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) accredited. The school is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

Tuition
$375 per credit hour is what it costs for their MSN program. 57 credits are required for graduation.

Concentrations

Loyola University

Executive Summary
The MSN degree program at Loyola is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Tuition
The MSN program costs $744 per credit hour, or $26,784 for a degree program that is 36 credit hours.

Unique Features
A help desk and a personal support center are available for all students to take advantage of 24 hours a day. Students have the freedom to complete their courses at their own pace. They can take the program part-time if they want to.

Concentration

  • Targeted Health Care Systems Management

Johns Hopkins University

The nursing program at Johns Hopkins is the top ranked graduate program in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Tuition
$1,348 per credit hour is what this MSN program will cost. Total tuition will be a total of $32,352.

Unique Features
The MSN program is able to be completed somewhere in the range of 18-24 months. This will depend entirely on whether the student is attending classes part-time or full-time.

Concentrations

  • Health systems management
  • Clinical nurse specialist (forensic focus)
  • Clinical nurse specialist

University of Cincinnati

Executive summary
The School of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati has regularly been ranked in the top 10 percent of programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. It was ranked as one of the Top 15 Underrated Gems by College Match.

Tuition
Each concentration has a tuition that is calculated individually. They range from $23,500 to $38,000 for residents of the state of Ohio. People from anywhere else will pay $24,000-$41,000.

Unique features
This MSN course contains specialty and core courses that directly relate to the concentration area of the student, in addition to a practical component.

Concentrations

  • Women’s health nurse practitioner
  • Psychiatric/Mental health nursing
  • Nursing administrator
  • Nurse-Midwifery
  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Nurse educator/Clinical nurse specialist
  • Adult nurse practitioner

Saint Xavier University

Executive Summary
Saint Xavier University has been recognized by the National League for Nursing (NLN) as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. It was one of only 17 schools in the United States to receive this prestigious honor. The MSN program at Saint Xavier was ranked by The Best College as the sixth best in the nation.

Tuition
A student will pay $595 for each credit hour. This will add up to a total of $22,610 to complete the program that consists of 38 credit hours.

Unique Features
A collection of core courses must be completed by every student to earn their MSN degree. The clinical component they choose can be in an area of nursing that is related to their specific career goals and interests.

Concentrations

  • Executive leadership
  • Clinical Leadership

Vanderbilt University

Executive Summary
This MSN program is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission.

Tuition
The 39 credit hour program will cost a total of $1,295 per credit hour. The course can be finished within two years, even if the student is only studying part-time.

Unique Features
Students will never be required to visit the actual campus. Any observations that the student needs to have conducted can be scheduled at a location that is within the general geographic region of the student.

Concentrations

  • Health systems management

Each of the schools and MSN programs listed above has their own special characteristics that may or may not fit into your study plans. Therefore, it is important to find a school that you mesh with. Go to the websites of the schools you are interested in. Schedule a consultation with someone from the schools admissions office. Ask all the questions you need and really find out what the school is all about. This will help you to make an educated decision about which school to choose.

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