Best Nurse Practitioner Programs

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Picture this: you’re out and about town, and suddenly severe abdominal pain hits you like an electric shock. Think fast! What do you do? Go to the emergency room and rack up a $1,000 bill for five minutes with an ER doc, an X-ray, and a prescription for industrial-strength ibuprofen? Call 9-1-1 and score a $400 ambulance ride to the ER? Wait . . . what’s your primary care doctor’s name again? What about those new drop-in clinics? Maybe you should just sleep it off . . . but maybe not! Quick—the clock’s ticking!

Now, we here at College Choice aren’t medical professionals, and we can’t tell you what exactly you should do in a situation like this. But this sort of thing could happen to anyone at any time . . . and it does call for some professional help. And with the seismic shifts in the healthcare industry in the United States in recent years, it’s not always clear who to turn to, is it?

Top 10 Best Nurse Practitioner Programs

Rank School Location
1 University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA
2 Boston College Newton, MA
3 Duke University Durham, NC
4 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
5 University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA
6 University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus Aurora, CO
7 Yale University New Haven, CT
8 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
9 University of South Florida Tampa, FL
10 Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA

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These seismic shifts have also created new opportunities, and this is nowhere more apparent than in the field of nursing. Nurses in the United States are in extremely high demand, and they are quickly filling the ever-widening gap between the everyday patient and the MDs. There’s always the Registered Nurse designation, which you can achieve with or without a bachelor’s degree. (We are fans of education around here, so we always encourage the bachelor’s degree route!) But there’s another step beyond the RN that’s still short of the time investment involved in getting a full-fledged MD: the Nurse Practitioner.

Unlike Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners are advanced nurses who are qualified to see patients, prescribe medications, order X-rays and lab tests, and diagnose and treat certain maladies without the direct supervision of a doctor. In other words, they’d be a pretty good person to call in the case of unexpected abdominal pain! And for those interested in the nursing profession, the Nurse Practitioner designation is the highest designation you can achieve.

This high designation can bring with it some seriously high rewards. You’ll of course get the reward of knowing you’ve got the authority to do as much as you can to help a given patient short of, say, surgery . . . right here, right now. But as a national nursing shortage churns out higher demand for nursing professionals, you’ll also get the reward of job security for the foreseeable future. And if you’ve got the chops to stay in school for at least the required master’s degree—or even a doctoral degree—you’re also in for a lucrative career option with a 2015 national median salary of $104,740, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  1. University of Pittsburgh
    Location

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Founded shortly after the end of the revolutionary war, the historic University of Pittsburgh is a public research university which continues its reputation as one of the best public universities in the country. Home to the renowned Pitt School of Nursing, the school is recognized for world-class faculty and a top-tier educational experience.

    Program Features

    The Pitt School of Nursing offers an MSN degree that prepares nurses to be Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNP), providing care for high-risk infants and children up to 2 years of age. Program coursework and clinical experiences focus on the care and management of critically ill and convalescent premature and full-term infants. Courses include:

    • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse Populations
    • Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan
    • Pediatric Well Child Care

    Details

    The NNP area of concentration offers both full-time and part-time study onsite at main campus in Pittsburgh. A post master’s option is also available. Applicants must have a BSN, as well as the equivalent of two years full-time (within the last five years) practice experience as a registered nurse (RN) caring for critically Ill newborns, infants and children in critical care inpatient settings.

  2. Boston College
    Location

    Newton, MA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    A private institution founded in 1863, Boston College is a private, Catholic (Jesuit) research university located just West of Boston, in the village of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The historic institution has a liberal arts focus with very high research activity. Boston College is home to the Connell School of Nursing and one of the best MSN programs in the country.

    Program Features

    The Connell School of Nursing offers an MSN degree that prepares Nurse Practitioners in one of five NP specialties. All specialties in the MSN program prepare students to become compassionate, evidence-based practitioners who are leaders in their fields. The program as a whole is grounded in Boston College’s commitment to social justice and a belief in the intrinsic worth of every student and patient. Nurse Practitioner specialties offered are:

    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
    • Family Nurse NP
    • Pediatric Primary Care NP
    • Psychiatric/Mental Health NP
    • Women’s Health NP

    Details

    The Connell School of Nursing offers three entry options for their MSN programs, making it a uniquely flexible degree. The Traditional MSN is for RNs with a BSN, the Direct Entry MSN is for students with bachelor’s degrees from other disciplines to become NPs, and the RN to MSN is for RN’s who lack a bachelor’s degree.

  3. Duke University
    Location

    Durham, NC

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Located in Durham, NC, Duke University is a renowned private research university. Consistently ranked among the best universities nationally and internationally, the school is a center for advancing innovative research and teaching methods. Duke’s School of Nursing is globally recognized as a nursing education institute.

    Program Features

    The School of Nursing at Duke University offers a top-ranked MSN degree with seven Nurse Practitioner majors. The program is offered in hybrid format – making it a manageable program for working nurses. Many courses take place online with on-campus activities at least once every semester. These two- to five-day intensives allow for interactions, simulations, and hands-on activities to be conducted. Nurse Practitioner specialties are:

    • Adult-Gerontology NP – Acute Care or Primary Care
    • Family NP
    • Pediatric NP – Acute Care or Primary Care
    • Neonatal NP
    • Women’s Health NP

    Details

    Duke’s MSN degree program requires students to complete 11 credit hours of clinical core courses for each major. Students then complete a final clinical residency under the mentorship of an experienced clinician in their chosen specialty. Depending on the major, the minimum number of credits required ranges from 42 to 49 credit hours.

  4. The University of Texas at Austin
    Location

    Austin, TX

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    The University of Texas at Austin is a public research university and the flagship institution of the University of Texas system – it has one of the largest campus enrollments in the country, allowing for great educational diversity. The School of Nursing at UT Austin is a leader in nurse education – and well known for having 13 graduate nursing faculty members that are Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing.

    Program Features

    UT Austin’s School of Nursing offers an MSN program with three Nurse Practitioner specialty areas. The core program provides advanced study in nursing science, professional foundations, related sciences, and modes of systematic inquiry which prepare students for advanced and specialized professional nursing practice. NP specialties offered are:

    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

    Details

    UT Austin’s MSN program is two years in length, with full-time or part-time options available. Applicants must have a current Registered Nurse license and hold either a BSN degree, or a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and an Associate Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma. The school also offers an alternate entry MSN for those without a background in nursing (with an NP specialty in Psych/Mental Health).

  5. University of Virginia
    Location

    Charlottesville, VA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Located in Charlottesville, VA, The University of Virginia is a public research institution that has the distinction of being founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819. The historic institution continues its longstanding tradition of academic excellence, and sits at the top of national rankings to the present day. UVA is home to a highly ranked School of Nursing which offers some of the best Nurse Practitioner programs in the US.

    Program Features

    UVA’s School of Nursing offers a top-ranked MSN degree that prepares Nurse Practitioners in a range of specialties. By drawing upon the academic excellence of the University of Virginia and the clinical strengths of the UVA Medical Center, students will be well prepared for rewarding careers. All nursing students conduct research – either independently, or as part of a team. The NP specialties offered are:

    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP
    • Family NP
    • Neonatal NP
    • Pediatric NP
    • Pediatric Acute Care NP
    • Psychiatric-Mental Health NP

    Details

    Depending on the specialization, students in UVA’s MSN Nurse Practitioner programs will complete a minimum of 30 credits of graduate coursework, with no more than 12 credits transferred into the program. Most specialties take 21 months (full-time) or 33 months (part-time) to completion.

  6. University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus
    Location

    Aurora, CO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Founded in 1898, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, known as UCAMC, is one of the most recognized and well-respected nursing institutions in the United States. The school was the first College of Nursing to institute and confer Nurse Practitioner degrees in the country, and their MSN program currently ranks as #26 nationally by U.S. News and World Report.

    Program Features

    The CU College of Nursing offers an MSN program designed to prepare nurses for direct and indirect care roles, including four possible Nurse Practitioner specialties. The program has a focus on underserved populations and students will be prepared to formulate clinical, administrative or policy decisions to promote health with clients. The NP specialties offered are:

    • Adult-Gerontology (Primary Care or Acute Care)
    • Family Nurse NP
    • Psychiatric / Mental Health NP
    • Pediatric (Primary Care or Acute Care) NP

    Details

    Most students In CU’s College of Nursing are able to complete the program in 2 to 3 years, depending on their chosen specialty and life commitments. Students do need to complete the programs within 5 years. Four core courses and Health Promotion are offered online. All applicants should have a BSN and an unencumbered Colorado nursing licensure.

  7. Yale University
    Location

    New Haven, CT

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    One of the oldest universities in the country (it was founded in 1701), Yale University is a renowned private Ivy League research institution which sits among the top five universities nationally. Continuing its tradition of academic excellence, Yale is home to one of the best Schools of Nursing in the country – as well as highly ranked Nurse Practitioner programs.

    Program Features

    The School of Nursing at Yale University offers an MSN program with five Nurse Practitioner specialization options. The program provides students with training in high-quality, evidence-based clinical care and the knowledge to help shape health care systems. The MSN program of study prepares graduates for continuing activity in a variety of leadership roles. Specialization options are as follows:

    • Adult Gerontology (Primary Care or Acute Care) NP
    • Family NP
    • Pediatric NP
    • Psychiatric / Mental Health NP
    • Nurse-Midwifery / Women’s Health NP

    Details:

    Students in Yale’s MSN Nurse Practitioner program can choose to study on a full-time or part-time basis. Students will be enrolled in the program only once per year (in August), and students are not normally permitted to transfer between full-time and part-time schedules. Applicants should have a BSN and active Connecticut RN licensure.

  8. University of Pennsylvania
    Location

    Philadelphia, PA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school is one of 14 founding members of the exclusive Association of American Universities and has a longstanding reputation for academic excellence and innovation. Penn Nursing continues this tradition with their highly ranked Nurse Practitioner programs.

    Program Features

    Penn Nursing offers an MSN at the forefront of nursing science and practice in a wide range of specialties. Students will benefit from high -level research, practice, and educational opportunities, guaranteeing the experiences and skill sets to lead and excel in your nursing career. The Nurse Practitioner specialties are:

    • Adult Gerontology Acute Care or Primary Care NP
    • Family NP
    • Neonatal NP
    • Pediatric Acute Care or Primary Care NP
    • Psychiatric-Mental Health NP
    • Women’s Health/Gender-Related NP

    Details

    Coursework in Penn Nursing’s MSN program includes theoretical content and mentored clinical experiences that emphasize research and holistic patient care. Students also have the ability to choose from a range of concentrations in addition to their specialty. Penn also offers flexibility for students to take time off from school to gain work experience, or work full-time as an RN as they complete their MSN program coursework part-time.

  9. University of South Florida
    Location

    Tampa, FL

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Founded in 1956 in Tampa, Florida, the University of South Florida is a public research university and a member institution of the State University System of Florida. The College of Nursing ranks among the top 50 in the country and holds a deep commitment to building expert nurses who can provide excellent healthcare and educate other nursing professionals.

    Program Features

    The College of Nursing at the University of South Florida offers both an RN to MSN program and a BSN to MSN program with multiple Nurse Practitioner specialties. The program will prepare students for independent and interdependent decision-making and direct accountability for clinical judgment. The program also includes participation in and use of research, development and implementation of health policy, leadership, education, case management, and consultation. NP specialties offered are:

    • Adult- Gerontology Primary Care NP
    • Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP
    • Family NP

    Details

    The University of South Florida’s MSN Nurse Practitioner specialties include theoretical and clinical training. The number of required credits ranges from 45 – 52 depending on the specialty. Please note that the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care and Family concentrations are highly competitive. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care applicants must have one year current experience as an RN in an aggressive adult ICU critical care unit.

  10. Pennsylvania State University
    Location

    University Park, PA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Founded in 1855, Pennsylvania State University is a public, research university known colloquially as one of the “public ivies.” The school also has one of the largest campus enrollments in the country, allowing for an educational diversity not available at smaller schools. Penn State’s College of Nursing extends their reputation for teaching, research, and public service to the area of nursing education, providing some of the best Nurse Practitioner programs nationally.

    Program Features

    Penn State College of Nursing offers an MSN that enables BSN-prepared nurses to acquire advanced knowledge and clinical practice skills in direct care of individuals, families, and aggregate populations in primary and/or acute care settings. Penn State also offers a Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate program for students who are seeking additional certification as a Nurse Practitioner in the school’s offered specialty areas:

    • Family NP
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP

    Details

    Penn State’s MSN program is designed to be completed in two years (four semesters) of full-time study. All nursing courses for the Nurse Practitioner options are delivered using synchronous (meaning you have to watch at a certain time) video conference with selected courses delivered using an asynchronous online delivery system.

  11. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Location

    Chapel Hill, NC

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    One of the oldest universities in the country, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public research university and home to a highly regarded School of Nursing that focuses on education, research and practice of nursing principles. The school offers a full array of undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees along with fellowships and specializations.

    Program Features

    UNC’s School of Nursing offers an MSN degree that builds upon the student’s previous nursing education and professional experience, preparing advanced practice nurses for leadership positions in a variety of health care settings. UNC’s available Nurse Practitioner specialties are:

    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
    • Family NP
    • Pediatric Primary Care NP
    • Psychiatric / Mental Health NP

    Details

    UNC’s MSN program offers two entry points for students depending on their educational background: either the BSN to MSN or the RN to MSN. BSN to MSN students have the option of attending full-time (completing the program in two years plus one intervening summer) or part-time (completing the program in three years). RN to MSN students complete the program in three years of full-time study (full-time students are given admission priority for the RN to MSN option).

  12. Vanderbilt University
    Location

    Nashville, TN

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Frequently listed at the top of national rankings, Vanderbilt University is a private research university with a reputation for excellent undergraduate teaching, research opportunities, and post-graduate employment placements. Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing is a member of the elite National League for Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

    Program Features

    Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing offers a very flexible MSN degree that prepares skilled, experienced advanced practice nurses to provide access to quality health care for people everywhere. Vanderbilt is committed to employing innovative approaches and offering widespread opportunities for experience in clinical practice. Their MSN program offers thirteen NP specialties -with three unique dual focus specialties, including:

    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care (Hospital or Intensivist) NP
    • Emergency Nurse Practitioner (Dual AGACNP/FNP)
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
    • Nurse-Midwifery/Family NP – Dual Focus

    Details

    Vanderbilt’s uniquely flexible MSN program offers multiple entry points to students depending on previous education and experience. Even those who have no nursing background can become advanced practice nurses through the accelerated program of PreSpecialty master’s entry. And the school boasts excellent pass rates for RN and specialty licensure exams.

  13. University of Texas Health Science Center
    Location

    Houston, TX

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Created in 1972, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is the most comprehensive academic health center in the UT system. UTHealth is located in the Texas Medical Center – which is considered the largest medical center in the world. One of six schools that comprise UTHealth, the School of Nursing is ranked in the top five percent of graduate nursing schools in the country.

    Program Features

    UTHealth’s School of Nursing offers an MSN degree with four Nurse Practitioner specialties that prepare APRNs to perform effectively in fast-paced healthcare environments. This interactive, problem-based program trains Nurse Practitioners to translate advances in the biomedical and social sciences to provide the best care for the well-being of patients. The Nurse Practitioner specialties offered are:

    • Adult / Gerontology NP (Primary Care or Acute Care)
    • Family NP
    • Psychiatric / Mental Health NP

    Details

    UTHealth’s MSN Nurse Practitioner tracks are delivered in a combination of online and face-to-face classes as well as clinical experiences. All graduates will be prepared to take the national certification exams for their specialty. UTHealth also offers Post-Masters certificates and a unique MSN / MPH (Master of Public Health) dual degree with the Family NP or Adult / Gerontology NP specialty options.

  14. University of California Los Angeles
    Location

    Los Angeles, CA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Established in 1919 as the Southern branch of the University of California, the University of California — Los Angeles, known as UCLA, is a top-ranked national university and home to a nationally ranked School of Nursing. The doctorally-prepared faculty is recognized for its commitment to educating nurses for a 100 percent graduation rate.

    Program Features

    UCLA’s School of Nursing offers an MSN program with five Nurse Practitioner options, designed to prepare registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in advanced practice nursing. In particular, UCLA’s Family NP program has a long tradition of preparing nurse practitioners to work with underserved and vulnerable populations. Upon graduation many FNPs practice in settings that provide free or low-cost healthcare to uninsured families. NP specialties offered are:

    • Adult / Gerontology Primary Care or Acute CareNP
    • Adult/Gerontology Occupational and Environmental Health NP (dual focus)
    • Family NP
    • Pediatric NP

    Details

    UCLA’s two-year MSN program (3 quarters per year) consists of theory and clinical courses designed to prepare APRNs to work in a collaborative practice setting. Courses meet the criteria designated by state and national accreditation bodies and professional organizations, and students will be prepared to pass national certification upon graduation.

  15. University of Alabama Birmingham
    Location

    Birmingham, AL

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a nationally ranked public research university and part of the University of Alabama system. Also known as UAB, the school is home to a nationally recognized School of Nursing and ranked as one of the best graduate schools for nursing by U.S. News and World Report. Their MSN program ranks at #13 nationally for 2018.

    Program Features

    UAB’s School of Nursing offers an MSN degree that features multiple specialty tracks, including a variety of nurse practitioner options. The program prepares nurses for advanced specialty practice in advanced nursing roles and offers countless opportunities to develop advanced practice innovations both locally and globally. NP Specialties offered are:

    • Family NP
    • Adult-Gero Primary Care or Acute Care NP
    • Psychiatric/Mental Health NP
    • Pediatric Primary Care and/or Acute Care NP
    • Neonatal NP
    • Women’s Health NP

    Details

    In addition to their available population specialties, UAB’s MSN program also offers subspecialties like Palliative Care NP, Emergency NP, or Oncology NP (among others). And most of the specialty tracks/subspecialties can be taken from a distance with online coursework and several on-campus intensives.

  16. University of Rochester
    Location

    Rochester, NY

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Located in Rochester, New York, University of Rochester is a private research university that ranks among the nation’s top 50 national universities (US News and World Report). UR’s School of Nursing dedicates itself to educating nurses to become an integral part of the healthcare landscape. The school’s CCNE-accredited nursing degrees focus on teamwork in the healthcare setting, research, and administrative skills to mold nurses into leaders.

    Program Features

    The University of Rochester offers an MS degree with several options for Nurse Practitioner specialization. Students learn alongside experienced practitioners (including pioneering researchers and clinicians) in their specific field of practice and experience an innovative and leading healthcare network (the University of Rochester Medical Center) – an ideal setting for in-depth clinical experience. Nurse Practitioner specialties are:

    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care or Primary Care NP
    • Family NP
    • Pediatric NP
    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Neonatal NP
    • Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP

    Details

    Students in the University of Rochester’s MS Nurse Practitioner program, regardless of their clinical specialty, are able to take their core coursework through a hybrid-online format. Applicants must have a BS from an accredited school of nursing as well as as RN licensure.

  17. Florida Atlantic University
    Location

    Boca Raton, FL

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Situated in the city of Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic University is a public research university. From its inception, Florida Atlantic has put innovation and accessibility at its center and is home to a highly regarded College of Nursing which offers an MSN degree that ranks among the best in the country (US News and World Report).

    Program Features

    FAU’s College of Nursing offers an MSN program designed to offer the leadership, clinical experience, and teaching skills that nurses need in their chosen direction of practice. The caring philosophy of FAU’s College is evident throughout the curriculum, which has been designed to fit students’ schedule and life, provides graduates with advanced practice role preparation, knowledge and skills. Nurse Practitioner specialties offered are:

    • Family NP
    • Adult / Gerontology Primary Care NP
    • Psychiatric / Mental Health NP (online)

    Details

    Many of FAU’s nursing students continue their professional careers while they study, enjoying the flexibility of full or part-time curriculums. Core courses also provide the option of face-to-face or online learning. The new PMHNP specialty option is offered online only and as a Post-Master’s Certificate (applicants must already have an MSN for admission).

  18. University of Michigan
    Location

    Ann Arbor, MI

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Ranking among the top 30 national universities, the University of Michigan, is a nationally ranked public university and a founding member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The school is home to one of the best Schools of Nursing in the country, with programs that rank among the best of their kind nationally. Their MSN program ranks at #11 in the US.

    Program Features

    The University of Michigan’s School of Nursing offers an MSN with several options for Nurse Practitioners. All of the Nurse Practitioner specialty programs emphasize knowledge, judgment, and skills, while preparing students to function in multiple care settings. Some of the NP options include:

    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP and Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
    • Primary Care or Acute Care Pediatric NP
    • Primary Care Family NP
    • Nurse Midwife and Family NP

    Details

    UM School of Nursing participates in University of Michigan’s Center for Interprofessional Education so students benefit from learning with students in other health care fields. They graduate able to lead interprofessional teams and work collaboratively across health disciplines. And with a nearly 100% pass rate on many certification exams in recent years, graduates of the University of Michigan School of Nursing are well-prepared.

  19. University of Cincinnati
    Location

    Cincinnati, OH

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati is a large, nationally ranked public research university and a part of the University System of Ohio. The school has an international reputation for high-quality education and innovative research. The College of Nursing is no exception – among its competitive programs is a highly ranked MSN program.

    Program Features

    The University of Cincinnati offers an MSN program designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles in a variety of health care settings. With a mission to prepare advanced practitioners for diverse populations, students are taught by excellent teachers and practitioners and will be prepared to work in diverse healthcare settings. The Nurse Practitioner specialty options are:

    • Adult / Gerontology Primary Care or Acute Care NP
    • Women’s Health NP
    • Neonatal NP
    • Family NP

    Details

    The Adult / Gerontology NP and Family NP specialty options are available through both online or campus-based study, while the Women’s Health specialty is an online program only (with an accelerated option). Course and practicum requirements vary widely depending on a student’s chosen specialty.

  20. Emory University
    Location

    Atlanta, GA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Ranking in the top 20 national universities in the country, Emory University is a private research university located in Atlanta, Georgia. The school is home to the top-ranked Woodruff School of Nursing, which houses a comprehensive list of nursing programs as well as partnerships with more than 500 clinical sites from which students can learn and partake in clinical hours.

    Program Features

    The Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory offers many Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) specialty tracks at the MSN degree level. Emory’s range of acute and primary care specialty options allow students to serve a wide array of populations – dual major opportunities and Post-Graduate Certificates are available as well. Nurse Practitioner Options include:

    • Adult / Gerontology Primary Care or Acute Care NP
    • Women’s Health NP
    • Neonatal NP
    • Family NP
    • Pediatric Acute Care or Primary Care NP

    Details

    At Emory’s School of Nursing, all courses are taught in a hybrid format (online with face-to-face requirements training). And each specialty track is available as full-time study over four semesters or part-time study over seven semesters for a single major. Dual major students typically attend full-time and graduate in five semesters.

  21. University of San Diego
    Location

    San Diego, CA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Located in San Diego, California, the University of San Diego is a private, Catholic university that is open to students of all (or no) faiths. The school, which ranks among the top 100 national universities in the US, has a commitment to social justice and global awareness. The University of San Diego is also home to a School of Nursing that has a reputation for producing some of the best nursing educators.

    Program Features

    The University of San Diego offers an MSN program that emphasizes research, theory, and practice. All Nurse Practitioner specialties share a common core of knowledge and the purpose of the program is to provide leadership preparation that will enable the graduate to assume a significant role in nursing and health care delivery. The MSN program offers four Nurse Practitioner options:

    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Dual Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Dual Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/ Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

    Details

    Nurse Practitioner programs at San Diego University’s School of Nursing all begin in the fall semester and take place on campus (rather than online). Full-time or part-time enrollment is available. Students who attend full time complete the MSN degree in one or two years (depending upon your specialty). Students who attend part time usually complete the degree in two to three years.

  22. New York University
    Location

    New York, NY

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    A private research university located in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of New York City, New York University ranks among the top national universities in the country. The school is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is the largest private university in the country. The Meyers College of Nursing is no exception to their high standards of education, and their MSN program ranks at #13 nationally.

    Program Features

    The Meyers College of Nursing offers an MSN program designed for nurses seeking advanced roles in clinical practice while providing the necessary foundation for doctoral study. Whatever program students participate in, the curriculum includes a core of nursing theory, research, statistics, population-focused care, and issues and trends in healthcare delivery. The MSN program offers four Nurse Practitioner options:

    • Adult / Gerontology: Acute Care or Primary Care NP
    • Pediatric NP
    • Psychiatric / Mental Health NP

    Details

    NYU’s MSN program also offers unique concentrations in areas such as Substance Use and Abuse; Palliative Care (board eligibility for Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse); Advanced Practice Holistic Nursing; and, Herbs, Nutriceuticals, and Supplements. Students must have a NYS nursing license prior to beginning coursework and at least one year of full-time clinical experience as a registered nurse is required.

  23. Case Western Reserve University
    Location

    Cleveland, OH

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Case Western Reserve University is a medium-sized private university that ranks among the top 50 national universities in the country. Known for its world-class research, the school is also home to the top-ranked Bolton School of Nursing, which offers Nurse Practitioner focused MSN programs that rank among the best in the country.

    Program Features

    The Bolton School of Nursing offers an MSN program with multiple Nurse Practitioner specialties. The School is located in University Circle where students have ready access to premier health care organizations. Collaboration among faculty, students, clinical agencies and communities supports innovative, outcome-based research and the advancement of knowledge. NP specialties are:

    • Adult-­Gerontology Acute Care or Primary Care NP
    • Family NP
    • Neonatal NP
    • Pediatric NP
    • Pediatric NP in Acute Care
    • Women’s Health NP

    Details

    Many courses in the Bolton School of Nursing MSN are offered as intensive or web­-based classes and students can blend majors or pursue joint master’s degree opportunities with other schools at Case Western Reserve University. Additionally, several different entry options to the MSN program are available as well as post-­master’s certificates that can be customized for your education.

  24. The Ohio State University
    Location

    Columbus, OH

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Located in the state capitol of Columbus, The Ohio State University is a nationally ranked, public research university and one of the largest in the country. The school is home to a top-rated academic medical center as well as a prestigious School of Nursing that offers one of the top five MSN degrees in the country (US News and World Report).

    Program Features

    Ohio State University School of Nursing offers an MSN program for students with a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN), or an RN and baccalaureate degree. At the heart of the master’s program are active, collaborative relationships between faculty, The Ohio State University Medical Center’s teaching hospitals, and community-based preceptors. The program has multiple NP specialties, including:

    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care or Primary Care NP
    • Family NP
    • Neonatal NP
    • Psychiatric Mental Health NP
    • Pediatric NP

    Details

    Ohio State’s Traditional Master of Science option is a two-year, full-time or three year, part-time program with on-campus and online options. The school only accepts students with a BSN or an RN license and a non-nursing baccalaureate degree. The Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health, and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialties are offered both on-campus and online (for most states).

  25. Georgetown University
    Location

    Washington, DC

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Located in the Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington, DC, Georgetown University is a historic, private, Catholic research university that was founded in 1789. The school, which ranks among the best national universities in the country, is comprised of nine undergraduate and graduate schools, including a highly ranked School of Nursing and Health Studies.

    Program Features

    Georgetown University’s School of Nursing offers an MSN program designed to help the next generation of nursing leaders gain the skills and clinical experience necessary for career advancement. Taught by highly respected faculty, the advanced practice curricula emphasize the development of professional specialty roles. The school four NP specialty options:

    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

    Details

    All Nurse Practitioner courses at Georgetown’s School of Nursing are delivered online with periodic on-campus intensives. Students can study either part-time or full-time and have access to innovative classroom and clinical education, leading experiential learning facilities and avenues for research and scholarship. Those who complete Georgetown’s NP programs can expect to perform well on certification exams – graduates regularly achieve outstanding first-time pass rates on their exams.

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