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Online Nursing Masters

Expand your nursing career quickly in a powerful program.

Utica College’s three online Nursing Master’s programs offer you a fast and convenient way to earn your advanced nursing degree online. Thanks to the flexible environment, you’ll never have to worry about missing class due to a changed schedule, or picking up an extra shift. You can earn your nursing masters online at Utica College in the hours and days that are best for you.

The programs incorporate a research-backed curriculum, expert faculty, and practicums to ensure you develop expanded nursing skills and strong leadership abilities – excellent preparation for real life practice. All coursework is online, except for supervised practicum work, which is completed in a state in which you are licensed to practice.

State Authorization: Please refer to the State Authorizations page for the list of states in which Utica College graduate online nursing programs are authorized to operate. Please contact your state’s higher education regulation authorities or a Utica College program manager at 866-295-3106 for more details.

Accreditation: The master's degree program in nursing at Utica College is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Choose a Career-Focused Program

Utica College offers three master’s level nursing degrees that empower you to take advanced nursing roles like leadership, education, and family practice — roles that have projected job growth rates between 24%-31%, and salaries that surpass six figures. Additionally, each degree program supports your preparation for professional certifications.

  1. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

    FNPs earn an average salary of $100,910 and expect 31% job growth through 2026.

    As a FNP, you’ll be able to provide a higher level of patient care. In this role you can diagnose and treat patients, establish community programs, and complete research that changes healthcare.

    The FNP program mandates a 3-day (Fri - Sun) immersion experience and 720 practicum hours, which can be applied toward the 1,000 hours required for a DNP degree.

    FNP Certification: The program prepares you for national certification through American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board (AANP).

  2. Nursing Leadership

    47% of nurse directors earn between $120,000 and $159,000. While 52% of nurse leaders with CNO/CNE titles earn $250,000 or more.

    The demand for leaders with the advanced healthcare and business experience is growing. Utica College’s online nursing master’s program expands your leadership ability and business knowledge so you can maximize your nursing skills to take on more significant management roles.

    The Leadership curriculum requires 180 hours of practicum experience working with a qualified nurse leader.

    Leadership Certification: the program prepares you to become a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) through American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).

  3. Nursing Education

    Nurse Educators earn an average salary of $69,130 and expect employment to grow 24% through 2026.

    As a nurse educator, you fill a valuable role in reducing the nursing shortage — teaching nursing excellence to others and preparing them the next generation of nurses for advanced roles.

    The Education curriculum requires 180 hours of practicum experience working with qualified nurse educators.

    Nurse Educator Certification: The program prepares you for Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE) through the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Program Outcomes

Learn critical skills in the online Nursing Master's programs.

Nurses are empowered to create a dynamic career with advanced knowledge and new skills practiced in the online nursing master’s programs at Utica College.

You Can:

FNP:

  1. Integrate the arts and sciences, including leadership and ethical principles, with nursing science as a foundation for decision-making within diverse situations, settings, and communities resulting in quality outcomes and health promotion.
  2. Use critical reflection, innovation, and interprofessional collaboration to promote lifelong learning and continual improvement, integrate current evidence, and inform policy.
  3. Incorporate current technologies to augment professional practice and scholarship.
  4. Employ analytic and diagnostic reasoning skills in the promotion of health, reduction of risk, and management of illness with diverse patient populations.
  5. Demonstrate interprofessional collaboration, ethical principles, and leadership through political and policy endeavors to enhance safety, quality, health care processes, and delivery systems.
  6. Illustrate effective communication and collaboration during patient and family interaction and coordination of transitional care services.

Leadership:

  1. Integrate the arts and sciences, including leadership and ethical principles, with nursing science as a foundation for decision-making within diverse situations, settings, and communities resulting in quality outcomes and health promotion.
  2. Use critical reflection, innovation, and interprofessional collaboration to promote lifelong learning and continual improvement, integrate current evidence, and inform policy.
  3. Incorporate current technologies to augment professional practice and scholarship.
  4. Employ leadership, management, and ethical foundations in pursuit of performance improvement, risk management, human resources, financial management, and strategic planning/management.
  5. Integrate contemporary national performance standards and professional recommendations related to organizational governance and policy formation.
  6. Facilitate provision of quality services through community engagement, knowledge of societal forces, and regional/national/global policy issues and initiatives.

Education:

  1. Integrate the arts and sciences, including leadership and ethical principles, with nursing science as a foundation for decision-making within diverse situations, settings, and communities resulting in safe patient care, quality outcomes, and health promotion.
  2. Use critical reflection, innovation, and interprofessional collaboration to promote lifelong learning and continual improvement, integrate current evidence, and inform policy.
  3. Incorporate current technologies to augment professional practice and scholarship.
  4. Implement evidence-based teaching and learning strategies in diverse settings that facilitate achievement of identified outcomes and enhance professional socialization and development of learners.
  5. Conduct learner-centered curriculum design and revision based on relevant organizational frameworks, alignment with parent institution, accreditation and professional standards, and program outcomes.
  6. Synthesize program, course, and student learning effectiveness based on quantitative and qualitative assessment and evaluation data obtained per the systematic plan of evaluation.

Admission Requirements

To qualify, you'll need:

  • :: An unencumbered RN license in the state in which you reside
  • :: A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program
  • :: 2,000 hours of work experience documented by your HR department
  • :: A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • :: A 3 credit statistics course (grade of C or higher*)
  • :: A 3 credit baccalaureate health assessment course, including observed laboratory (grade of B or higher*)
  • :: A successful background check
  • :: Two letters of recommendation: from professional colleagues at the BSN level or higher
  • :: Writing sample / personal statement form

*Students with a B- or lower grade in Health Assessment will be required to successfully complete a 3 credit hour course prior to starting the program. Students with a B- or lower grade in statistics will be provided the option of completing a self-study module and accompanying exam.

Find Out More, Now.

Learn more about Utica College’s online graduate nursing programs. Click here for more information. Or, if you’d rather speak to a person who can answer your questions now, call us at 315.732.2640 or toll-free 866.295.3106.

Sources:

1The U.S. Dept. of labor
2http://www.clinicaladvisor.com/2017-nurse-practitioner-and-physician-assistant-salary-survey/slideshow/4046/#1
3https://nursejournal.org/nurse-practitioner/7-future-job-trends-for-nurse-practitioners/
4https://nursejournal.org/nurse-practitioner/nurse-practitioner-salary-statistics/
5https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-management-administration/36-statistics-on-nurse-leader-salary-and-bonuses.html
6https://www.nursing.org/careers/nurse-educator/