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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 just 16-20 months 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.

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:

  • :: Analyze, design, implement, and evaluate nursing care.
  • :: Execute leadership when you initiate, maintain, and demonstrate skills in care coordination, delegation, and conflict resolution strategies.
  • :: Promote safe, high-quality care through your ability to monitor, analyze, and prioritize outcomes that need to be improved for individuals, families, communities and clinical populations.
  • :: Use critical reflection to translate evidence and integrate scholarship into advanced nursing practice.
  • :: Incorporate current technologies to deliver and coordinate care across multiple settings.
  • :: Promote health, help shape the health-delivery system, and advance values like social justice through policy processes and advocacy.
  • :: Actively collaborate with other health professionals to improve care across systems.
  • :: Design and ensure the delivery of clinical prevention interventions and population-based care that promotes health, reduces the risk of chronic illness, and prevents disease.
  • :: Facilitate commitment to a culture of nursing excellence through lifelong personal and professional development.

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
  • :: A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • :: A 3 credit statistics course (grade of C or higher)
  • :: A baccalaureate level health assessment course with observed laboratory with a grade of B or higher
  • :: A successful background check
  • :: Two letters of recommendation: one from a faculty member and one from a professional colleague
  • :: A writing sample

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.


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