Master's in Nursing Online

Program Overview

Three full programs to expand your nursing potential

Earn your MS in Nursing online with Utica College and choose from three comprehensive graduate nursing programs: Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership, and Family Nurse Practitioner.

Online learning with Utica College is flexible, convenient, and designed to fit your busy life. Complete your nursing master's online in just 16–20 months full-time and never worry about missing a class due to a changed schedule or an extra shift.

Earn your MS in Nursing online with Utica College and choose from three comprehensive graduate nursing programs: Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership, and Family Nurse Practitioner.

Online learning with Utica College is flexible, convenient, and designed to fit your busy life. Complete your nursing master's online in just 16–20 months full-time and never worry about missing a class due to a changed schedule or an extra shift.

Fast Facts

Modality

Online + Practicum

Total Credits

35–48

Cost Per Credit

$825

Time to Complete

24–32 months

Certificates

3

 
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          Expand Your Nursing Skills

          All three of Utica College's graduate nursing programs feature research-backed curricula, expert faculty, and practicums to expand your nursing skills and leadership abilities.

          You don't have to wait until you graduate to put your new skills to work. Incorporate your learning into your daily practice and enhance your care.

          Career Outlook: Autonomy and Opportunity

          Our MS in Nursing degree programs empower you to take on autonomous nursing roles in leadership, education, and family practice. By 2026, advanced practice nursing roles have a projected growth rate of 31 percent1, with a median annual salary of $113,9301.

          Each graduate nursing program provides the educational requirements to sit for a career-advancing certification, so you can stand out in your institution or organization. Explore our MS in Nursing Career Outlook to see the unique career benefits of the graduate nursing programs.

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          Curriculum

          Your MS in nursing begins with six core courses that explore the fundamentals of nursing leadership, as well as quality improvement and safety in health care, epidemiology and public health, and more.

          In 16–20 months as a full-time student, or 24–32 months part-time, you can complete any of the three graduate nursing programs with the complex nursing and critical thinking skills you need to build a dynamic nursing career.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          The master's degree program in nursing at Utica College is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

          Curriculum

          Your MS in nursing begins with six core courses that explore the fundamentals of nursing leadership, as well as quality improvement and safety in health care, epidemiology and public health, and more.

          In 16–20 months as a full-time student, or 24–32 months part-time, you can complete any of the three graduate nursing programs with the complex nursing and critical thinking skills you need to build a dynamic nursing career.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          The master's degree program in nursing at Utica College is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

          Admissions Requirements

          Advancing your nursing education with Utica College is simple. Students with a history of volunteer work, excellent communication skills, and previous publications and presentations are especially encouraged to apply.

          Graduate nursing program admissions requirements include:

          • Completed application
          • Unencumbered RN license in the state in which you reside
          • Bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program
          • 3.0 minimum GPA
          • 2,000 hours of documented work experience by your HR department
          • 3-credit statistics course (grade of C or higher*)
          • 3-credit Baccalaureate-level health assessment course including observed laboratory (grade of B or higher*)
          • Two letters of recommendation: from professional colleagues at the BSN level or higher
          • Successful background check
          • 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.

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          Tuition and Financial Aid

          Our graduate nursing programs cost $825 per credit hour, with total credits ranging from 35 to 48 depending on which program you choose. Utica College is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid.

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          Faculty

          Our faculty has years of combined experience not only in health care but also in nursing education. They're passionate about sharing their real-world experiences with you, so you're well prepared for expanded nursing roles.

          Graduate nursing faculty are led by program chair Annette Becker, DNS, RN, and FNP coordinator Jennifer Klimek Yingling, RN, Ph.D, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, who both carry decades of experience in nursing education, research, and practice.

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          Why Learn Online
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          Benefits of Being an Online Student

          Whether you are advancing your career or switching it, online learning gives you a unique perspective from your instructors and fellow students. You'll get the same high-quality education, credentials, and faculty support without slowing down your life.

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          Planning Your Budget

          Paying for an online education doesn't have to be stressful. We've compiled helpful resources that can get you well on your way to financing your education. Learn more about available options and how you can get started.

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          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

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          The time required depends on which program you choose, the number of credits you transfer, and how many credits you take per term:

          • The Nursing Leadership and Nursing Education programs require just 16 months full-time.
          • The Family Nurse Practitioner program requires 20 months full-time.
          • As a part-time student, you can complete any of the graduate nursing programs in 32 months.

          Each graduate nursing program gives you access to unique opportunities that you can explore on our Career Outlook page.

          Overall, advanced practice nursing jobs are projected to grow 31 percent by 2026, with an annual median income of $113,930, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

          Yes. Admission to this program requires an unencumbered RN license in the state in which you reside, a bachelor's degree in nursing, and 2,000 hours of work experience.

          While each nursing certificate track has the same cost per credit hour, each require a different total amount of credits to complete.

          Find the estimated tuition for each certificate below:

          Nursing Leadership Certificate: $14,850
          Nursing Education Certificate: $20,625
          Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate: $25,575

          These estimates do not include fees, and tuition is subject to annual changes. Learn more on the tuition and financial aid page.

          Utica College's online master's in nursing programs are available both part-time and full-time.

          All three graduate nursing programs include six core courses exploring the fundamentals of nursing leadership, quality improvement and safety in health care, epidemiology and public health, and more. Beyond the core courses, the classes you take depend on your program choice.

          You will complete this program with the complex nursing and critical thinking skills you need to build a dynamic nursing career.

          The online Advanced Nursing Certificates take different amounts of time. While the FNP post-Master's Certificate takes around 20 months and the Nursing Educator Certificate takes on average 16 months to complete, the Nursing Leadership Certificate typically takes about one year to finish.

          While each nursing certificate track has the same cost per credit hour, each require a different total amount of credits to complete. The online Nursing Leadership Certificate is costs an estimated $14,850. The online FNP Certificate has an average tuition of $25,575. Finally, the online Nursing Educator program costs an estimated $20,625.

          Because each of the advanced certificates in nursing programs encompass different areas of specializations, students will need to concentrate their time and energy on the courses attached to the program of study. For example, students pursing the post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Leadership will take classes exclusive to Nursing Leadership. For a comprehensive overview of the required courses for each track, please visit the MSN Curriculum page for more information.

          To be considered for enrollment in any of the online Nursing Certificates, prospective students must hold a Master's Degree in Nursing or MSN along with 2,000 hours of previous work experience.

          After getting your online Nursing Certificate in FNP, Nursing Educator, or Nursing Leadership, you will be able to pursue advanced positions and new career opportunities. You can learn more about these different positions from the Career Outlook section through each of the programs.

          For nurses who want to refocus their career goals or to pursue new advancement opportunities, the three Advanced Certificates in Nursing empower students to explore different career paths. Learn more about each of our Nursing Certificate programs today.

          SOURCE:

          1U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (April 12, 2019). Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners.Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on May 10, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm