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 16–24 months in an accelerated format 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 16–24 months in an accelerated format 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.

          Upon successful completion of the Utica College Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Nursing program, graduates are prepared to meet the educational eligibility to take the Family Nurse Practitioner National Certification exams offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

          The curriculum of the Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership graduate nursing programs are designed by experienced practitioners to support your preparation for a career-advancing certification. While the program does not culminate in you gaining this credential, the curriculum has been designed by experienced practitioners with the certification in mind. Explore our MS in Nursing Career Outlook to see the unique career benefits of the graduate nursing programs.

          JOBS AND INCOME

          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 16–24 months in an accelerated format, 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

          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 16–24 months in an accelerated format, 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

          Accreditation

          The master's degree program in nursing and the post-graduate APRN certificate program 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.

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          MS in Nursing Operational Goals

          Program Outcomes

          The Master of Science in Nursing programs prepare you to:

          FNP Learning Goals

          • 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.
          • Use critical reflection, innovation, and interprofessional collaboration to promote lifelong learning and continual improvement, integrate current evidence, and inform policy.
          • Incorporate current technologies to augment professional practice and scholarship.
          • Employ analytic and diagnostic reasoning skills in the promotion of health, reduction of risk, and management of illness with diverse patient populations.
          • Demonstrate interprofessional collaboration, ethical principles, and leadership through political and policy endeavors to enhance safety, quality, health care processes, and delivery systems.
          • Illustrate effective communication and collaboration during patient and family interaction and coordination of care services.

          Nursing Education Learning Goals

          • 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.  
          • Use critical reflection, innovation, and interprofessional collaboration to promote lifelong learning and continual improvement, integrate current evidence and inform policy.
          • Incorporate current technologies to augment professional practice and scholarship.
          • Implement evidence-based teaching and learning strategies in diverse settings that facilitate the achievement of identified outcomes and enhance professional socialization and development of learners.
          • Conduct learner-centered curriculum design and revision based on relevant organizational frameworks, alignment with parent institution, accreditation and professional standards, and program outcomes.
          • Synthesize program, course, and student learning effectiveness based on quantitative and qualitative assessment and evaluation data obtained per the systematic plan of evaluation.

          Nursing Leadership Learning Goals

          • 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.
          • Use critical reflection, innovation, and interprofessional collaboration to promote lifelong learning and continual improvement, integrate current evidence and inform policy.
          • Incorporate current technologies to augment professional practice and scholarship.
          • Employ leadership, management, and ethical foundations in pursuit of performance improvement, risk management, human resources, financial management, and strategic planning/management.
          • Integrate contemporary national performance standards and professional recommendations related to organizational governance and policy formation.
          • Facilitate provision of quality services through community engagement, knowledge of societal forces, and regional/national/global policy issues and initiatives.

          Admission 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 B or higher*)
          • 3-credit Baccalaureate-level health assessment course including observed laboratory (Will be determined during application review*)
          • Two letters of recommendation: from professional colleagues at the BSN level or higher

          *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.

          Note: Approved background check and fingerprints required at the time of clinical courses.

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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.

          MEET YOUR FACULTY

          Why Learn Online
          With Utica College?

          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 in an accelerated format.
          • The Family Nurse Practitioner program requires 20 months in an accelerated format.
          • As a part-time student, taking just 6 credit hours per 16-week semester, 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.

          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