Online Master of Science in Nursing

Empower your patients to take control of their lives.

Certain populations rely on the expertise of nursing professionals more than others. According to a recent survey conducted by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, nearly 15% of nurse practitioners practice in communities of less than 10,000 people. AANP’s survey also highlighted the fact that approximately 1 out of every 15 patients that nurse practitioners treat receive charitable care. We know how important it is to care for these populations, which is why our master’s in nursing programs focus on teaching you what to expect and how to improve their care experience.

But underserved populations aren’t the only ones at risk: So many of the issues involved with poor population health are due to poor health literacy. People often don’t know what to avoid, but they do know who to turn to when crisis strikes or chronic illness flares: nurses. But not just any nurse — advanced practice nurses who they can trust when they need relief. Give your patients more than a diagnosis when they come to see you. Empower them to play an active role in controlling their conditions and their outcomes.

At the University of North Dakota, we offer an online Master of Science with a Major in Nursing degree with four specializations so you can focus your expertise and confidently address patient needs. Earn your degree in one of these areas: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse PractitionerFamily Nurse PractitionerPsychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; or Nurse Educator.

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Complete coursework 100% online

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3 start dates per year — spring, summer or fall

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Specialize in: A.G.P.C.N.P., F.N.P., P.M.H.N.P. or Nurse Educator

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No GMAT/GRE required

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Clinical placement assistance provided

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Qualify and prepare for certification exams

Why choose UND’s online Master of Science with a Major in Nursing?

Our College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines produces some of the finest nursing graduates in the nation — and has for more than 100 years. All of our programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, which reinforces our commitment to high-quality nursing education.

In 1911, UND’s distance learning programs took shape and helped aspiring professionals achieve their educational goals from wherever they lived. What started with mail correspondence has evolved into technology-based distance education. For the last 30 years, we’ve been offering technology-based distance education to CNPD graduate nursing students, which means we know how to personalize your experience and make sure you’re ready to perform in the field — wherever you decide to practice.

We’re on a mission to prepare future leaders to advance the well-being and improve quality of life for diverse populations. That’s why we offer innovative, interprofessional education. And as a trusted leader in nursing, medicine, health sciences and social services, we’d like to share our expertise to build upon yours as you pursue your online M.S. degree.

Together we can provide access to health care where it’s needed most.

UND is recognized for quality and chosen for excellence:

University of North Dakota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
CCNE Accredited
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What can you do with your Master of Science with a Major in Nursing?

Nurses are the most trusted health care professionals in the United States,* which means you’re in a position to provide relief and understanding to a variety of patients, even entire underserved populations. Gain the skills to offer compassion to those in need and serve as an example for your community and beyond.

Earn your master’s in nursing, and you can:

  • Promote ongoing health literacy
  • Empower patients to take control of their lives
  • Improve patient outcomes with personalized treatment plans

With an online MSN, you have options.

Specializing your nursing skills can mean increased flexibility, higher earning potential and greater personal fulfillment. Here are some top roles and average salaries in the field, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners:

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
$102,808

Family Nurse Practitioner
$103,181

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
$123,170

Nurse Educator
$77,360**

*Gallup | **Median salary from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Specialized knowledge can save more lives.

As the number of primary care physicians has started to decrease, the role of an advanced nurse practitioner in the delivery of patient-centered care has grown increasingly important.

Quality care relies on a well-educated nursing workforce — one with specialized expertise and diverse health care industry experience. In fact, research has shown that lower mortality rates, fewer medication errors and positive outcomes are directly linked to nurses prepared at the graduate degree level.*

Learn with us, and we’ll deepen your understanding of what it means to be an advanced practice nurse today.

*American Association of Colleges of Nurses


 

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner M.S.
Maximize patient health and meet the needs of an aging population by promoting healthy behaviors. You’ll be prepared to effectively collaborate with adults of all ages, including the elderly and those with disabilities, and provide primary care from adolescence through end of life.

Family Nurse Practitioner M.S.
Sharpen your ability to assess patients, order and interpret tests, establish diagnoses and manage treatment plans. Then use that knowledge to provide family-focused acute, chronic and preventive care to patients across the lifespan on a long-term basis.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner M.S.
Learn how to work with individuals, families, groups and communities to assess their mental health needs. In addition to diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders, you can contribute to policy development, practice evaluation and health care reform.

Nurse Educator M.S.
Whether you’d like to become a faculty member at a local university or are interested in delivering education to patients and medical staff, your master’s degree in nursing education can help you do both. Graduate prepared to teach, motivate and inspire others to prioritize high-quality medical care.

Do more than learn from our expertise. Build your own.

Our low student-faculty ratio means you can work closely with experts in the field and graduate equipped with the insights to lead and the tools to make a tangible impact.

“It is wonderful to see the impact our students and graduates make in their profession and communities. We are proud of the collaborative effort between our faculty, staff and students as they work to fulfill our mission to prepare future leaders.”

— Diana Kostrzewski, Ph.D., R.N.
Interim Dean

Admission Requirements

To qualify for the online Master of Science with a Major in Nursing program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Earn a four-year baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing from an accredited institution
  • Complete coursework in statistics
  • Achieve a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate study
  • Current unencumbered R.N. license; valid in the U.S.
  • One year of work experience as an R.N. preferred — specialty-specific experience desired*

In addition, you must provide the following:

  • Online application and $35 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from every institution attended
  • Nursys license verification report
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of goals (two-page summary describing professional goals and why you’ve chosen the specialty area in which you are interested)
  • Three letters of recommendation**

Upon offer of admission, the following will be required:

  • Successful passage of criminal background check and drug screen
  • Satisfaction of current health and immunization policy of the Department of Nursing

Note: An interview may be required on a case-by-case basis.

For international students:

  • Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English language proficiency requirements
    • International applicants who have received their bachelor’s or master’s degree in the United States, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Jamaica, Australia, New Zealand or English-speaking Canada are not required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS.

*If you pursue the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specialization we prefer that you have one year of experience as a psychiatric nurse.
**Reference providers are notified as soon as they are added to the application and can be added before the application is submitted.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2020

Summer 2020

Fall 2020

Final Deadline

 11/1/2019 3/1/2020 7/1/2020

Classes Begin

 1/13/20205/18/20208/31/2020