Top Online Nursing Programs and Online Nursing Degrees

On-campus and online nursing degree programs and nursing certification courses prepare you for a nursing career. Nursing education can range from a 1-year Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) degree to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Most students opt for a nursing program that licenses them as a Registered Nurse (RN), which takes two to four years to complete.

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California State University--FullertonUndergraduate
Fullerton, CA

California State University--Long BeachUndergraduate
Long Beach, CA

California State University--Los AngelesUndergraduate
Los Angeles, CA

California State University--NorthridgeUndergraduate
Northridge, CA

California State University--SacramentoUndergraduate
Sacramento, CA

California State University--San BernardinoUndergraduate
San Bernardino, CA

California State University--StanislausUndergraduate
Turlock, CA

California University of PennsylvaniaUndergraduate
California, PA

California University of PennsylvaniaOnline

Calvin CollegeUndergraduate
Grand Rapids, MI

Capital UniversityUndergraduate
Columbus, OH

Carlow UniversityUndergraduate
Pittsburgh, PA

Carroll CollegeUndergraduate
Helena, MT

Carroll UniversityUndergraduate
Waukesha, WI

Carson-Newman UniversityUndergraduate
Jefferson City, TN

Case Western Reserve UniversityUndergraduate
Cleveland, OH

Cedar Crest CollegeUndergraduate
Allentown, PA

Cedar Crest CollegeOnline

Cedarville UniversityUndergraduate
Cedarville, OH

Central Christian CollegeUndergraduate
McPherson, KS

Central Connecticut State UniversityUndergraduate
New Britain, CT

Central Methodist UniversityUndergraduate
Fayette, MO

Central Michigan UniversityUndergraduate
Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan UniversityOnline

Charleston Southern UniversityOnline

Charleston Southern UniversityUndergraduate
Charleston, SC

Chatham UniversityUndergraduate
Pittsburgh, PA

Chatham UniversityOnline

Chicago State UniversityUndergraduate
Chicago, IL

Clarion University of PennsylvaniaOnline

Clarion University of PennsylvaniaUndergraduate
Clarion, PA

Clarke UniversityUndergraduate
Dubuque, IA

Clarkson CollegeUndergraduate
Omaha, NE

Clayton State UniversityUndergraduate
Morrow, GA

Clemson UniversityUndergraduate
Clemson, SC

Cleveland State UniversityUndergraduate
Cleveland, OH

Cleveland State UniversityOnline

Colby-Sawyer CollegeUndergraduate
New London, NH

College at Brockport--SUNYUndergraduate
Brockport, NY

College of IdahoUndergraduate
Caldwell, ID

College of Mount St. VincentUndergraduate
Riverdale, NY

College of New JerseyUndergraduate
Ewing, NJ

College of Our Lady of the ElmsUndergraduate
Chicopee, MA

College of St. BenedictUndergraduate
St. Joseph, MN

College of St. ElizabethUndergraduate
Morristown, NJ

College of St. MaryUndergraduate
Omaha, NE

College of St. ScholasticaUndergraduate
Duluth, MN

College of the OzarksUndergraduate
Point Lookout, MO

Colorado Mesa UniversityUndergraduate
Grand Junction, CO

Colorado State University--PuebloUndergraduate
Pueblo, CO

Nursing Careers, Education and Online Nursing Programs

Due to strong demand for nurses, there are many nursing programs available both online and in traditional on-campus settings. RN to BSN programs are perhaps the most popular in distance education for nurses because they make it practical for nurses to work while advancing their career. However, keep in mind that the nature of the profession demands a certain amount of face-to-face education. For example, even those studying for an associate’s degree in nursing online must complete the required hours of practical training in a healthcare facility.

Whether you earn your nursing degree online or on-campus, it is almost certain to be a wise investment. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates employment of registered nurses will grow 19% through 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

How To Become A Registered Nurse

Completing a nursing course, whether through an online nursing program or a traditional on-campus program, qualifies you for secure and lucrative employment. Some of the most popular nursing degrees – and the careers they can lead you to – include:

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing. This program requires two years of full-time coursework and qualifies you to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Passing the exam licenses you as an RN.
  • Bachelor of Science (BSN) in Nursing. The registered nurse education preferred by most nursing employers, a four-year bachelor of science in nursing degree is the entry point for professional nursing practice. Like an associate’s degree, the BSN not only qualifies you to sit for the NCLEX, but it also prepares you for more demanding (and higher-paying) nursing jobs later in your career. Many RN's who hold only an associate’s degree eventually find it necessary to complete an RN to BSN program if they want to advance.
  • Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN). Typically requiring two years of postgraduate study, a master's degree in nursing is required to become an advanced practice nurse, including a clinical nurse leader (CNL), nurse anesthetist (CRNA) or nurse practitioner (NP). Advanced practice nurses are in high demand and can earn anywhere from $70,000 to $150,000 a year, depending on specialty.
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing recommends that all nursing programs that offer a master's degree also offer this degree by 2015. A DNP furthers a nurse's education and prepares them for the top jobs in the profession as well as leadership roles within the department.

Nursing Career Information and Nursing Degree Salary Data

The BLS expects more than 525,000 new nurses by 2022, joining the more than 2 million people already earning a living as a nurse. Part of the reason are aging Baby Boomers who are expected to live longer than previous generations and therefore require more medical services.

Pay for nurses depends on where they work. According to the BLS, the median annual wage for a nurse working in a private hospital was $71,640 in 2014, while those working in a physician’s clinic earned $63,800.