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Top MSN Degrees Online

The term MSN -- Master's of Science in Nursing -- has become so popular that it is synonymous with advanced practice nursing. Attaining an MSN degree actually prepares you for a number of different fields, including clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, nurse-midwife or nurse practitioner. Earning your master’s in nursing online or on campus typically takes about two years of full-time post-baccalaureate study.

The accredited schools listed below offer nursing degrees, click on the "request info" button next to the school of your choice to receive more information about on-campus and online MSN degrees.

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Dordt College
Sioux Center, IA
Illinois College
Jacksonville, IL
John Carroll University
University Heights, OH
Lynn University
Boca Raton, FL
MacMurray College
Jacksonville, IL
Messiah College
Mechanicsburg, PA

Earn Your MSN Degree Online

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of registered nurses (RNs) is expected to grow by 26% through 2020. In 2010, the median annual wage for RNs was $66,650 for those working in a hospital and $62,880 in a physician's clinic. However, completing a Master’s of Science in Nursing or Online MSN program and earning AP certification can place you in the highest income bracket for nurses, which the BLS list as over $92,240 annually.

Perhaps even more importantly, nurses with this level of education typically have access to the best jobs in the best locations, which can bring benefits that go above and beyond salary considerations.

Distance Learning A Popular Choice for Nurses

Strong demand for nurses - driven in part by an aging population that is requiring more healthcare workers -- has resulted in many colleges and universities offering nursing courses both on-campus and online. Many nurses choose to use distance learning to advance their careers as online classes allow them to work their education around a busy work schedule.

It's important to remember, however, that the nature of a nursing education requires students to complete some amount of face-to-face training, so even online students must still fulfill practical training requirements.