Advance your nursing practice

Already have your RN? Make your next move with a post-licensure degree.

You’re ready to make moves in your nursing career.  Earn an advanced nursing degree and take the next steps toward your future in healthcare. You can take one course at a time in your degree program, whether you choose to earn your bachelor’s or master’s nursing degree online or on campus. Feel confident with programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). With relevant, up-to-date curriculum, you’ll walk away with skills you can apply directly to your career.

No matter the level of nursing degree you’re pursuing, our faculty and advisors will be with you every step of the way. Our on-campus and online nursing degree courses enable you to pursue your education without sacrificing your personal and work commitments. Your current RN license earns you 40 credits toward your degree. Save time and resources during your degree program with the opportunity to transfer up to a maximum of 87 credits into your CCNE-accredited nursing degree program.

Our Nursing Pathways Program allows students who are interested in earning both their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN) to enroll in courses that count toward both your RN to BSN and MSN. In these programs, you’ll learn the theory and practice of contemporary nursing including evidence-based practice; quality and patient safety; and leadership.

Earn your master’s degree in nursing with our Nursing Bridge Program. Designed for nurses who have a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field, this program helps working nurses quickly earn their MSN, while saving time and money. You’ll take the same MSN introductory course, along with three nursing upper division level bridge courses to provide you with the skills you’ll need to pursue your goals.

Explore the benefits of a degree from our School of Nursing:

Transfer credits

Transfer up to a maximum of 87 credits into your CCNE-accredited RN to BSN degree program. You can fulfill up to 40 of those credits simply by having an RN license.

One course at a time

You’ll get to take just one class at a time helping you absorb the subject matter before moving on to new material.

Scholarships

Eligible nursing students can apply for scholarships. Eligible Masters of Science in Nursing students can take advantage of the Master Nurse Leadership Scholarship and earn up to $2,500 or $5,000 in tuition reductions toward your MSN with the Master Nurse Leadership Scholarship. Learn More.

Explore our featured programs in Nursing:

 


 

Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN):

Designed with flexibility for the working nurse in mind, this program online or on-campus program (available at select campuses) builds upon the professional skills and knowledge of registered nurses. RN’s with an ADN can transfer in 87 credits, leaving only 33 more credits to complete a BSN. Coursework aligns with leading industry organization standards including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN®) and Quality & Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN). In this program, you’ll learn how to:

  • Use research to support evidence-based practice
  • Develop policies
  • Plan and use budgets
  • Identify technology’s influence on health care delivery
  • Identify, plan or evaluate quality metrics and benchmarks
  • Identify public and community health needs

 

MASTER'S DEGREES


 

Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nurse Administration:

Nurses completing this graduate-level program are prepared to become hospital and healthcare leaders. Choose from two business elective options that align with your interests and goals. These include content in finance, human resources, and more. Your coursework will expose you to content aligned with the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Nurse Executive – Board Certification (NE-BC) exam. If you have the required practice experience, you will meet eligibility to sit for national certification. In this program, you’ll learn how to:

  • Use data to make decisions, develop strategic plans and allocate resources
  • Manage human resources
  • Apply leadership skills within an organization
  • Organize systems
  • Advocate for and manage financial resources
  • Establish quality markers
  • Reduce risk

 

Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nurse Education:

If you’re looking for a professional role in nursing education, this graduate-level program can help you get there. Graduates of this program often teach in schools, colleges and universities, as well as hospital settings. To help prepare you for these roles, coursework aligns to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN®) and the National League of Nursing (NLN) certification to become a nurse educator (CNE). Once you fulfill your teaching experience requirements, you’ll be eligible to sit for The National League of Nursing's Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam. In this program, you’ll learn how to:

  • Use technology in education
  • Develop educational activities, courses and programs
  • Facilitate engaged learning
  • Evaluate and assess learning
  • Stay on top of regulatory and accreditation requirements to teach nurses

 

Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Informatics:

If you’re a registered nurse looking to study and effectively use data to improve patient outcomes, you can earn your Master of Science (MSN) in Nursing Informatics online. This program helps prepare you to pursue leadership roles in nursing informatics. Learn how to use data to influence quality and reduce risk within healthcare and to provide evidence of meeting quality, compliance and regulatory standards. Coursework aligns to content found in the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Informatics – Board Certification (RN-BC). Clinical electives are available for nurses who are seeking certification eligibility. In this program, you’ll learn how to:

  • Manage and analyze data
  • Apply information system design
  • Transform and distribute data
  • Use electronic data effectively while maintaining regulatory and ethical considerations

 

Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner:

If you are a registered nurse seeking more autonomy in your practice, this may be the degree for you. The program educationally prepares nurses for advanced practice which emphasizes comprehensive, preventative care in addition to treatment. After completing your degree, you’ll be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (FNP-BC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified (FNP-C) exam and become eligible to be a certified nurse practitioner. In this program, available online and at select campuses, you’ll learn how to:

  • Understand pharmacology for advanced practitioners
  • Perform advanced clinical procedures
  • Become an advanced practice nurse
  • Analyze research and apply it to your practice

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Practical application

Learn more about scholarships and the admissions process by speaking with an enrollment representative. Your advanced nursing degree can be the key you need to open the door to exciting new career opportunities.

The School of Nursing

Earn your Bachelor’s or Master’s nursing degree online or on campus and learn from instructors who bring an average of 20 years of experience to the classroom. The BSN and MSN programs are CCNE accredited and align with leading industry organizations, such as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN®), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and Quality & Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN).

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing programs at University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).