MSN Programs in Iowa

Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs build on the baccalaureate nursing education and prior work experience to prepare graduates for advanced practice roles as well as nurse educator positions, nurse administrator roles, nurse leadership roles and a variety of other nursing career paths. The MSN is also the necessary step to enter doctorate level nursing education programs.

MSN Programs Offered Online in Iowa - No Residency Restrictions

Online MSN programs have become one of the more popular ways for nurses to complete a master's education due to the flexibility afforded through these programs. Nurses can complete a program taking a full course load or a limited course load depending on their situation. Most of the nursing schools based in Iowa offer their MSN programs in-part or completely in the online format. There are also a number of nationally accredited online MSN programs offered in Iowa that carry no residency restrictions. You can find the MSN programs offered in Iowa below along with contact information and some accreditation information.

According to the Iowa Nursing Task Force, March 3, 2008, registered nursing salaries in Iowa ranked among the lowest in the country. As is the case with most professions, higher education translates to greater responsibilities and career opportunities, which often results in higher wages. Nursing is really no exception and MSN or PhD educated nurses have significantly more career opportunities and often make significantly more money than those with less education. You may also like to read about the nurse practitioner programs offered in Iowa.

On March 3, 2008 Lt. Governor Patty Judge released the findings of the Iowa Nursing Task Force, which offers a number of recommendations that support increasing nursing salaries including those of nursing faculty. The report also suggests increasing the amount of forgivable loans and scholarships at all levels of nursing education. It appears a lot is being done to increase the attractiveness of the nursing career in Iowa.

Schools Based in Iowa Offering MSN Degree Programs

Allen College

The nursing programs are CCNE and NLNAC accredited.

Programs Offered: Accelerated - BSN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN, Master of Science in Nursing (tracks: FNP, Acute Care NP, ANP/GNP, Adult Psychiatric Mental Health NP) Post-Master's Certificates

  • Allen College, 1990 Heath Street, Waterloo, Iowa 50703, PH: 319-226-2000

Briar Cliff University

The nursing programs are NLNAC accredited.

Programs Offered: MSN (Tracks: Nurse Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner)

  • Briar Cliff University, 3303 Rebecca St, Sioux City, IA 51104, PH: 800-662-3363, ext 1662

Clarke College

Programs Offered: MSN (Tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Administrator of Nursing Systems)

  • Clarke College, 1550 Clarke Drive, Dubuque, IA 52001, PH: 563-588-6361

St. Ambrose University - Department of Nursing

Programs Offered: MSN (Tracks: Nursing Administration)

  • St. Ambrose University, 518 West Locust Street, Davenport, Iowa 52803, PH: 563-333-6000

University of Iowa - College of Nursing

Programs Offered: MSN (Tracks: Clinical Nurse Leader, APN - Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner or CNS, Nurse Anesthetist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, MSN - Nursing Systems Administration, Community Health Nursing, Genetics Nursing, Nursing Informatics, Nurse Educator, Nurse Educator, including Gerontological Nurse Educator, Occupational Health Nursing, School Health Nursing, MSN - Dual Degree - MSN/MPH, MSN/MBA)

  • College of Nursing - University of Iowa, 101 Nursing Building, 50 Newton Road, Iowa City, IA 52242-1121, PH: 319-335-7018

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