MSN Programs in North Carolina

There are 10 schools based in North Carolina that offer master's in nursing programs and many other schools that offer their MSN programs online to registered nurses in the state of North Carolina. You can learn more about the schools, their accreditation and the concentrations they offer below. Contact the schools with programs that meet your goals and strengths to request application materials, admissions requirements and to answer your questions.

With only 12.4%* of the working nurses in North Carolina hold a master's in nursing, opportunity for master's educated nurses appears to be limitless. Master's educated nurses in North Carolina make significantly more hourly than do diploma, associate or baccalaureate educated nurses. The MSN is the logical step in the nursing career ladder for any BSN educated registered nurse who would like exposure to advanced nursing practice roles. The MSN prepares registered nurses for roles as advanced practice nurses, nurse educators, nursing informatics professionals, health systems management, doctorate program entry and many other areas of nursing that require a master's level education. You may like to read about the Nurse Practitioner programs in North Carolina. Depending on the school and program, most MSN programs offered in North Carolina can be completed in 18 to 24 months with a full-time course load and some programs can be completed in as little as 16 months.

Online Master's Nursing (MSN) Programs Offered in North Carolina

Online MSN programs offer registered nurses an opportunity to balance their course schedule with family and work demands. Students can listen or watch lectures when convenient for them and communicate with classmates and faculty via email, instant chat and other online communication formats. The online format has become the most popular avenue for working nurses to pursue higher education based on all the conveniences and flexibility offered by these programs. It makes sense. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) supports the online master's nursing education format, stating that these online programs make higher education more accessible. Learn more about the online MSN programs offered in North Carolina by reviewing the schools listed below.

No matter which master's nursing program you choose, campus or online, each builds on the baccalaureate education and incorporates new nursing theory and skills that progress toward a specialization or expertise in one field. Students enhance their knowledge of nursing science, theories and concepts, the application of nursing science, theories and concepts to nursing practice as well as the health care system. Student most often make decisions as to what area or specialization they will focus on based on their prior work experience and their strengths, though some students may change their path during the program to focus on a new found strength or interest. Choosing a program of interest and requesting information is in no way a commitment. It is an important way to gather information so that an informed decision can be made.
(*Advance for Nurses 2009 Salary Survey)

Schools Based in North Carolina Offering Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) Programs

Duke University School of Nursing

The School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Programs Offered: ABSN, RN to MSN, MSN - (Concentrations: Adult Cardiovascular Care, Adult Critical Care, Adult Primary Care, Clinical Research Management, Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontology, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing and Health Care Leadership, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, Oncology, Neonatal/Pediatrics), DNP, PhD, Post-Master's Certificates

  • Duke University - School of Nursing, DUMC 3322, 307 Trent Drive, Durham, NC, 27710, PH: 919-684-9163

East Carolina University

CCNE accredited programs and NLNAC accredited programs

Programs Offered: BSN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN, MSN - (Concentrations: Adult Nursing Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership, Nurse Midwifery), PhD

  • East Carolina University - School of Nursing, Greenville, NC 27858-4353, PH: 252-328-5358

Gardner Webb University

CCNE & NLNAC accredited programs

Programs Offered: ADN, RN to BSN, RN - MSN, MSN - (Concentrations: Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, MSN/MBA)

  • Gardner Webb University, Campus Box 312, Boiling Springs, NC 28017, PH: 704-406-4000

Queens University of Charlotte

CCNE accredited programs

Programs Offered: ASN, BSN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN, MSN - (Concentrations: Health Systems Management, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Educator Practices)

  • Queens University of Charlotte - Vail Program of Nursing, 1900 Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28274, PH: 704-337-2276

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

CCNE accredited programs

Programs Offered: BSN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN, MSN - (Concentrations: Adult Nurse Practitioner (including ANP/Oncology option), Health Care Systems - Administration, - Clinical Nurse Leader, - Education, - Informatics, - Outcome Management, Children's Health (PNP, CNS), Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health, Women's Health (including dual option: WHCNP & FNP), Post-Master's programs with the MSN concentration options, Doctoral

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB # 7460, Carrington Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460, PH: 919-966-4260

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

CCNE accredited programs

Programs Offered: RN to BSN, MSN - (Concentrations: Nurse Anesthesia, FNP, Nurse Administrator, Community/Public Health, Nurse Educator)

  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte - School of Nursing, Charlotte, NC 28223, PH: 704-687-7952

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

NLNAC & CCNE accredited programs

Programs Offered: BSN, RN to BSN, MSN - (Concentrations: Nursing Administration, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing Education, Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontological), Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Various Concentrations, Post-Master's Certificates in Various Concentrations, MSN/MBA, PhD

  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro - School of Nursing, P.O. Box 26172, Greensboro, NC 27402-6172, PH: 336-334-5010

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

CCNE and NLNAC accredited Programs

Programs Offered: BSN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN, MSN - (Concentrations: FNP, Nurse Educator), Post-Master's certificate

  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington - School of Nursing, 601 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-3297, PH: 910-962-3208

Western Carolina University

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited Nursing School.

Programs Offered: BSN, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN, MSN - (Tracks: Nurse Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Administrator), Post-Master's certificates

  • Western Carolina University - Department of Nursing, 209 Moore Hall, Cullowhee, NC 28723, PH: 828-227-7211

Winston-Salem State University

CCNE accredited Department of Nursing

Programs Offered: BSN, LPN to BSN, EMT to BSN, Accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, MSN - (Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Nurse Educator)

  • Winston-Salem State University, 601 Martin Luther King. Jr. Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27110, PH: 336-750-2560

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