North Carolina Master's Degree in Nursing

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North Carolina MSN programs are a great opportunity for nurses who want to advance in their careers. A master's is among the highest degrees one can earn as a nurse, and it can easily transform a career for the better. For those who are looking for a positive change of pace and would like the tools to take on more responsibility in a nursing role, the first step is to find an MSN program that is going to help the individual to achieve his or her goals.

While there are several great campus-based MSN programs in North Carolina, one does not necessarily have to attend one of them in order to study in this state. Nurses can also remain in NC and earn a master's degree online, allowing them to enroll in online programs all over the country. There are many different options both on-campus and online, so it is important to choose the one that best fits.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Those who wish to earn an MSN degree in North Carolina have a variety of options to choose from. One can choose from the various NC colleges and universities offering this program, or from the countless online programs.

MSN programs offered by North Carolina colleges and universities are a great option for those who prefer to learn in a classroom alongside other students. This traditional program format allows students to network with each other and to interact with professors and preceptors in person. The downside to this type of program is that students must attend classes on campus at the scheduled time. For some, this works well, but this may conflict with many students' personal schedules.

Those who need more flexibility from an MSN program might benefit from one of the online options. There are many programs to choose from, and they can be completed from anywhere in the country at any time. This format is great for nurses who are employed full-time and struggling to balance a hectic schedule. Two examples of programs offered online are South University and Grand Canyon University.

South University offers the following three different MSN areas of study: Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Informatics. Each specialization requires students to complete 48-52 credits, including a capstone course. South also offers an MSN Nurse Practitioner program, which requires students to complete 62 credits. Students in this program can specialize in either the Adult Health Care Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner track.

Grand Canyon University offers many master's degree programs for nursing students, including Clinical Nurse Specialist with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology, Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN with Emphasis in Health Care Informatics, and MSN with Emphasis in Nursing Education. The curriculum depends on the track chosen, but most require students to complete 36-53 credits and up to 650 clinical hours.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary, but applicants in North Carolina should expect the following:

  • BSN from an accredited program with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Successful completion of undergraduate statistics and nursing research courses with "C" or better
  • Official transcripts
  • Unencumbered RN license
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Essay or goal statement
  • Current resume/CV
  • Tuition

    Tuition varies by programs, and this information is subject to change. Students at South University pay $20,928-$27,032 for tuition, excluding additional fees, depending on the track chosen.

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Other Schools with MSN Programs in North Carolina

Gardner-Webb University
110 South Main Street
Boiling Springs, NC 28017
University of Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
University of North Carolina - Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Western Carolina University
1 University Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Duke University
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708
University of North Carolina - Greensboro
1000 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC 27412
University of North Carolina - Wilmington
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

North Carolina MSN Degree Prerequisites

North Carolina nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by North Carolina Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in North Carolina, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in North Carolina and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of North Carolina RN to MSN programs

Those holding North Carolina RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

North Carolina MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In North Carolina, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the North Carolina Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of North Carolina grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In North Carolina, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of North Carolina.

North Carolina MSN Degree Resources

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