North Dakota Master's Degree in Nursing

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North Dakota MSN Programs

For those who have high goals in the nursing world, a master's degree may be perfect. Colleges and universities are always looking for passionate students to be a part of their MSN programs in North Dakota so that they can go on to improve the medical industry. Nurses are a vital part of the medical world, and they can be seen as the foundation for healthcare. Thus the better educated and more capable nurses are of providing the highest level of care, the better off the medical industry is.

For those who cannot find a campus-based MSN program in North Dakota that works for them, there are plenty of options online to choose from. The MSN programs vary in terms of price, curriculum, and majors offered, so there are many factors to compare. Nurses who are serious about earning a master's degree should consider all the options and pick the best one for them.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Most MSN programs are either online or on-site, though some programs do offer a unique hybrid format. Traditional, on-campus MSN programs in North Dakota or neighboring states are a good option for residents who wish to learn in a classroom setting. These programs give students the opportunity to interact in-person with instructors and fellow students.

Online MSN programs are a great opportunity for those who do not feel as though they have time to travel to attend on-campus classes at scheduled times. These programs have a less rigid structure, and often allow students to complete coursework 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is a great way to continue working full-time and earn an MSN from home, with little interruption of daily life.

The University of Phoenix offers one example of an online MSN program. This university offers the following areas of study: Informatics, Nursing & Healthcare Education, Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration-Health Care Management Dual Degree, and Family Nurse Practitioner. This program requires students to complete 39-42 core credits for graduation, as well as a specialized curriculum for each specialty. The number of clinical hours required also varies by specialty.

California University of Pennsylvania's Global Online MSN is another example of this program format. This university offers the MSN in Nursing Administration and Leadership. The curriculum is designed to be completed in 20 months, and requires students to complete 30 credits in order to graduate.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are program-specific, but there are trends. The following is common and should be expected:

  • Online application and application fee
  • BSN from accredited program
  • Undergraduate course in nursing leadership, nursing research, and statistic
  • Valid RN license
  • Official transcripts
  • TOEFL for those who do not speak English as a first language


Tuition varies by program, and rates are subject to change annually. Program cost at the University of Phoenix ranges from $20,065-$32,125. California University of Pennsylvania tuition is about $13,127.40 for non-Pennsylvania residents.

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North Dakota Board of Nursing
919 South 7th Street, Suite 504
Bismarck, ND 58504
Phone: (701) 328-9777
Fax: (701) 328-9785

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North Dakota MSN Degree Prerequisites

North Dakota nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by North Dakota 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 Dakota, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in North Dakota and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of North Dakota RN to MSN programs

Those holding North Dakota 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 Dakota MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

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

Online MSN Degree Programs

In North Dakota, 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 Dakota.

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