Top Online MSN-Nurse Practitioner Programs

This list of online master of science in nursing (MSN) programs with a nurse practitioner (NP) specialization is ranked by our AdvanceU score, which factors cost, admissions flexibility, and program variety.

Typically, online MSN-NP programs require applicants to hold a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. However, some institutions offer MSN degree paths for registered nurses (RNs) prepared with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, or in rare cases, a nursing diploma. This guide focuses on those programs that accept BSN-prepared RNs.

Certain schools allow RNs with a non-nursing bachelor’s to enroll in the BSN-to-MSN track if they first complete a couple of “missing” required component courses. We have grouped such programs with programs that will accept ADN-prepared nurses. Those are all listed on our RN-to-MSN nurse practitioner page.

If a program accepts RNs prepared with a degree other than a BSN degree, we have attempted to indicate this in the program name.

Online MSN-NP programs require completing between 500 and 700 clinical hours to meet the practice requirements for NP licensure. All online programs listed here include a clinical preceptorship in which students complete their hours at an approved facility, typically located close to where they live and work. A few programs do restrict preceptorships to a specific location or geography. While that is more the exception than the rule, it is worth confirming the situation with any schools of interest.

To review preceptorship and other details about a school of interest, simply click on its name and check its detailed school profile, which goes into great detail on application requirements, cost, curriculum, and more.

All the online MSN-NP programs listed below are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). These two organizations are recognized by the US Department of Education and the nursing industry for upholding the nursing profession to the highest academic and professional standards.

Online MSN-NP Program Rankings

This list of online MSN-NP programs draws from our database of 928 online nursing programs and represents what we believe to be a complete list of such programs accepting students at the outset of the 2021-2022 academic year. To qualify for inclusion in our rankings, an MSN-NP program must require fewer than ten campus visits.

At NPSchools.com, our mission is to ensure the accuracy of the data on our website. Should you find an error or missing program, please contact us.

The NPSchools.com AdvanceU score measures a school’s Commitment to helping RNs become APRNs online.

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School Program Tuition
(Resident)
Tuition
(Non-Resident)
72 University of South Alabama(#1)
MSN – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP (post-BSN pathway) $26,730.00 $26,730.00
MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (post-BSN pathway) $26,730.00 $26,730.00
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (post-BSN pathway) $26,730.00 $26,730.00
MSN – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (post-BSN pathway) $26,730.00 $26,730.00
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MSN – Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (post-BSN pathway) $26,730.00 $26,730.00
MSN – Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (post-BSN pathway) $26,730.00 $26,730.00
MSN – Psychatric Nurse Practitioner (post-BSN) $26,730.00 $26,730.00
MSN – Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (post-BSN pathway) $26,730.00 $26,730.00
MSN – Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP) – post-BSN pathway $33,858.00 $33,858.00
MSN – Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP) – post-BSN pathway $33,858.00 $33,858.00
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67 Northern Kentucky University(#2)
MSN – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner $23,650.00 $23,650.00
MSN – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner $25,300.00 $25,300.00
MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner $25,850.00 $25,300.00
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner $30,315.00 $25,850.00
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66 Frontier Nursing University(#3)
MSN – Women's Health Nurse Practitioner $35,844.00 $35,844.00
MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner $37,080.00 $37,080.00
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner $37,698.00 $37,698.00
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65 Maryville University(#4)
MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN AGPCNP) $33,333.00 $33,333.00
MSN – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (MSN PNP) $35,772.00 $35,772.00
MSN – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN AGACNP) $38,211.00 $38,211.00
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNP) $38,211.00 $38,211.00
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MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN PMHNP) $40,650.00 $40,650.00
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63 University of Missouri(#5)
MSN – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner $20,702.00 $20,702.00
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner $22,113.50 $22,113.50
MSN – Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner $22,113.50 $22,113.50
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62 University of Missouri – Kansas City(#6)
MSN – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner $27,621.00 $27,621.00
MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner $28,234.80 $28,234.80
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner $28,234.80 $28,234.80
MSN – Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner $28,234.80 $28,234.80
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MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner $28,234.80 $28,234.80
MSN – Women's Health Nurse Practitioner $28,234.80 $28,234.80
MSN – Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner $31,917.60 $31,917.60
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62 Texas Tech University(#7)
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner Track $12,720.00 $32,304.00
MSN – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track $12,720.00 $32,304.00
MSN – Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track $12,985.00 $32,977.00
MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track $12,985.00 $32,977.00
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MSN – Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track $13,515.00 $34,323.00
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62 University of Texas – Arlington(#8)
MSN – Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner $26,814.00 $26,814.00
MSN – Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner $26,814.00 $26,814.00
MSN – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner $26,814.00 $26,814.00
MSN – Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner $29,430.00 $29,430.00
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MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner $35,154.75 $35,154.75
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62 Regis College(#9)
MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP $45,080.00 $45,080.00
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner $45,080.00 $45,080.00
MSN – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner $45,080.00 $45,080.00
MSN – Women's Health Nurse Practitioner $45,080.00 $45,080.00
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MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner $48,020.00 $48,020.00
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61 University of Southern Indiana(#10)
MSN – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner $16,828.56 $16,828.56
MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner $16,828.56 $16,828.56
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) $16,828.56 $16,828.56
MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner $17,629.92 $17,629.92
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MSN Nurse Practitioner Career and Salary Data

A master of science in nursing (MSN) with a nurse practitioner (NP) specialization allows students to become practicing nurse practitioners in a variety of settings. NP specializations include:

  • Family nurse practitioner (FNP)
  • Neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP)
  • Pediatric acute care nurse practitioner (PNP-AC)
  • Pediatric primary care nurse practitioner (PNP-PC)
  • Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AGNP-AC)
  • Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AGNP-PC)
  • Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP)

MSN-prepared nurse practitioners earn approximately $80,670 to $182,750 yearly with a median annual wage of $107,030 (Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 2018). Due to the shortage of family practice doctors, among other reasons, nurse practitioner positions are forecasted to rise by 28 percent between 2018 and 2028, an addition of 53,300 jobs nationwide (BLS, 2018). The average growth rate for all occupations, by comparison, is 5 percent.