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Nursing is an essential and ever growing profession. Almost 20% of the entire United States GDP is spent on healthcare and a large part of that is spent on nurses! Nurses make almost six figures with just a bachelors and a couple years of experience, but if you're already a nurse looking to move into that next bracket of specialty and income then a Masters in Nursing (MSN) might be the right path for you! If you aren't a nurse, but are looking to get into the profession, a MSN might be the right way in!

Rush University


US News & World Report has Rush University in Chicago, Illinois as the #1 ranked Online Nursing Masters. Rush University is a private school where 99% of students are working full or part time while attending school. The material is all pre-recorded and so students can access the material whenever and their own pace which is helpful given the working status of the students. The program boasts over 600 students who are taught by the same distinguished faculty that teach on campus and there are a mix of full-time and part-time programs to meet the needs of all lifestyles and learning speeds. Regardless of the method, graduates are highly qualified and sought after by employers for their technical and clinical expertise as well as leadership, which lead to better health outcome for patients and health systems as a whole.

University of South Carolina


The University of South Carolina is a public institution where the graduate level online nursing courses are administered onine through recorded lectures and teaching material. Similar to others on this, 98% of the students are employed in some capacity when they first enroll. There are 4 paths that the masters can break down into which are: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Nursing Administration (NA). University of South Carolina's various MSN programs will open up new career paths and help you advance no matter where you are in your health care career

Johns Hopkins University


Johns Hopkins University is a global healthcare powerhouse with one of the best clinical professional schools in the world. This program is highly selective with less than 100 students enrolled at any point in time and is one of the more expensive programs in our rankings at $1,668 per credit. The Mast of Sceince in Nursing (MSN) program has 4 specialties: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Entry into Nursing Program, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Health Systems Management Track, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Public Health Nursing Track, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Advanced Nursing Practice. Whether you have a bachelor's in a completely unrelated field and want to become a registered nurse or if you're a seasoned nurse looking for an additional degree to further your education and career, Johns Hopkins has the right degree program to help you achieve what you're trying to do.

Ohio State University


Ohio State's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program boasts an impressive 95%+ certification pass rate, so if you're a using the MSN to transition to a career as a registered nurse, then Ohio State might be the program for you. However, unlike some of the other programs on this list, the program has a large real-time interaction component which can be great for students looking to feel as if they're takinc classes in person, but does not provide all of the flexiblity of some of the other programs. The real-time components for the program really helps drive and teach telehealth, patient care management, and other essential human aspects to healthcare.

St. Xavier University


St. Xavier University has won 4 straight Center of Excellence awards from the National League of Nursing. Also located in Chicago, Illinois with Rush University, this university also boasts a very high concurrent employment rate at 100%! This school knows how to deal with and work with working professionals and if you're looking for a flexible program this could be one of the most flexible. St. Xavier even has a rolling admissions deadline to provide additional flexiblity.