Earn a Meaningful Nursing Degree, 100% Online
A career in nursing is highly rewarding and education plays a critical role. Many health care employers have a growing need to hire qualified nursing professionals and by earning an advanced degree, you’ll have a clear, competitive advantage in the workplace.
More than ever, nurses are choosing to pursue their master’s degrees online. Nursing programs are rigorous, so having the flexibility of online courses helps accommodate the schedule of a busy, working nurse.
Granite state College offers two MSN options—an MSN in Health Care Education and an MSN in Health Care Leadership. These 30- and 36-credit programs are available fully online with select blended course options, and require just 9 to 11 courses total. Our programs are fully aligned with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing. Coursework builds upon the skills and knowledge gained in a BSN Nursing Degree, providing seamless progression to achieving the competencies required for advanced nursing positions.
These program are available to students in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, and numerous states across the country. See Availability in Your State for full details.
MSN Degree Options
Health Care Leadership
Lead change, promote health, and improve care for multiple populations with our Master of Science in Nursing Health Care Leadership. Become a versatile nursing leader who can guide interprofessional teams in diverse health care environments.
This program is fully aligned with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing. Coursework builds upon the skills and knowledge gained in a BSN Nursing Degree, providing seamless progression to achieving the competencies required for advanced nursing positions.
Health Care Education
Advance interprofessional learning and development in a nurse educator role. This program will help registered nurses develop skills to address the critical shortage in nurse educators. This shortage continues to limit student capacity at a time when the need for registered nurses continues to grow.
This program challenges the nurse to engage in learning the critical components needed to teach nurses in today’s challenging health care environment. The program has been built on the foundations of nurse education competencies from the National League for Nursing.
- Advocacy and Health Policy
- Translating and Integrating Research into Nursing Practice
- Health Care Quality and Safety
- Health Care Technology Informatics
- Interprofessional Collaboration for Population Health
Why Granite State College?
Our MSN programs offer you the opportunity to maximize your existing nursing expertise, apply what you learn on-the-job, and connect your studies to your professional goals, empowering you to make a difference as an innovative nursing leader and educator.
We also offer a dual credit opportunity for our RN to BSN student, creating a high-quality, affordable, and efficient educational pathway.
Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis, offering the opportunity to begin studies at Granite State College at any term during the year. Our admission criteria includes:
- Bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a 3.0 GPA average for the last 60 credit hours attempted, or a 3.0 GPA minimum overall (undergraduate), from a regionally accredited college or university
NOTE: Graduate degree with a 3.0 GPA minimum overall from a regionally accredited college or university also fulfills the requirement.
- Official transcripts for all previous college work
- Registered Nurse (RN) license
- 500-1000 word statement which includes professional goals and aspirations, motivation for applying for the degree, and relevant formal or informal experiences. The statement is evaluated on applicant’s writing and its content alignment with the program’s purpose and outcomes.
- (2) professional or academic references
Contact information for your references is submitted via the admission application. This will generate an email inviting your references to complete a short questionnaire to assess your candidacy. A formal letter of recommendation is not required; however, your references are welcome to upload one within the questionnaire.
- Current resume
How to Ensure Our Online Programs are Available to You
Students who reside outside of New Hampshire must possess an active RN license from the state where you are currently practicing. Some states may restrict practice requirements for degree completion. You are responsible for verifying these restrictions.
Our RN to BSN and our MSN programs are currently available in New Hampshire, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia. If you live in or move to a state not listed, please check with an advisor to ensure the program is available in your new state. We are working to expand the number of states in which our nursing programs are offered.