Master of Science in Nursing Online

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The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is a virtual extension of our highly regarded on-campus program — one of the largest nurse practitioner (NP) programs in Massachusetts. At Regis College, we work directly with active nursing professionals to provide an educational experience rooted in today’s prevailing medical practices, while also imparting the critical thinking skills necessary to excel as a nurse practitioner. At Regis, our student NP pass rates exceed the national average in most specialized areas of practice.

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Length: 28-36 months
Total Credits: 46-64 (64 for PMHNP concentration)

Upcoming Start Dates:
Summer: 4/29/2024


Benefits of Pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing Online

Earning your online MSN gives you the opportunity to advance your nursing career without completely disrupting your life. Our online MSN degree will prepare you to sit for and pass various NP certification exams, so you can confidently advance your nursing career.

Master of Science in Nursing Online Specializations

Learn how to drive positive change in your role through increased specialization, enhanced autonomy, and prescriptive authority as an advanced practice nurse. Focus your online MSN in one of six specializations designed to build your expertise in a distinct area of nursing serving populations with unique needs.

Adult Gerontology – Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
Learn to provide primary care about chronic illness and aging, including polypharmacy management and end-of-life considerations. Formerly referred to as “AGNP”.

Adult Gerontology – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
Diagnose and treat critical medical conditions in adults in an acute care setting. Learn advanced diagnostics, pathophysiology, and more.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Develop skills and knowledge to work with every age in a family practice environment.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
Focus on a variety of health needs and issues in an outpatient, primary care pediatric setting.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
Provide care to mental health clients across the lifespan using contemporary psychotherapy modalities and knowledge of psychopharmacology.

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
Learn to care for women at all life stages, including primary care, gynecological, and obstetrical health care needs.

What Can You Do with a Master’s in Nursing?

Our online Master of Science in Nursing builds on the foundational clinical knowledge of a bachelor’s degree in nursing to help you develop more focused skills and expertise in your area of interest. By earning your MSN degree from Regis, you’ll prepare yourself for advanced roles within more specialized practice settings. We offer six concentrations, so you can earn an MSN degree that puts you on the path to the nursing career that you’re most interested in.

Online MSN Degree Career Paths

An MSN degree can lead you down various career paths, particularly in specialized practice areas. Though specific job titles and responsibilities differ depending on your specialization, MSN graduates typically work in similar clinical and nonclinical settings.

In roles such as:

  • Primary care nurse practitioner
  • Research specialist
  • Acute care nurse practitioner
  • Nurse manager
  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Pediatric nurse practitioner
  • Nurse administrator
  • Psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • Informatics nurse specialist
  • Women’s health nurse practitioner

What Is the Typical MSN Nurse Practitioner Salary?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2021 median annual salary of NPs was $120,680 — $43,080 more than the 2021 median annual salary for registered nurses (RNs) who don’t have an MSN degree.

MSN Nurse Practitioner Job Outlook

As the nation’s population grows and the number of older Americans rises, new health threats will emerge and demand for health care services will increase, causing a greater need for health care practitioners. That’s one of the key reasons why the BLS predicts a 46% growth rate in nurse practitioner jobs between 2021 and 2031. That’s nine times greater than the average for all occupations.

Why Choose Regis For Your Online Master of Science in Nursing?

Qualify to sit for NP certification exams

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Complete in as few as 28 – 36 months

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Exceed national average NP pass rates*

Flexible entry paths: ADN/BSN/Bachelor’s to MSN

Transfer credits accepted

*Based on Regis online and on-campus NP exam pass rates

Master of Science in Nursing Online Program Curriculum

Our online Master of Science in Nursing is an extension of our on-campus program, offering students anywhere in the country the opportunity to advance their education. Our core MSN curriculum features coursework relevant to all nursing disciplines, including Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Concepts in Nurse Leadership. These courses will prepare you with the foundational health care practices, strategies, and theories to help you advance your nursing career.

On top of the program’s core courses, we offer six specializations that will allow you to further fortify your nursing expertise in areas specific to your career goals and aspirations. Though every nursing student takes the same core curriculum courses, your overall course load will differ based on the specialization you choose. Explore the full course list on our curriculum page.

Qualify to Sit for Nursing Certification Exams

Completing the online MSN program can help you sit for exams from the following certification boards (based on your chosen specialty):

  • The American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • National Certification Corporation

Hear From Our Students

“Even as an online student, I feel connected and supported by my faculty. I feel like I’m part of a class and I’m enjoying interacting online with my peers across the nation. You cannot go wrong with Regis or with online learning.”

Enid Landreth

Online Master of Science in Nursing Program (AGPCNP)

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MSN Degree Admission Requirements

To be eligible for this program, students must meet the following qualifications:

Registered Nurse with Associate Degree Entry or Registered Nurse with Non-Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Entry:

  • An Associate Degree in Nursing or a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Active unencumbered RN license
  • Complete 15 bridge credit hours with a B or better
  • Must complete a college-level statistics course prior to the start of classes
  • For RNs with associate degree in nursing, general education courses may be required, depending on student’s prior undergraduate coursework
  • One year of critical care work experience (for AGACNP program only)

Registered Nurse with Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Entry (BSN to MS in Nursing)

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution and accredited program
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Active unencumbered RN license
  • Must complete a college-level statistics course prior to the start of classes
  • One year of critical care work experience (for AGACNP program only)

MSN Degree Application Requirements

You can begin your application process today. To get started you will need to submit the following:

  • Application form
  • Proof of active unencumbered RN license
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Current resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation

Master’s Programs Guide ranked Regis #16 in 50 Best Online Master of Science in Nursing Programs.

New England Commission of Higher Education

Regis College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education

Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing 2008-2020

Fastest Growing College in the U.S. Top 25

Ranked among the Top 25 Fastest-Growing Colleges by The Business Journals

Ways to Save on Your Tuition

Employee Discounts
Regis partner employees can receive a discount on their tuition. Find out if your employer is a partner.

Federal & Military Discounts
Federal government employees as well as active and reserve military and veterans are eligible for a 15% discount on tuition. Find out more.

Alumni Discounts
Regis alumni who have received a previous degree from Regis are eligible for a 10% discount on tuition. Speak to an advisor for more information.

Financial Aid
We are here to support you through the process. Speak to an advisor to learn more.

Nursing Student Loan Program
Nurture your nursing career with Regis: Affordable loans for aspiring nurses.
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Regis discounts cannot be combined with any other discount or scholarship offered by Regis. Some exceptions may apply.

Online MSN Degree FAQ

An MSN degree gives you the opportunity to pursue more specialized areas of practice in both clinical and nonclinical settings. With an MSN degree, you can take your nursing career in a direction that’s more aligned with your personal interests, such as pediatric care or family practice.

About Regis

As a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health care that are designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, health care landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide.

“In recent years, Regis has become a powerhouse in professional and graduate education in nursing and health sciences. As a result, our university has become increasingly visible locally, nationally, and internationally.”

Dr. Antoinette Hays RN, Ph.D.


When you choose Regis, you join a closely knit community with big university benefits. As a Regis student, you have the opportunity to build a solid health care foundation, lasting professional connections, and the specialized expertise you need to expand your skills and perspective. Prepare to enter in-demand fields such as nursing and health administration confidently with an education of the highest standard.