Online Master of Science in Nursing

Build a Career Ahead of the Curve.

Americans are living longer and have greater access to health care than ever before. At the same time, more than a million nurses are projected to retire between 2017 and 2030, creating a shortage of experienced health care professionals.*

An online Master of Science in Nursing from Bradley University can prepare you to meet this need. Whether your goal is to provide advanced care as a nurse practitioner or to lead the next generation of nurses as an administrator, we can equip you with the knowledge and skills to help you succeed.

*American Association of Colleges of Nursing

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The master’s degree program in Nursing, Post-Graduate APRN Certificate program, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Bradley University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Prepare to Make a Greater Impact in Your Community.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 52% increase in the number of nurse practitioner roles by 2029, and 32% job growth for medical and health services managers over the same period.

Our online MSN can position you for a rewarding career as a nurse practitioner or administrator. We offer three concentrations, allowing you the flexibility to specialize your studies in the area where you aspire to make the greatest difference.

Choose from five specializations:

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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP

(BSN/ADN/diploma/non-nursing bachelor’s entry)


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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP

(BSN/ADN/diploma/non-nursing bachelor’s entry)


Young smiling female FNP with patient

Family NP

(BSN/ADN/diploma/non-nursing bachelor’s entry)


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Nursing Administration

(BSN/ADN/diploma/non-nursing bachelor’s entry)

MSN – Nursing Administration SPECIALIZATION

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Psychiatric Mental Health NP

(BSN/ADN/diploma/non-nursing bachelor’s entry)


Why Bradley University for your online Master of Science in Nursing?

There’s Forward Thinking and Then There’s Forward Doing.

Bradley University has been shaping leaders and innovators since 1897. Continuously driven by our commitment to excellence in teaching, research and learning, we’ve designed our online MSN programs to expertly combine rigorous academics with real-world practice.

A Bradley education is a rich culture of collaboration, support and shared values, one that will challenge you to grow personally and professionally. We continue to earn high marks for our outstanding faculty and student-centered approach to learning.

When you choose Bradley University, you choose flexibility. Our online Master of Science in Nursing programs allow you to complete your clinical hours with approved preceptors of your choice. Get the most out of your clinical hours by selecting different preceptors for each area of study that your clinical hours emphasize.

If you’re ready to join the next generation of nursing and health care leaders, then we’re ready for you.

Is an online MSN program right for you?

Prepare for Your Advanced Degree in Nursing.

Need help deciding which online MSN program best aligns with your current needs and future goals? We can help. See details about each program below.

Online MSN – FNP:

  • You’re passionate about family medicine.
  • You’re ready to establish yourself as a leader in primary care.
  • You want to gain the skills and knowledge to prepare yourself for the ANCC or AANP certification exam.

Online MSN – PMHNP:

  • You want to provide psychiatric mental health advanced practice nursing to all ages in various mental health settings.
  • You’re interested in psychological communication skills and therapeutic treatments.
  • You want to gain the skills and knowledge to prepare yourself for the ANCC certification exam.

Online MSN – Nursing Administration:

  • You aspire to play a role in shaping health care policy and leading future generations of nurses.
  • You want to develop your skills in areas such as health care administration, financial management, quality improvement and information technology.
  • You’re ready to transition into a managerial position such as nursing director, nurse supervisor, clinical nurse leader or nurse manger.

Online MSN – AGACNP:

  • You want to enhance your ability to provide advanced acute care to diverse populations including adolescents, young adults, middle-aged patients, and the elderly.
  • You strive to develop your skills in areas such as health assessment, disease prevention, pathophysiology, and pharmacology.
  • You want to gain the skills and knowledge to prepare yourself for the ANCC or AACN certification exam.

Online MSN – AGPCNP:

  • You want to grow your proficiency in areas such as administering checkups, conducting health assessments, and providing health counseling and education.
  • You care about helping patients manage chronic health conditions including hypertension, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses.
  • You want to gain the skills and knowledge to prepare yourself for the ANCC or AANPBC certification exam.

Here are a few other ways to know if an online MSN from Bradley is the right choice for you:

• You want to collaborate with and learn from other aspiring nurse practitioners or nurse leaders.
• You want a flexible online learning environment that fits your busy schedule.
• You’re eager to learn from a faculty of passionate and experienced clinicians.
• You’re ready to earn an advanced degree that can elevate your earning potential.