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U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs 2018Known for its high caliber and proficiency in online education, the Clarkson College online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program attracts registered nurses from across the U.S. who are interested in experiencing greater challenges, opportunities and advantages in their nursing careers.

Our rigorous and patient-focused MSN program prepares graduates to function independently and collaboratively in designing, implementing and evaluating complex health care strategies in a variety of advanced-practice nursing roles.

Students in the MSN program choose from five specialties:


Nursing Health Care Administration

Preparing nurses who desire advanced preparation in nursing health care leadership and systems.
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Nursing Education

Preparing nurses who desire advanced preparation in nursing education.
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Family Nurse Practitioner

Education nurses who desire preparation in advanced practice nursing, specifically in the family nursing practitioner role.
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Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Learn to facilitate the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic health problems in adult patients in the acute caring settings.
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In process with ACEN accreditation (Spring 2020) for a Fall 2020 start.


Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Learn to meet the mental health needs of clients facing a wide range of behavioral health issues.
Degree Plan

In process with ACEN accreditation (Spring 2020) for a Fall 2020 start.


Although the MSN program is offered entirely online, students enrolled in any of the Nurse Practitioner options are required to complete minimal on-campus visits. Refer to the Graduate Nursing Handbook for current details. At the completion of the MSN program, students who elected a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specialty will be prepared to sit for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program National Certification Examination.

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Nurse Faculty Loan Program

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) provides financial assistance to nurses enrolled in the Clarkson College Doctor in Health Care Education & Leadership (Ed.D.) program or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nursing Education program option. The NFLP aims to assist registered nurses as they complete their education to become qualified nursing faculty. Recipients are required to teach for at least four consecutive years following graduation to be eligible for loan forgiveness through NFLP.

Learn more about the Nurse Faculty Loan Program