Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Elevate Your Nursing Career With a Nurse Practitioner Degree

Enhance your nursing education with a degree that meets the demands of the rapidly evolving health care industry to provide you with the elevated scope of practice necessary for career autonomy. Rider’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is designed to help you develop the skills, experience and confidence to excel as a nurse practitioner across various health care environments and make autonomous decisions in patient care.

Specialize your degree with our selection of high-demand concentrations in adult-gerontology primary care or family nurse practitioner — so you can follow your passion, wherever it may lead.

Industry Outlook*

  • 26% -  Expected growth in job demand for nurse practitioners by 2028
  • 16,900+ - Projected number of openings for nurse practitioners, on average, over the decade
  • $109,820 - Median annual salary for a nurse practitioner

* U.S. BLS, 2020.

What Sets Rider’s Online MSN Program Apart

  • Part-time, standalone 100% online program with flexible courses to accommodate students who work full-time
  • Six convenient start dates: 
    • Fall A – August 31
    • Fall B – October 19
    • Spring A – January 25
    • Spring B – March 22
    • Summer A – May 18
    • Summer B – July 6
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Highly skilled and dedicated faculty
  • Flexibility to complete your clinical hours in a timeframe that works best for you (no residencies or intensives) and support for clinical placements
  • Preparation to sit for The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) and American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certifications    

What You’ll Need

Our flexible and convenient online curriculum provides diverse approaches to teaching and engaged faculty that encourage self-directed learning and critical reasoning. Build on your bachelor’s-level nursing education to expand the scope of practice.

The program offers two nurse practitioner concentrations. The family nurse practitioner (FNP) concentration requires 48 credits and 700 clinical hours for degree completion. The adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AGPCNP) requires 42 credits and 580 clinical hours for degree completion. You may decide in the final year of the program which concentration to complete. You will complete clinicals locally in your preferred setting.

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Lead New and Innovative Approaches to Care

With advanced clinical expertise in primary care settings, expanded experience and demonstrated clinical competence, you’ll be well-trained to establish yourself as a transformational leader in a high-growth field and having the ability to practice to your full scope of practice. 

You’ll be prepared to think critically and work collaboratively to promote quality and equitable care and improve health outcomes for clients, families and diverse communities. If you’re ready to guide new and innovative approaches to care, we can help you become a true difference-maker.

Graduates may also choose to explore nonclinical nursing roles in administration, education, government, public policy, or research.

Resolved and Ready

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the University is using guidance from local, state and federal public health officials to inform our decision making for the 2020-21 academic year. The Resolved and Ready website is the official source of information about Rider's plan and will be updated to reflect new information as it becomes available.

University reopening plans will not impact course offerings or start/end dates for the Master of Science in Nursing program as it is offered 100% online.

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