MSN Program

Broaden your career options with online master's in nursing programs

You’re a registered nurse with a financially rewarding and personally fulfilling career, but you’re still looking for more. Earning your M.S. in Nursing (MSN) is your gateway to more career opportunities - advanced practice, administration or even teaching. While the average salary for an MSN varies with specialization and work environment, the demand for advanced practice nurses remains high as a result of the aging population and a greater focus on preventative care. 

Finish Faster

Earn your MSN quickly with our accelerated programs.

Accredited

The master's degree program in nursing at Franklin University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Online Coursework

Balance earning your degree with being an RN.

Contemporary MSN

Get the most current insight and elevate your nursing practice.

Available MSN Tracks

Designed to meet the demands of busy registered nurses, Franklin’s M.S. in Nursing (MSN) tracks enable you to gain the relevant knowledge to advance your career in a flexible, online format that works with your schedule. 

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN-AGPCNP)

Assume a leadership role in patient care with the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - AGPCNP that lets you specialize in the well-being of adolescents and older adults.

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Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)

Manage the care of individuals and families within a primary care setting. Franklin’s 27-month M.S. in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) track blends online coursework with on-site clinicals to equip you to sit for certification exams.

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Generalist (MSN-Generalist)

Excel in a variety of healthcare or education settings with Franklin’s M.S. in Nursing - Generalist (MSN) track. The MSN-Generalist prepares you for leadership roles, advanced practice or nursing education. Complete your degree in as few as 18 months.
 

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Nurse Administrator (MSN-ADM)

Lead strategic change and manage teams with Franklin’s M.S. in Nursing-Nurse Administrator track (MSN-ADM). The MSN-ADM prepares you for leadership roles or nursing education. Complete your degree in as few as 16 months.

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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN-PMHNP)

Take a wellness-based and holistic approach to mental healthcare while also providing integrated care for mental illness in primary care settings with the MSN-PMHNP. 

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RN to MSN Pathway

Build on your associate degree or nursing diploma with a 12-week bridge course as your pathway into the M.S. in Nursing (MSN) program. Acceptance in the MSN requires a final grade of B or better in the course.  
 

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Find Your Nursing Program

Advance your education, impact and future with an affordable, online nursing degree from Franklin University. Our nursing programs are created by real working nurses and nurse educators who value the same thing you do: delivering excellence in the nursing profession.

Whether you want to help people at all stages of life, advance the practice of nursing, or train and lead the next generation of nurse professionals, we have a nursing program that’s right for you. 

Program Minimum Credentials
RN to MSN Pathway ADN/Diploma + RN

What is it and how do I get started? 
This degree pathway is for registered nurses (RNs) who have earned an associate degree in nursing or nursing diploma and want to earn an M.S. in Nursing (MSN) degree.

What will I learn?
This program covers advanced nursing theory, practice and research with an emphasis on administration, education and informatics.

Is there a clinical/capstone or practicum?
Yes. While the bridge course does not have clinical hours, the MSN does. The number of required clinical hours for the MSN depends on which track you choose when customizing your degree.

How quickly can I complete this nursing program?
In just 12 weeks you’ll complete an online bridge course as a gateway to the MSN program. The time to complete the MSN degree program depends on which track you choose to follow once you start the program.

MSN RN + BSN

What is it and how do I get started? 
The MSN (M.S. in Nursing) program is for registered nurses (RNs) who have earned a B.S. in Nursing (BSN) degree. Nurses who hold an associate degree or nursing diploma may qualify for the RN to MSN pathway.

What will I learn?
This program covers advanced nursing theory, practice and research with an emphasis on administration, education and informatics.

Is there a clinical/capstone or practicum?
Yes. The number of clinical hours depends on which track you choose.

How quickly can I complete this nursing program?
Depending on the track you select, you can finish in 16-28 months. Talk with an academic advisor to learn more.

MSN-AGPCNP RN + BSN

What is it and how do I get started?
The M.S. in Nursing-Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN-AGPCNP) is a master’s degree track for RNs who want to specialize in primary care for adults age 13 and older. RNs with a B.S. in Nursing (BSN) can enroll directly in the MSN-AGPCNP program. RNs without a BSN, can take advantage of the streamlined RN-MSN admissions pathway and qualify for the MSN program after successfully completing one 12-week bridge course.

What will I learn?
Advanced nursing theory, practice and research with an emphasis on primary care for adults from adolescence through end of life.

Is there a clinical/capstone or practicum?
Yes. 600 hours, which you will complete on-site in a clinical setting over four semesters (150 hours per term).  

How quickly can I complete this nursing program?
27 months
 

MSN-FNP RN + BSN

What is it and how do I get started?
The M.S. in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) is a master’s degree track for RNs who want to specialize in primary care for adults at all stages of life. RNs with a B.S. in Nursing (BSN) can enroll directly in the MSN-FNP program. RNs without a BSN, can take advantage of the streamlined RN-MSN admissions pathway and qualify for the MSN program after successfully completing one 12-week bridge course.
 
What will I learn?
Advanced nursing theory, practice and research with an emphasis on primary care.

Is there a clinical/capstone or practicum?
Yes. 600 hours, which you will complete on-site in a clinical setting over four semesters (150 hours per term).  

How quickly can I complete this nursing program?
27 months

MSN-PMHNP RN + BSN

What is it and how do I get started?
The M.S. in Nursing-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN-PMHNP) is a master’s degree track for RNs who want to specialize in diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues. RNs with a B.S. in Nursing (BSN) can enroll directly in the MSN-PMHNP program. RNs without a BSN, can take advantage of the streamlined RN-MSN admissions pathway and qualify for the MSN program after successfully completing one 12-week bridge course.

What will I learn?
A holistic approach to diagnose acute, episodic and chronic mental health illnesses and provide treatment options that include medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. 

Is there a clinical/capstone or practicum?
Yes. 600 hours, which you will complete on-site in a clinical setting over four semesters (150 hours per term).  

How quickly can I complete this nursing program?
28 months