About OU's Master of Science in Nursing
At Ottawa University, you can earn an accelerated Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree online and gain the skills you need to improve the quality of patient care and your career options.
Ottawa’s innovative online MSN can help you fulfill personal and career goals and increase your overall earning potential. This accelerated program empowers graduates to become servant leaders in the nursing profession, improving health outcomes for individuals, families, groups, and communities in diverse population settings.
Unique RN-MSN Option
This accelerated, online program is designed for the Registered Nurse (RN) who has graduated from an accredited program. A current, unrestricted RN license obtained in the U.S. is required.
The program features:
- Personalized attention by expert faculty and staff to ensure you have the support you need to succeed.
- Patient-focused curriculum designed to assist graduates to function in today’s complex educational and/or healthcare systems.
- Highly qualified instructors with years of real-world experience.
Two MSN Concentrations
The Master of Science in Nursing at OU allows you customize your education with your choice of two nursing concentration tracks - Nurse Educator or Nurse Leader. Select one to tailor your degree to meet your specific career goals.
Nurse Educator: As advances in our healthcare system continue to improve and enhance the quality of life and life expectancy, there is a critical need to increase nurse educators in our industry that can prepare nurses at all levels to meet the provision of nursing services that the population will require. This concentration track will provide you wit the tools necessary to step into the classroom and produce future leaders in healthcare.
Nurse Leader: The demand for well-trained nurse leaders is projected for continued rapid growth as the industry seeks professionals who have what it takes to make decisions at higher levels of health care leadership. This concentration track will provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to pursue management and executive-level positions, whereby they can help set standards for the quality of care in health-care organizations of all sizes.
Nursing Career Outlook
With the projected shortage of RNs in concert with the aging population, the demand for well-trained nurse educators and leaders is projected to continue to experience rapid growth. The need to add more opportunities for nurses to obtain their master's degree presents an opportunity to actively address the forecasted nursing shortage.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary of a nurse educator is $77,360, and employment in the field is projected to grow 24% between 2016 and 2026. Likewise, the average annual salary of a nurse leader is $90,140 as of August 2020, but the salary range typically falls between $82,022 and $102,848. Salary ranges for those who have a career in nursing can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills and years of experience.
In general, RNs are expected to see job growth of 16% through 2026, which is a much faster average than for all other occupations. If you are considering a career in nursing, then you should know that approximately 438,100 new registered nursing jobs will be created by 2026 with many of them being nurse educators or leaders.
Ottawa’s Master of Science in Nursing degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the leading accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate degree nursing programs in the United States. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. Program accreditation was effective in March 2019 and extends through December 2024.
Nursing in Perspective
The U.S. faces dramatic challenges in health care, but our country also has a powerful solution – its 4 million registered nurses. Nurses are by far the largest sector of the health profession, and also the profession the public most trusts year after year. They are on the front lines of care and prevention, at the bedside and in the community, and are key to improving health equity and creating communities in which everyone has access to high-quality care. If our nation’s health-care system is destined to undergo real, transformative change to meet the rapidly growing demands of our population, then nurses are the key. – The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action
Why Choose Ottawa?
The courses in Ottawa University's Master of Science in Nursing program are 100% online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.
For curriculum and course descriptions, please download a program overview.
Now is the time to open the door to future career opportunities with an accelerated, online Master of Science in Nursing degree!
To learn more about Ottawa University's Master of Science in Nursing degree, contact us today.