2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for RN to MSN Programs

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These 17 schools offer the most affordable online RN to MSN degree programs. With annual tuitions under $24,000, these schools are excellent choices for RNs looking to build upon existing knowledge through the pursuit of a master's level degree. Our top-ranked school, Western Governors University offers three RN to MSN tracks with options to specialize in education, leadership and management, or nursing informatics. Annual tuition at Western Governors University is $6,500. Students looking for an RN to MSN program with a public health focus will find one at ninth-ranked University of North Carolina at Charlotte for $15,460 per year.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2016 rankings of the most affordable online nursing degrees. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $6,500
#2 #2 Wilson College Annual Tuition $8,500
#3 #3 Aspen University Annual Tuition $9,263
#4 #4 University of South Alabama Annual Tuition $11,487
#5 #5 MidAmerica Nazarene University Annual Tuition $11,654
#6 #6 Western Kentucky University Annual Tuition $12,019
#7 #7 Tennessee State University Annual Tuition $13,644
#8 #8 West Texas A & M University Annual Tuition $12,721
#9 #9 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Annual Tuition $15,460
#10 #10 Roberts Wesleyan College Annual Tuition $15,599
#11 #11 Nebraska Methodist College Annual Tuition $15,818
#12 #12 University of Memphis Annual Tuition $15,930
#13 #13 Gonzaga University Annual Tuition $16,575
#14 #14 Austin Peay State University Annual Tuition $19,552
#15 #15 Drexel University Annual Tuition $22,825
#16 #16 Florida National University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $23,400
#17 #17 Jacksonville University Annual Tuition $23,975
  • Annual Tuition: $6,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Information Management and the Application of Technology; Care of the Older Adult; Comprehensive Health Assessment for Patients and Populations; Contemporary Pharmacotherapeutics; Pathopharmacological Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $8,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Example Classes:
    Community and Health Promotion; Health Promotion for Health Professionals; Healthcare Ethics; Healthcare Informatics; Intro to Statistics

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,263
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Diverse Populations & Health Care; Health Care Finance and Economics; Health Care Strategic Management and Planning; Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing; Modern Organizations and Health Care
  • Annual Tuition: $11,487
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes:
    Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care; Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Neonatal and AC Pediatric NP; Nursing in Community Systems; Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing; Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,654
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health Assessment; Fundamentals of Epidemiology; Holistic Nursing; Nursing Theories and Concepts; Quality & Safety in Nursing

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,019
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Pathophysiological Concepts; Biostatistics; Human Resource Management Support Course; Leadership in Clinical Practice; Politics and Health Policy in Nursing

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,644
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Community Health Nursing; Healthcare Research; Nursing Leadership & Management; Trends & Issues in Nursing and Healthcare
  • Annual Tuition: $12,721
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Bioethics and Advocacy; Holistic Nursing; Nurse Coaching; Nursing Populations and Settings; Pharmacotherapeutics

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,460
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Aging and Health; Design and Coordination of Care; Health Disparities; Introduction to Biostatistics; Research in Nursing and Health Care
  • Annual Tuition: $15,599
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Application of the Nursing Process; Health Care Policy Ethics & Law; Informatics in Nursing; Research and Statistical Methods; Theoretical Perspectives of Nursing Practice

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,818
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 33%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Nursing Roles & Phenomena; Collaborative Nursing Leadership in a Global Society; Community Health Nursing; Critical Appraisal of Knowledge for Practice; Synthesis and Use of Knowledge for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $15,930
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Example Classes:
    FNP II - Adult Health; FNP III - Pediatrics; Nursing Education Practicum; Scholarly Synthesis/Research

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,575
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes:
    Clinical Prevention for Diverse Populations; Community Health Practicum; Contemporary Healthcare Environment; Evidence Based Practice for Quality and Safety; Nursing Research
  • Annual Tuition: $19,552
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pediatric Nursing; Healthcare Policy; Nursing Leadership & Management; Trends & Issues in Nursing and Healthcare
  • Annual Tuition: $22,825
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Current Topics in Clinical Trials; Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practices; Nurse Educator and Faculty Role Practicum; Quality and Safety in Healthcare; Research Methods and Biostatistics

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  • Annual Tuition: $23,400
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Primary Care of Family I; Crisis Intervention; Instructional Technology; Nursing Leadership and Management; Organizational Dynamics
  • Annual Tuition: $23,975
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 47%
  • Example Classes:
    Community Focused Professional Nursing; Financial Management of Nursing; Law, Ethics, and Public Issues in Healthcare Informatics; Nursing Theory and Research I; Organization, Delivery and Policy in Healthcare
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