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  • Celebrating 10 years of nursing student success.

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    We proudly celebrate 10 years of nursing student success, fueled by innovative online education. We’ve helped thousands of nurses advance their careers. From our Bachelor of Science in Nursing debut, to our Master of Science in Nursing expansion, to our recent Doctor of Nursing Practice, each flexible program is taught by experienced practitioners, updated to meet employer needs, and designed for working nurses who must also manage jobs and families. Join us in celebrating a decade of success and innovation for the future. 

    See the latest pinning ceremony video, read student stories, and more at our 10 year anniversary hub.

    We’ll be with you through every step of your nursing career.

    It takes an exceptional individual to be a nurse. It also takes a dedicated educational institution to stand beside you throughout your career. Whether you are already a nurse or have just made the decision to become one, Kaplan University has the people, programs, and professional affiliations to help you pursue your educational and career goals.

    Modern nursing is constantly advancing through new technology, treatments, and research. And, we know that keeping your knowledge and skills current is the best way to stay at the forefront of the industry. Additionally, we understand that nursing offers a diverse range of areas to pursue career opportunities, including patient care, administration, and teaching, and that your journey may take you in many different directions.

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    Doctorate Degrees

    Doctor of Nursing Practice

    Kaplan University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to thrive in today’s rapidly changing health care environment. This degree could open the door to new opportunities for clinical and leadership positions in a variety of roles. Students can also enhance their current practice expertise by choosing an executive leader, family nurse practitioner, or adult-gerontology nurse practitioner specialization.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 50 or 69

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    Master's Degrees

    Master of Science in Nursing

    Our online program allows you to continue working while you study at your convenience, day or night, from virtually anywhere you have access to the Internet. The Master of Science in Nursing program offers a balanced core curriculum and specialized courses in organizational theory, health care finance, human resources, and information and health care technologies.

    Learning Method: Online 

    Total Degree Credits: 65, 90, or 100 credits

    Time to Complete: 2 years (full-time), NP specializations will be longer

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    Master of Science in Nursing—DNP Path

    Kaplan University's Master of Science in Nursing—DNP Path allows you to study online and earn the credentials to pursue career advancement in administrative or advanced practice roles.* If you possess a bachelor’s degree and apply to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, you must enroll in this program. Successful completion of the Master of Science in Nursing—DNP Path is required to move on to the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

    Learning Method: Online 

    Total Degree Credits: 65, 90, or 100 credits

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    RN-to-Master of Science in Nursing Option

    If you are an RN and your career goals require earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing AND a Master of Science in Nursing, consider the RN-to-Master of Science in Nursing option. A combination of undergraduate and more advanced graduate-level courses, the RN-to-Master of Science in Nursing option is a convenient route to earning a master’s degree in nursing.

    The RN-to-Master of Science in Nursing option offers associate’s-, diploma-, or certificate-level nurses and nurses with a bachelor’s degree in another field the opportunity to satisfy specific core requirements for Kaplan University’s Master of Science in Nursing program while completing their bachelor’s degree in nursing. 

    Learning Method: Online 

    Total Degree Credits: 90 credits for BSN; 50 credits for MSN, Total number of credits varies depending on prior credit and choice of specialization.

    Time to Complete: BSN: as little as 18 months; MSN: an additional 18 months

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    Bachelor's Degrees

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing—RN-to-BSN

    Our RN-to-BSN completion program gives you the convenience and flexibility to earn your bachelor's degree online from an accredited institution. This program features a strong focus on professional leadership with courses in management, informatics, research, emerging trends in health care therapies, health assessment, and community nursing. Courses also emphasize health promotion, community health, health care information, professional ethics, diversity, and health care management.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 90 or 130 credits (Note: An additional 90 credits are required from your requisite associate's degree in nursing; an additional 50 credits are required from your diploma/certificate in nursing)

    Time to Complete: Complete your degree in as little as 18 months of full-time study

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    Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    The Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is designed to support the learner through the organization and integration of content, skills, and procedures, along with a dynamic curriculum designed to increase student knowledge and competence and provide the foundation for progressively higher levels of nursing practice.

    Learning Method: Onsite (Augusta, Maine location)

    Total Degree Credits: 182

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    Associate's Degrees

    Associate of Science in Nursing

    The Associate of Science in Nursing program is designed for those with no prior nursing education as well as those who have a nursing background and would like to expand their educational horizons. The program blends the flexibility of online coursework with real-life learning experiences at clinical practicum sites and participation in nursing skills labs.

    Learning Method: Campus (blend of online and onsite instruction) 

    Total Degree Credits: 110 credits

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    Certificates

    Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate

    Consider earning a post-master’s Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate online at Kaplan University. Our program is designed to help professional nurses like you promote holistic health care to the adult population, and diagnose and manage their acute and chronic health problems. Prepare to serve as an advocate for clients as they interface with the health care system.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 55 credits

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    Executive Leader Graduate Certificate

    Do you want to pursue a more responsible, rewarding position in health care? Consider earning your Executive Leader Graduate Certificate online at Kaplan University. The Executive Leader Graduate Certificate is designed to help professional nurses like you pursue managerial positions and leadership roles in hospitals, community health, long-term care facilities, and other health care systems.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 30 credits

    Time to Complete: Complete your certificate in approximately 7 months

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    Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

    Prepare for exciting new opportunities in a variety of health care settings. Consider earning a post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate online at Kaplan University. Our program is designed to help professional nurses like you promote holistic health care to adults and children in a family context, and diagnose and manage their acute and chronic health problems. Prepare to serve as an advocate for clients as they interface with the health care system.  

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 65 credits

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    Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate

    If you have a master’s degree in nursing, this certificate program offers you the opportunity to complete five courses focused on nursing education. Prepare to pursue teaching positions in schools of nursing and continuing education, staff development, clinical education, and patient and community education programs.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 30 credits

    Time to Complete: Complete your certificate in approximately 7 months

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    Diplomas

    Practical Nursing Diploma

    Through group discussions, lectures, and hands-on laboratory training, you'll have a chance to develop the skills that could help you make a difference in patients' lives. Combining classroom learning with training in laboratory and clinical settings, our nursing program is designed to prepare you to deliver care to patients under the supervision of a physician or registered nurse. Instruction includes helping you develop professionalism, effective communication, and competence in the application of clinical skills.

    Learning Method: Campus

    Total Degree Credits: 84

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