Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Programs / Certifications

Advanced practice nursing certification (APRN) education forms the basis of four recognized general areas of specialization: nurse anesthetists (CRNA), nurse midwives (CNM), clinical nurse specialist, and nurse practitioners (NPs). In the past, many states allowed RNs to earn certification CRNAs, NPs, CNMs without earning a master’s degree. These requirements have generally changed, and some schools offer programs that allow these certified nurses to earn their master’s degrees while earning credit for their past education and work experience. More and more states and employers now require master’s degrees to allow these certified non-master’s nurses to practice.

APRNs demonstrate effective integration of theory, practice and experiences along with increasing degrees of autonomy in judgments and interventions. Intensive post-graduate education is designed to teach an APRN to use multiple approaches to decision making, manage the care of individuals and groups, engage in collaborative practices with the patient or client to achieve best outcomes, provide a supportive environment for colleagues, manage the utilization of staff and physical resources, engage in ethically justifiable nursing practice, protect the rights of individuals and groups, engage in activities to improve nursing practice, develop therapeutic and caring relationships; fulfill the conduct requirements of the profession, act to enhance the professional development of self, and function in accordance with legislation and common law affecting nursing practice.

Nursing Schools around the country that offer similar programs.

Alabama Nursing Schools

  • The University of Alabama in Huntsville
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN
      • ADN to BSN
      • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
      • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (MSN)
      • Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
      • Leadership in Health Care Systems (MSN)
      • RN to MSN
      • DNP
      • Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • University of South Alabama
    • Programs Offered

      • Traditional Four Year Pre-licensure Track
      • Accelerated BSN/MSN Track
      • RN to BSN Track for Associate Degree/Diploma Prepared RNs
      • MSN - Nurse Practitioner Programs
      • MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader
      • MSN - Clinical Nurse Specialist
      • MSN - Executive Nursing Administration
      • MSN - Nursing Informatics
      • RN to BSN/MSN
      • RN to MSN
      • Post Master's Certification
      • DNP

      Accreditation

      CCNE

Arkansas Nursing Schools

  • Arkansas State University
    • Programs Offered

      • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
      • Accelerated Second Degree Program
      • LPN-BSN Option
      • RN-BSN Option
      • MSN

      Accreditation

      NLNAC

California Nursing Schools

  • Loma Linda University
    • Programs Offered

      • Traditional BS Track
      • BA/BS to BS Track
      • LVN to BS Track
      • RN to BS Track
      • Nurse Practitioner (MS)
      • Clinical Nurse Specialist (MS)
      • Nurse Anesthetist (MS)
      • Nurse Educator (MS)
      • Post MS Certificates
      • PhD
      • DNP

      Accreditation

      CCNE

Colorado Nursing Schools

  • University of Northern Colorado
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN - Traditional Degree
      • BSN - Second Degree
      • RN to BSN Degree
      • Master of Science: Nursing FNP Emphasis
      • Master of Science: Clinical Nurse Leader Emphasis
      • Post-Master's Certificates
      • PH.D. in Nursing
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice

      Accreditation

      CCNE

Connecticut Nursing Schools

  • Yale University
    • Programs Offered

      • Master's in Nursing
      • Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing
      • Post Master's Certificates
      • PhD Program
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice
      • Post-Doctoral Program
      • Joint Degree in Nursing and Public Health
      • Joint Degree in Nursing and Divinity

      Accreditation

      CCNE & NLNAC

Delaware Nursing Schools

  • University of Delaware
    • Programs Offered

      • Traditional Undergraduate Degree
      • Accelerated Nursing Degree
      • RN to BSN
      • RN to MSN
      • Clinical Nurse Specialists (MSN)
      • Health Services Administration Degree (HSAD)
      • CNS Post Master's Certificate
      • Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
      • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
      • ANP & PNP Post Master's Certificate
      • PhD in Nursing Science

      Accreditation

      CCNE

Georgia Nursing Schools

  • Emory University
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN
      • ABSN/MSN
      • BSN Second Degree
      • MSN
      • MSN-MA
      • MSN-MPH
      • Post Master's Certification
      • PhD

      Accreditation

      CCNE

Hawaii Nursing Schools

  • Hawaii Pacific University
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN
      • Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
      • Community Clinical Nurse Specialist (MSN)
      • Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
      • Post-Master's Nurse Educator Certificate

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
    • Programs Offered

      • High School Direct Admission BSN
      • RN to Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing
      • Master's Entry Program in Nursing
      • Master of Science in Nursing
      • RN to MS
      • Post-Master's Certificates
      • DNP
      • PhD in Nursing

      Accreditation

      CCNE

Illinois Nursing Schools

  • Lewis University
    • Programs Offered

      • Nursing, BSN
      • Bachelor's to BSN
      • RN/BSN Degree Completion
      • MSN
      • RN to MSN
      • Dual MSN/MBA Program
      • DNP
      • Post-Masters Nursing Certificates

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • Loyola University Chicago
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN
      • ABSN
      • RN-to-BSN
      • MSN w/ Specialty Tracks
      • RN-to-MSN
      • MSN/MBA
      • DNP
      • PhD
      • Certificate Programs

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • Rush University
    • Programs Offered

      • Direct Entry Master's (MSN) for Non-Nurses
      • MSN for RNs: Clinical Nurse Leader
      • DNP (Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthesia Options)
      • DNP (Clinical Nurse Specialist and Advanced Public Health Nursing Options)
      • Master's - PhD in Nursing Science
      • BSN-PhD in Nursing Science
      • Post-Graduate Certificate Options

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Programs Offered

      • Traditional BSN
      • RN-BSN Completion
      • MS Transition
      • Nurse Practitioner (MS)
      • Clinical Nurse Specialist (MS)
      • Leadership (MS)
      • Postmaster's Certificates
      • DNP
      • PhD
      • Nursing MS/MBA
      • Nursing MS/MPH

      Accreditation

      CCNE

Indiana Nursing Schools

  • University of Indianapolis
    • Programs Offered

      • ASN
      • BSN
      • RN to BSN
      • Accelerated Master's Program
      • Master of Science in Nursing
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice
      • Nurse Management Certificate
      • Clinical Educator Certificate

      Accreditation

      CCNE & NLNAC

Kentucky Nursing School

  • Murray State University
    • Programs Offered

      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
      • RN to BSN
      • Academic Nurse Educator (MSN)
      • Clinical Nurse Specialist (MSN)
      • Nurse Anesthesia (MSN)
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice

      Accreditation

      CCNE

Maryland Nursing Schools

  • Johns Hopkins University
    • Programs Offered

      • Accelerated Program (BSN)
      • Accelerated BS to MSN
      • BS to MSN
      • Master of Science in Nursing Programs
      • MSN/MBA
      • MSN/MPH
      • MSN-NP/MPH
      • MSN to PhD
      • DNP
      • PhD
      • Post-Doctoral Program
      • Post-Master's Certificate Programs
      • Post-Bachelor's Certificate Programs

      Accreditation

      CCNE

Massachusetts Nursing Schools

  • Regis College
    • Programs Offered

      • ASN
      • BSN
      • Part-time BSN for Non-Nurse College Graduates
      • Accelerated Nurse Practitioner B.S./M.S. in Nursing for Non-Nurse College Graduates
      • Adult Acute Critical Care Clinical Specialist
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice
      • R.N. to B.S. to M.S.
      • RN to MS in Nursing
      • Post Master's Nurse Practitioner Certificate
      • Post Master's Nursing Education Certificate
      • Certificate in Nursing Leadership

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • University of Massachusetts Boston
    • Programs Offered

      • Accelerated, BS
      • Traditional, BS
      • RN-BS (Online)
      • MS
      • MS-DNP (Online)
      • PhD
      • Clinical Nurse Specialist, Post Master's Certificate
      • Nurse Educator, Graduate Certificate
      • Nurse Practitioner, Post Master's Certificate

      Accreditation

      CCNE

Michigan Nursing Schools

  • Eastern Michigan University
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN Traditional Program
      • BSN Accelerated 2nd Degree Program
      • RN/BSN Completion Program
      • Graduate Certificates
      • MSN Adult Health & Concentration
      • MSN Adult Health, Clinical Nurse Specialist
      • MSN Adult Health, Clinical Nurse Specialist & Concentration
      • PhD in Education Studies - Nursing Education Concentration

      Accreditation

      CCNE

Minnesota Nursing Schools

  • Winona State University
    • Programs Offered

      • Generic BS
      • RN to BS Completion Program
      • Master of Science (MS)
      • Graduate Certificate (GC)
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice

      Accreditation

      CCNE

New York Nursing Schools

  • Stony Brook University
    • Programs Offered

      • Basic Baccalaureate
      • Accelerated Baccalaureate
      • RN Baccalaureate
      • RN Baccalaureate to Master's
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice
      • Master of Science Nursing Education
      • Nurse Practitioner
      • Nurse Midwifery
      • Advanced Certificate in Nursing Education
       

      Accreditation

      CCNE

Ohio Nursing Schools

  • Kent State Universtiy
    • Programs Offered

      Associate Degree in Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated or Second Degree BSN Online RN to BSN MSN - Clinical Nurse Specialist Post-Master's Certificates - Clinical Nurse Specialist Post-Master's Certificates - Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate - Nurse Educator DNP  

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • University of Akron
    • Programs Offered

      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
      • Second-degree BSN (Accelerated BSN)
      • For LPNs: Bachelor's of Science in Nursing
      • For RNs: Bachelor's of Science in Nursing
      • MSN - Clinical Nurse Specialist
      • MSN - Nurse Practitioner
      • MSN - Nurse Anesthetist
      • MSN - Nursing Administration
      • Master's Degree in Public Health
      • DNP
      • Nursing PhD
       

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • Wright State University
    • Programs Offered

      • Traditional Four-Year BSN
      • Adena BSN Program
      • RN-BSN Completion Program
      • BEACON (Second Degree)
      • MSN
      • DNP
       

      Accreditation

      CCNE

Oregon Nursing Schools

  • University of Portland
    • Programs Offered

      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
      • MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Master's Program
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Family Nurse Practitioner
      • MSN-Nurse Educator

      Accreditation

      CCNE

Pennsylvania Nursing Schools

  • La Salle University
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN
      • Accelerated RN to BSN
      • RN-BSN to MSN
      • RN to MSN Bridge
      • ACHIEVE Program
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice
      • Master of Science in Nursing
      • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program
      • Post-Master's Certificate Program
      • MSN/MPH

      Accreditation

      CCNE

Rhode Island Nursing Schools

  • University of Rhode Island
    • Programs Offered

      • Bachelor of Science (Traditional)
      • Bachelor of Science (RN to BSN)
      • Master of Science
      • Doctor of Philosophy
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice
      • Post-Masters Certificate

      Accreditation

      CCNE

South Dakota Nursing Schools

  • South Dakota State University
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN Standard Option
      • BSN Accelerated Option
      • RN to BSN
      • RN to MSN
      • RN to DNP
      • MSN - CNL
      • MSN - Nurse Educator
      • DNP - FNP
      • DNP
      • PhD in Nursing

      Accreditation

      CCNE

Texas Nursing Schools

  • Baylor University
    • Programs Offered

      • Traditional Track
      • FastBacc Track
      • Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
      • Master of Science in Nursing - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice
      • BSN-DNP in Nurse Midwifery
       

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • Texas Christian University
    • Programs Offered

      • Traditional BSN Track
      • Accelerated BSN Track
      • BSN-MSN
      • DNP

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
    • Programs Offered

      • Traditional BSN Program
      • Second Degree BSN
      • RN to BSN Web Based Program
      • Doctorate of Nursing Practice
      • Master of Science in Nursing
      • Post-Master's Certificate

      Accreditation

      CCNE

Virginia Nursing Schools

  • James Madison University
    • Programs Offered

      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
      • RN to BSN Completion Program
      • Master of Science in Nursing
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice

      Accreditation

      CCNE