Online Nursing Programs from a Fully Accredited School
As a registered nurse (RN), having a college degree in nursing is increasingly a must if you want to move into leadership roles or position yourself for a promotion. In fact, the Institute of Medicine recommends that 80% of nurses hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing by 2020, and the American Nurses Association urges all RNs who graduate from an ADN or diploma program be required to obtain a “BSN in 10” – a Bachelor of Science in Nursing within 10 years of licensure. Earning a bachelor's or a master's degree in nursing through Sacred Heart's suite of online nursing degree programs is a convenient way to earn this in-demand degree from a respected, accredited institution while balancing the demands of your job.
RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) and RN-Master of Science in Nursing (RN-MSN)
The online RN to BSN program is designed to help RNs with a diploma or ADN develop their professional skills in health assessment, information technology, evidenced-based practice, and more. The curriculum also covers such topics as concepts of health care and wellness across cultures, clinical leadership development, and methods of measuring care outcomes.
If your nursing career ambitions compel you in earnest toward clinical nurse leadership, education, or management, combine your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in SHU's online RN to MSN program and save time and money. Depending upon your MSN specialization, this accelerated program requires you to take only eight or nine MSN classes instead of 12.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Sacred Heart University's online MSN is a rigorous program designed to meet the needs of the working career nurse seeking superior clinical, managerial, and educational skills. The program offers four specializations: Clinical Nurse Leader, Nursing Management & Executive Leadership, Nursing Education, and Family Nurse Practitioner.
Learn to provide family-focused primary care, including diagnoses and prescriptions, to patients of all ages. This specialization prepares students pass national certification examinations from the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Earn nursing’s top credential with Sacred Heart University. The online DNP program builds upon your masters-level training to prepare you for advanced practice, leadership, teaching or research. You will develop the scientific excellence in practice to influence healthcare outcomes on multiple levels.
CCNE Accredited Nursing School
All of SHU's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)1.
1Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.
Nursing Rankings & Recognitions
Sacred Heart University’s online nursing programs have been ranked through various, reputable organizations and associations. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Sacred Heart University among the top universities in the North region (2015), as well as among the institutions with the best online programs. SHU’s MSN program specifically has been ranked among the best online graduate nursing programs also by U.S. News & World Report. Furthermore, the MSN program has also been ranked among the Top 50 Best Value Online MSN Programs of 2015 by Value Colleges.
Student Experiences Abroad: Studies, Missions, Clinicals
Sacred Heart University’s College of Nursing offers all nursing students the opportunity to travel internationally through our Global Programs and make an impact on the world, whether it be to study abroad, provide mission work or to conduct clinical studies – which may count toward your required clinical hours for your nursing program! This program speaks to Sacred Heart’s mission of preparing individuals for professional excellence, while instilling in them a sense of social responsibility.
Clinical & Service work abroad may include performing the following tasks:
- Conducting clinics with an interdisciplinary team
- Working in local clinics
- Educating communities on preventive care
- Providing medication
- Performing surgeries
- Wound care
- Home care visits
While healthcare services are the primary purpose of these trips, local excursions are also part of the itinerary, providing for an educational and fun experience.
These global programs may vary in terms of locations, assignments, and dates. Recently visited international locations include Guatemala1, Haiti, Jamaica2, Ireland3, Luxembourg4 and Mexico.5 Find out about upcoming international opportunity trips by visiting this page. If you are interested, please consult with your faculty advisor to ensure it fits with your plan of study. To sign up, apply on the respective trip of interest page. Please note that space is limited and the trip needs to be coordinated with your faculty advisor. If you have any questions, you may contact Christina Gunther, Director of Global Programs and Assessment at firstname.lastname@example.org as well as Dr. Marlene Beck, Director of MSN program at email@example.com.
Be sure to participate in one of these rewarding experiences with Sacred Heart University!
* While all specializations are open to all MSN students, the FNP specialization involves a specialized set of courses, requires more courses not reflected on this program brochure, and has different admission requirements. Students interested in the FNP specialization can request detailed information by calling (877) 791-7181.
1Guatemala service trips are offered twice a year in order to provide healthcare and service work.
2Jamaica service trips are usually offered annually in the fall semester.
3Ireland offers study abroad courses each May.
4Luxembourg offers study abroad courses each May.
5Oaxaca, Mexico service trips are offered annually during spring break.
Learn more about the online nursing degree programs at Sacred Heart University: call us today at 877-791-7181 to speak to an admission team member, or request more information.