North Carolina RN to MSN / Masters in Nursing Programs
(found programs from 10 schools)

State Nursing Board: North Carolina Board of Nursing

State Nurses Association: North Carolina Nurses Association


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According to the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM, 2012), about 60 percent of RNs in the state have ADNs. While that isn't a problem with regard to day-to-day nursing practice, it can be a problem for those who want to enter an MSN specialty such as advanced practice, leadership, or education.

Healthcare reform measures are creating an increased demand for advanced practice nurses, particularly those who can provide primary care services. Nurse practitioners are currently the largest advanced practice specialty in the state, and more are needed, especially in rural areas. About half of the counties in North Carolina have a persistent shortage of health professionals (HRSA, 2012). This lack is likely to be felt especially with regard to obstetrics, as the number of physicians performing deliveries appears to be declining. Certified nurse midwives (CNMs) can help fill this void, and currently over half of the women using CNM services live in rural areas, according to NCIOM.

Many MSN programs in the state such as UNC Chapel Hill are putting into place fast-track or accelerated programs to help get ADN-prepared nurses into the workforce as advanced practice nurses, administrators, and educators.For more information, check out the North Carolina Board of Nursing, North Carolina Nurses Association, and the Metrolina Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.

Programs to consider:

Duke University (Durham, NC). Duke offers several advanced practice specialties, and among the non-clinical programs is a concentration in informatics.

Winston-Salem State University (Winston-Salem, NC). WSSU offers both full-time and part-time programs in advanced practice specialties and education.

Programs from North Carolina Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited MSN programs with campus locations in North Carolina.

Duke University (Durham, NC)
Program Name: Adult Cardiovascular Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Critical Care (NP or CNS), Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Research Management, Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontology (NP or CNS), Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing and Health Care Leadership, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, Oncology (NP or CNS), Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
East Carolina University (Greenville, NC)
Program Name: Adult Nurse Practitioner (online), Clinical Nurse Specialist (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online), Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Midwifery (online), Nursing Education (online), Nursing Leadership (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited, NLNAC accredited
Gardner-Webb University (Boiling Springs, NC)
Program Name: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
Program Name: Administration, Adult Nurse Practitioner (including ANP/Oncology option), Clinical Nurse Leader, Clinical Nurse Leader/Nurse Educator, Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, Informatics, Outcome Management, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner primary care, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP - Family
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner (with School Nurse Option), Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator, Systems/Population Nursing (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Greensboro, NC)
Program Name: Adult CNS, Adult/Gerontological NP, MSN/MBA, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing Administration, Nursing Case Management, Nursing Education, Nursing Gerontology
Accreditation: CCNE accredited, NLNAC accredited
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Wilmington, NC)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited, NLNAC accredited
Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administrator (online), Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Winston-Salem State University (Winston-Salem, NC)
Program Name: Advanced Nurse Educator Track, Family Nurse Practitioner Track
Accreditation: CCNE accredited

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