Graduate Nursing Degree Programs

MSN degreeWhat Is a Graduate Nursing Degree?

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is a master's level degree that allows nursing students who already have obtained a BSN or ABSN to advance  their career in a specified area.

GMercyU offers Master of Science in Nursing (MSN-NP) degree programs that prepare you with the advanced knowledge, skills, and clinical experience needed to provide patients with exceptional primary care as a nurse practitioner.

If you already hold a MSN degree and want to become a nurse practitioner, our Advanced Practice Nurse Certificate option will help you achieve your goals. For those with a bachelor's degree in another field, you can launch your career as a nurse leader with our Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing (DEMSN). Our Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP) is for those who want to take their career to the next level.

Online Graduate Nursing Degree Programs  

Master of Science in Nursing Program - Nurse Practitioner
When you’re looking to serve as a primary care provider, GMercyU’s online MSN-Nurse Practitioner program prepares you for the responsibilities of primary care. You’ll expand your healthcare knowledge and clinical practice skills and emerge from the program equipped to be the health practitioner and advocate that your patients need. Choose from the three specialty tracks below: 

Post-Graduate Advanced Practice Nurse Certificate Option 
If you already hold a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) and want to serve as a primary care provider, this online graduate Nurse Practitioner certificate option will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need.   

Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing (DEMSN)
This full-time, 20-month, 72-credit prelicensure degree program is for career changers who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field, designed to help you make the transition to nursing with an advanced foundation of knowledge and skills.

Doctor of Nursing Practice 
This online nursing program is for nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, or certified nurse midwives who want to advance their careers at the doctoral level.

Become a Nurse Practitioner at GMercyU

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Americans make more than 1.06 billion visits to NPs annually. Today’s growing need for highly skilled nurse practitioners makes this an ideal time to earn your degree from one the region’s top MSN schools.

For more than 60 years, Gwynedd Mercy University’s Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions has been a regional leader in advanced practice nursing education. We've earned our reputation as one of the best nurse practitioner schools in PA, thanks to our small classes, varied clinical opportunities, and personalized approach to your clinical experience to help you achieve your advanced nursing career goals. The faculty members we select bring clinical expertise, academic rigor, and a passion for the nurse practitioner profession.

The #1 Job in America
Nurse practitioners rank as the #1 job in U.S. News & World Report's Best 100 Jobs list for 2024. And, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, they share the #1 ranking for fastest-growing occupation in the country with an expected job growth rate of 45% through 2032 — 15x the national average. 


Nurse Practitioner Salary Estimates*

$121,610 — 2022 median pay, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics

$113,000 — 2021 median base salary for full-time NPs, per the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

*Please note that salary estimates are based on source data. Actual salaries may vary widely depending upon your location, the employer, and your experience, and certification.

Where Our Graduate Nursing Degrees Can Take You

With a MSN degree or DNP, degree you can do more for patients. With a degree from one of the best MSN schools in PA, you can also open doors to nursing career opportunities that offer the following:

  • Increased responsibility and autonomy as a practitioner and nursing leader
  • The potential for a more balanced working life, thanks to regular office hours instead of shift work
  • The opportunity to earn more, depending on your career path and local job market


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