Frontier Nursing University, George Washington University and MCPHS University are three schools offering associate degree in nursing, or ADN, to Master of Science in Nursing, or MSN, programs. These are bridge programs designed to prepare graduates to become nurse practitioners without needing to earn a bachelor's degree, although some schools do confer one in the process. A valid nursing license is a typical admission requirement, and graduates need to take a certification exam to become a nurse practitioner.
Frontier Nursing University is located in Hyden, Kentucky, and it offers its part-time ADN to MSN program online, except for an in-person orientation and three other campus visits required. Students take a year of coursework before starting the actual MSN degree. Along with coursework is a clinical practicum where students live. Upon finishing, graduates can pursue certification as a family nurse practitioner, notes Frontier Nursing University. There's also an option to pursue a doctorate through the school.
The George Washington University, located in Washington D.C., offers a program that results in both bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing and leads to a career as a family nurse practitioner. This is a hybrid program with both online and on-campus classes, and it also requires 700 hours of clinical training at another site and approximately 3 years to complete.
MCPHS University, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is a mostly online ASN to MSN program that prepares graduates to work as family nurse practitioners. The offline requirements are in-person orientation sessions and residencies at the school's campus, and a practicum and clinical rotation done in the student's community.