Online Nursing Degrees at Northern Illinois University

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16:1Student-to-Faculty Ratio


250,000Alumni Worldwide

Flexible Nursing Programs With 100% Online Courses

Continue your nursing education in a flexible format with Northern Illinois University. We offer online programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels, preparing you to thrive in nurse leadership or advanced practice.

You can study full or part time — select the schedule that helps you succeed in your classes and career. Additionally, our online programs have received impressive rankings from U.S. News & World Report and accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

NIU provides direct paths to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees. Each program offers small class sizes and guidance from experienced faculty, giving you the knowledge and skills to reach your potential as a nursing professional.

  • Named one of the top three universities in Illinois in 20211.
  • Recognized as one of Illinois’ top 10 accredited nursing schools in 20222.
  • Ranked No. 15 for Online Master’s in Nursing Programs for Veterans3.
  • Received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity4.

Online Nursing Programs

Discover the degree program that propels you to the next phase of your nursing career.

This online program enables registered nurses to access more career opportunities by acquiring a bachelor’s degree in nursing. NIU’s experienced faculty will prepare you to integrate evidence-based care into your practice, provide population-focused care and move into nursing leadership. In addition to flexible online courses, this program includes a practicum that you can complete with your current employer.

Program Highlights:

  • Credit Hours: 28.
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $354.07.
  • Time to Completion: Finish in as few as 12 months (full time).
  • Accreditation: CCNE.

Prepare to translate evidence-based research into practice in administrative nursing positions or provide advanced care as a family nurse practitioner. You’ll gain skills for advanced nursing roles involving the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of patients, helping close the gap between quality care, cost and demand for services.

Program Highlights:

  • Credit Hours: 76.
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $743.60.
  • Time to Completion: Finish in as few as four years (full time).
  • Accreditation: CCNE.

Promote health and well-being by developing nurse leadership skills that help improve patient care. You can select a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialization, preparing to assess, diagnose and treat patients directly. After finishing this specialization, you’ll be prepared to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification exams for becoming an FNP. This online program also educates you to understand legal and regulatory policies while gaining science and humanities knowledge relevant to the nursing profession.

FNP Specialization Highlights:

  • Credit Hours: 50.
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $743.60.
  • Time to Completion: 2.5 years.
  • Accreditation: CCNE.

Take your nursing education to the highest level, becoming an expert in a specialized area of advanced nursing practice. With this online program, you’ll learn to lead evidence-based practice with the skills to formulate and implement patient care plans. At the same time, you can begin harnessing new approaches to care delivery and advanced nursing practices to improve patient outcomes and safety.

Program Highlights:

  • Credit Hours: 35.
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $743.60.
  • Time to Completion: Finish in as few as two years (full time).
  • Accreditation: CCNE.

Quality Education That Supports Your Aspirations

NIU focuses on empowering your success through educational excellence and experiential learning. You will benefit from small class sizes and receive the faculty guidance needed to thrive in your career and life. Our online programs are an engine for innovation, preparing you to transform the world through research, artistry, teaching and outreach.

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Online Programs for Your Goals and Schedule

With NIU’s online programs, you can seek a high-quality degree no matter where you are. While you study online, we’ll provide the support and resources to propel your success and make your education personal. Collaborate with your classmates and faculty using the same technology that delivers your coursework and use the helpful services available to on-campus students. This includes dedicated career support even after you graduate as well as access to NIU libraries and online resources.

Learn From Experienced Faculty in a Convenient Format

To reach your potential as a nurse, it helps to learn from nurse leaders with extensive experience. With NIU’s online nursing programs, you’ll take engaging online classes taught by faculty with professional backgrounds across the health care sector. Through their guidance, you’ll develop advanced techniques for improving patient care while getting the flexibility needed to meet your current work and personal obligations. For added convenience, registered nurses seeking your B.S. in Nursing can complete your practicums with your current employer and we offer assistance in finding a local placement.

Qualify for Nursing Positions That Illinois Hospitals Need Most

Nursing professionals with advanced training are in high demand, taking on vital roles in clinical, administration and research settings. While registered nurse employment in Illinois is projected to grow 12% from 2020 to 2030,5 nurse practitioner hiring is on track to grow 31% during that timeframe.6 With NIU’s online nursing programs, you can earn an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree that positions you for rewarding careers throughout the health care sector.

Average Salary by Nursing Education Level

  1. Associate Degree Nursing: $73,000 per year6.
  2. Bachelor of Science in Nursing: $89,000 per year7.
  3. Master of Science in Nursing: $98,000 per year8.
  4. Doctor of Nursing Practice: $107,000 per year9.

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