Graduate Nursing Programs

Take your nursing degree to the next level with a Master of Science in Nursing or post-graduate nursing certificate.

Master of Science in Nursing        Post-graduate Nursing Certificates        Doctor of Nursing Practice


Master of Science in Nursing 

A great way to continue your nursing education is with Bellin College’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. The program is fully accredited and prepares graduates with enhanced knowledge and practice expertise that builds and expands on baccalaureate nursing education to prepare nurses for leadership roles in advanced nursing practice. Our program emphasizes the importance of life-long learning and provides a foundation for doctoral study.


The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track is available in full-time and part-time options and offers a combination of online, face-to-face, and hybrid classes that are delivered in a 15-week semester.

The Nurse Educator (NE) track is available in full-time and part-time options, and classes are 100% online, delivered in a 15-week semester.

Family Nurse Practitioner Academic Plans

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track is a 47-credit program designed to prepare graduates to function as licensed independent practitioners in primary care. Students complete courses that focus on the provision of the full spectrum of healthcare services across a lifespan. Students learn to use advanced health assessment skills, screening, and diagnostic strategies, and prescriptive practices to manage the health/illness status of patients and families. Practicum experiences that total 680 hours are completed in a variety of primary care healthcare settings. Graduates are eligible to take American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and/or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Boards (AANPCB) family nurse practitioner certification exams.

Full-Time Plan  Part-Time Plan

Nurse Educator Academic Plans (Online Program)

The Nurse Educator track is a 39-credit program designed to prepare graduates for the nurse educator role across various academic and clinical settings. Students integrate core MSN coursework and education specialty courses that focus on evidence-based teaching and learning principles, curriculum development and evaluation, instructional design and technology, assessment of educational outcomes, and nurse educator role development. Students will integrate knowledge and skills into the educational and practice setting in a 255-hour practicum experience.

Program Highlights:

  • Program is delivered 100% online with full-time and part-time options
  • Strong instructional design and technology preparation
  • Preparation for successful integration to the NE role in academic and practice settings
  • Hands-on faculty with dedication to student interaction and engagement
  • Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Nurse Educator™ Exam upon completion

Full-Time Plan  Part-Time Plan

Frequently Asked Questions for MSN

As you explore opportunities with Bellin College, we’re here to help. Let us know if you have questions at any stage in the process.

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Admissions Requirements

We make the graduate application process simple.

To get started, review our application deadlines. Next, follow our application procedure. Depending on the program you are applying to, you may have a few additional application requirements to complete.

Application Requirements
Tuition & Fees

MSN – Masters of Science Educator, And FNP Tracks 

See tuition and fees for MSN and post-graduate certificates
Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, the graduate is able to:

  • Demonstrate accountability for professional practice and behaviors that use critical and reflective thinking in education and health care settings.
  • Demonstrate leadership knowledge, skills, and attitudes in education and healthcare settings.
  • Synthesize, critique, evaluate, and use theory from nursing and related disciplines to guide advanced nursing roles.
  • Use information technology and evidence-based practice for implementation and evaluation of strategies for quality and safety.
  • Analyze ethical, legal, and societal factors that influence populations and health outcomes.
  • Collaborate and consult with intra- and inter-professional teams to improve outcomes.
  • Exhibit competency in advanced nursing practice role across diverse populations in a variety of settings.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Are you ready to move your APRN practice to the highest level of nursing practice? The DNP program at Bellin College is designed to expand on the knowledge, skills, and abilities from master-level programs by integrating new and enhanced skills in organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement processes, population health, and the translation of research to advanced clinical practice.  Our practice-focused doctorate prepares graduates to excel in clinical leadership roles aimed at health system transformation and improved patient outcomes. The courses are offered online to accommodate working professionals. Students do not need to be present on campus to complete the degree.

The program has several entry points, including BSN-DNP, MSN-DNP for certified APRNs, and MSN-DNP for MSN-prepared nurses without APRN certification. Fall 2021 will be available to MSN graduates only with BSN to DNP entry starting fall 2022.

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Post-Graduate Nursing Certificates

Are you looking to expand or change your advanced practice nursing role? Our post-graduate certificates allow nurses who already hold a master’s degree, the opportunity to specialize in an area other than that obtained in their master’s program.   


Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate Program

The Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate (FNP PGC) program is available to registered nurses who hold a Master of Science in Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice degree who desires to continue their education and expand their skillset to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Students who complete the FNP Post-Graduate Certificate program will be prepared for a new professional path and the many roles and responsibilities of a primary care provider.

The FNP Post-Graduate Certificate is a variable credit-hour program, dependent on prior education and certification. A Gap analysis that considers prior education and experience will be conducted for each applicant in order to determine an individual course of study.

The program can be completed in approximately 24 to 36 months.

Upon successful completion of program requirements, a certificate is awarded and students are eligible to apply for American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification (AANP) as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Gap Analysis

In accordance with the 2016 Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs report, applicants who hold a graduate degree in nursing can apply to the FNP Post-Graduate Certificate program where previous education and practice (as applicable) will be used to determine an individual course of study. The completion of required didactic courses and clinical hours can be flexible depending upon waived credits hours.  Each student who is admitted as a candidate for the FNP Post-Graduate Certificate program will complete a Gap Analysis. Plans of study will be individualized according to academic didactic and clinical needs.   

Admission Requirements

Full-Time Academic Plan – Certified, Practicing APRN

Full-Time Academic Plan – Non-APRN/Non-practicing APRN

Part-Time Academic Plan – Certified, Practicing APRN

Part-Time Academic Plan – Non-APRN/Non-practicing APRN

Nurse Educator Post-Graduate Certificate Program (Delivered 100% Online)

In the 11-credit Nurse Educator Post-Graduate (NE PGC) Certificate program, students master the knowledge and skills required to competently serve in the nurse educator role. Coursework is 100% online and focuses on curriculum design, teaching, and evaluation, nurse educator role transition and culminates in a 255-hour practicum. Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Nurse Educator™ Exam upon completion. 

Program of Study

admission requirements

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Board of Nursing Professional Licensure/Certification Requirements
If you become a Bellin College student, you are responsible for checking program authorization and licensure requirements in your state of residence. Rules and regulations vary by state and are subject to change. If you move to a new state, you are responsible for ensuring our program is approved in your new state.

Board of Nursing Professional Licensure / Certification Requirements

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing and
post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Bellin College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202)887-6791.

For more information about our graduate nursing programs, please contact Admissions at or (920) 433-6650.

Go to the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements website

Bellin College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

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