MSN: Advanced Practice RN Completion Program

  • MSN
  • Graduate
  • On Campus
  • Nursing & Health Professions

Licensed and practicing Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) who have been in the profession for many years without a graduate degree can complete this program to receive their Master’s in Nursing.

Program Details

  • Next Start Date: May 17, 2021
  • Est. Program Length: 1 – 2 years
  • Credit Hours: 20
  • Course Length: 14 weeks
  • Cost Per Credit: Nursing Courses – $650 / Clinical Courses – $1,015

Why Study Nursing at Rivier?

Rivier University is a recognized leader in graduate nursing education, having prepared the largest number of nurses in the state of New Hampshire. The APRN Completion Program helps advance your education and your career.

This degree completion program is designed for nationally certified advanced registered nurses (APRNs) to complete a Master’s degree. In our APRN Completion program, you will advance your education and credentials while gaining the skills needed to succeed in advanced clinical practice, leadership, and educator roles in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment.

In this program you will:

  • Develop the knowledge and skills to assure high-quality, safe, and efficient family healthcare outcomes in a variety of practice settings
  • Learn the skills needed to influence health policy as a nurse leader and patient advocate
  • Enhance your critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Become an effective communicator and collaborator

Rivier Ranked Nationally Among Top 100 Nursing Schools in U.S.

Nursing Schools Almanac 2020 has recognized Rivier’s exceptional nursing education, ranking the University as a top nursing school nationally and regionally. In the state of New Hampshire, Rivier earned the #1 rank for private nursing schools!

Licensure and Accreditation

Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Rivier University is unable to accept students from some states due to the post-secondary higher-education requirements. There are also some restrictions for programs that lead to professional licensure due to the various requirements of individual state boards of nursing. See State Guide.

For further information on Professional Nursing Licensure at the state level, please use the following contact list (also available on the NC-SARA website).

Commitment to Quality

Rivier’s ASN, BSN, MSN, Post Master’s Certificates, and DNP programs located in Nashua, NH are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the master’s nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.

Rivier employs a ‘high tech - high touch’ methodology to graduate clinicians and nurse leaders who are medically, technologically, culturally, and emotionally adept in patient care and health team management.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

Our MSN: Advanced Practice RN Completion program prepares graduates with the skills needed to succeed in advanced clinical practice and leadership roles in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment.


  • Nurse practitioners
  • Clinical nursing specialists
  • Nurse midwives
  • Medical-surgical APRNs

Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Donna Proulx, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, CSC is working to advance substance use disorders treatment for vulnerable populations. Her doctoral research was a qualitative inquiry titled “The Lived Experience of Postpartum Women Attending Outpatient Substance-Abuse Treatment for Opioid or Heroin Use.” She holds two certifications in critical care from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (ACCN)—one in adult critical care (CCRN) and a second in adult cardiac surgery (CSC)—and is a past president of the New Hampshire Chapter of ACCN.

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