MSN: Advanced Practice RN Completion Program

  • MSN
  • Graduate
  • Online
  • 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:  September 3, 2024
  • Est. Program Length:  1 – 2 years
  • Credit Hours:  20
  • Course Length:  14 weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:  Nursing Courses – $697/Clinical Courses – $1,088

Why Study Nursing at Rivier?

Rivier University is ranked as the #1 nursing school in New Hampshire and a top 50 private nursing school nationally by Nursing Schools Almanac in 2024. 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 Top Nursing School in New Hampshire!

Nursing Schools Almanac 2024 has recognized Rivier’s exceptional nursing education, ranking the University as the #1 nursing school in NH!

Learn in World-Class Facilities

Rivier’s nursing labs were transformed in 2022 with a $5 million total renovation. The Nursing Simulation and Clinical Education Center is open and fully operational for hands-on learning and high-tech simulation for nurses and nurse practitioners. State-of-the-art skills and simulation labs offer the newest technology for clinical assessment, community nursing, and telehealth simulation.

The Nursing Simulation and Clinical Education Center provides students the opportunity to gain real-world experience in controlled clinical settings. Labs mirror the settings in which nurses most often provide care: medical/surgical and pediatric/neonatal hospital rooms, an obstetrics room, examination rooms, and telehealth offices.

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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Prepare to advance your education and career with an MSN degree from Rivier.