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Master of Science in Nursing

We meet you where you are, and help take you where you want to be

The nursing field is growing and rapidly evolving. Whether you’re seeking enhanced skills, specialization or career advancement, Norwich University’s online Master of Science in Nursing and Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing can provide you with multiple options to gain the depth of knowledge needed to pursue your future goals while preparing you for the challenges and opportunities facing the profession in the 21st century.

Convenient online coursework is designed to fit into your busy working schedule and help you reach your professional goals. The curriculum for each program aligns with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Master-Level education preparation standards — including the Master’s Essentials — in addition to the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies.

We invite you to take a closer look at our different degree concentrations and certificate programs:

Master of Science in Nursing — Concentrations

MSN: Healthcare Systems Leadership

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MSN: Nursing Education

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Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing

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Entrance Exams

No GRE/GMAT required

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Why Norwich

Founded in 1819, Norwich University serves students with varied work schedules and lifestyles.

Complete an online degree program, certificate, or professional development offerings at your convenience via our virtual learning platform.

Connect with Norwich’s exceptional faculty and students from across the country and around the world. 


Accreditation & Recognition

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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

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The master's degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( 



Faculty & Staff

Academic Director

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Jessica  Wood

Jessica Wood, DNP, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB is a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and licensed registered nurse, and has been teaching at the Norwich University School of Nursing since 2008.  Although she has experience as a critical care nurse, a kidney transplant nurse, and emergency room nurse, the majority of her career has been dedicated to labor, delivery, postpartum, newborn care, and women's health.  As a passionate leader for nursing, Dr. Wood has expanded her expertise to include many leadership and nursing education roles in her 20+ years in nursing.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Science in Health Systems Leadership from Norwich University, a post-Master's certificate as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner from Duke University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Duke University.

Jessica's most recent work was for a well-known non-profit organization providing care to women throughout northern New England.  Additionally, she has led nursing students to impoverished areas of Nicaragua and continues to practice as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in New England.  She is a native Vermonter and loves biking, skiing, hiking, and paddleboarding.  

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Program Staff

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Rija Ramahatra, MBA
Associate Program Director
Martha  Rainville
Student Support Advisor


Get to know the graduates of Norwich's online Master of Science in Nursing program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What specializations are available?

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) offers four distinct concentrations: Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, Healthcare Systems Leadership or Nurse Practitioner.

Students interested in the MSN Nurse Practitioner (MSN NP) concentration can choose to specialize in one of three tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

A Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing is available for students who currently hold an MSN and are looking to further their careers as a nurse practitioner.

Are any grants available for students in the nursing program to help pay for tuition?

Grants that help pay program tuition may be available to qualified students in the nursing education track of the MSN program through the Nurse Faculty Loan Forgiveness Program.

How have graduates of the MSN program applied their degrees?

Our nursing alumni have found employment with a variety of organizations including: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, DC Department of Health, Madigan Army Medical Center, GlaxoSmithKline, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Mary Immaculate Hospital, and Sun Healthcare Group.

How does the University select the graduate nursing degree faculty members?

Nursing program instructors hold terminal degrees from established universities. They must demonstrate a wide range of university/college-level teaching experience and solid, practical experience in nursing leadership and education.

What are the eligibility requirements for applying to the nursing programs?

Eligibility requirements vary depending on the degree: MSN, MSN NP, or Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing. Click to the corresponding degree page for specific details.

How long does it take to earn a graduate nursing degree?

Length of time depends on the program and specialization. Click the corresponding degree page for details.

Is the Master of Science in Nursing program accredited?

Yes. In addition to the University’s regional accreditation, the Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Does Norwich accept transfer credits?

When applying for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing, you can submit transcripts and course outlines from previously-attended institutions of higher education for transfer credit consideration. Transfer credits are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Norwich accepts up to 12 credits and complies with the VA regulations and guidelines pertaining to transfer credits.

Learn more about Norwich University’s transfer credit policy.


Course Exams

Course assessments may include implementation of automated examination monitoring software. View Norwich's Notice Regarding the Use of Examination Monitoring Software