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Want to do more as a nurse? A dose of education can help.

It takes courage to devote your life to helping people. And as a nurse, that’s what you’ve done. If you’re ready to take the next step in your education toward becoming a nurse practitioner, Maryville University offers several paths with the flexibility to work around your busy schedule.

Our online nurse practitioner programs are designed to help experienced nurses like you gain the knowledge and clinical skills to prepare for nurse practitioner certification in:

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care (AGPC)
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care (AGAC)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health (PMH)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
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Which online nurse practitioner program is right for you?

Nurse practitioner has quickly become one of the the nation’s most in-demand roles, which is no surprise considering its remarkable versatility. At Maryville University, you can choose from four online nurse practitioner programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Practitioner (DNP-NP)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Post-Master’s Certificate

Want to specialize your nurse practitioner career? Each of our programs is complemented by one of five concentration tracks, so you can develop the focused skill set to get — and give — the most out of your career. Our concentrations cover adult, geriatric, pediatric, family, and mental health care.

Learn about our online nurse practitioner programs.

How do you know which online nurse practitioner degree is right for you? At Maryville, we have you covered no matter where you are in your nursing career. You can choose from a variety of programs — and specialize in one of five areas — to meet your nursing goals.


Already have your bachelor’s in nursing? Streamline your education by completing this blended program of master’s- and doctoral-level courses.


Develop your expertise at the highest level with a focus on healthcare policy, organizational leadership, and clinical systems management.


Our master’s-level program is designed for experienced nurses who want to develop new perspectives on holistic care, nursing leadership, and evidence-based decision-making.

Post-Master’s Certificate

Gain the knowledge and clinical skills to prepare for a more autonomous advanced nursing role.

Learn about our online nurse practitioner concentrations.

When you earn your online nurse practitioner degree at Maryville, you have the opportunity to specialize in one of five areas:

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care (AGACNP)
Learn how to provide first-rate care for adults of varying ages.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care (AGPCNP)
Our acute care nursing programs are designed to help you concentrate on providing holistic care for adult patients.

Family Care (FNP)
Our advanced family practitioner programs help experienced RNs excel in primary care settings.

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
Positively impact the well-being of a child from birth to young adulthood.

Psychiatric Mental Health Care (PMHNP)*
Develop the tools you need to treat acute and chronic illness and promote mental well-being.

In each concentration, you’ll have the opportunity to take classes like Professional Role Development, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, and Advanced Health Assessment — geared specifically to give you the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be a successful nurse practitioner.

*Note. Clinical hour requirements for state licensure may vary by state. Students are encouraged to visit the Board of Nursing website for the state in which they intend to practice to verify specific requirements. Students may also reach out to our team of enrollment advisors for guidance.

Why choose Maryville for your online nurse practitioner degree?

We’re not your average school. We’re a private, four-year institution ranked as one of America’s best colleges by both U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. And when you choose Maryville for your online nurse practitioner degree, you partner with a highly educated and experienced faculty committed to helping you advance your education and move toward your goals at your own pace — and all delivered 100% online.

You’ll also have the opportunity to:

  • Graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Earn advanced credentials and become a physician extender in hospitals, clinics, and private practices.
  • Enjoy our flexible and convenient 24/7 online learning model.
Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
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The MSN, Post-Master’s NP Certificate, and DNP programs at Maryville University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Why earn your nurse practitioner degree online?

You’re busy, but you still want to advance your education and your career. You need a program where you can earn your online nurse practitioner degree around your schedule. That’s exactly what you’ll get at Maryville. Our flexible, user-friendly online experience makes becoming a nurse practitioner more achievable than you ever thought.

  • Learn at your convenience. Earn your online nurse practitioner degree as your schedule permits. Everything about our program is designed for students who are also working professionals with an already busy schedule.
  • Take advantage of personal support. We want you to succeed, so you can rest easy knowing you’ll have support every step of the way, from application through graduation.
  • Collaborate with students and faculty. Even though you don’t see your classmates face-to-face, you can easily team up to study, share notes, and find any help you may need via emails, chats, and message boards.
  • Utilize online technical support. You don’t have to be a computer whiz to earn your nurse practitioner degree online. You can succeed in our online classroom with basic technical skills, and our online coordinators are always happy to guide you through the learning platform.

What careers can you pursue with your online nurse practitioner degree?

The population continues to get older. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of U.S. citizens aged 65 or older grew from 35 million in 2000 to nearly 50 million in 2016. And this trend will only continue as the baby boomer population continues to age.

In addition, chronic illnesses is on the rise in the United States. By 2025, chronic illness is projected to affect an estimated 164 million Americans — nearly half the population — according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Nurse practitioners are needed more than ever, and there’s no sign of demand slowing down. And because they can work in hospitals, clinics, private practices, and nursing homes, and can treat patients of all ages, the opportunities are endless and lucrative.

An NP degree also gives you a host of options. For example, an FNP can focus on specialties like midwifery, oncology, neonatal care, and more, while an AGC may treat acute illnesses or provide primary care that focuses on illness prevention and health promotion.

What salary can I expect as a nurse practitioner?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary of a nurse practitioner in 2017 was about $103,000, with the highest-paid 10% earning about $145,000. Furthermore, the demand for NPs is projected to increase by about 36% between 2016 and 2026, meaning there is ample opportunity for career growth.

Job openings for nurse practitioners are expected to increase by 36% from 2016 to 2026.*

Adult-gerontology and pediatric practitioners are ranked in the “Top 10 Highest-Paying Nursing Specialties” according to Scrubs magazine, with typical salaries of $75,000 and up.

The need for family nurse practitioners is expected to increase steadily, considering that by 2025, the nation is facing a predicted shortage of at least 100,000 family medicine doctors.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Meet our online nursing faculty.

When you’re learning to become a nurse practitioner, you want to learn from the best — people with hands-on experience who really understand the position and the industry.

Our online nurse practitioner instructors are leaders in the field with backgrounds in almost every area of nursing and healthcare. You can count on them to help you learn the knowledge and skills you’ll need to succeed in this life-changing role.