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A master of science in nursing (MSN) program enables registered nurses who already hold a bachelor’s degree to pursue graduate study. An MSN program qualifies its graduates to work as advanced practice registered nurse (APRNs) in specialized roles like nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist.

APRN specializations
A nurse practitioner is responsible for the medical diagnosis, treatment, evaluation, and management of her patients’ diseases. Many states allow nurse practitioners to function independently from physicians. A nurse midwife helps her patients to deliver babies. Midwives must have excellent communication skills to help mothers deal with the pain and stress of childbirth. A nurse anesthetist works closely with doctors to administer anesthesia to patients undergoing operations. Nurse anesthetists are typically the highest-paid of any nursing profession.

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Job opportunities
An MSN degree enables entry into a variety of fields. Many APRNs, including the three specializations outlined above, continue with hands-on patient work. Others choose to enter different spheres of the healthcare system. For example, APRNs may undertake administration and managerial work, family nursing, nursing education, or further academic study.

Employment outlook in North Carolina
North Carolina is home to a select team of 6,000 APRNs that are in high demand by healthcare employers throughout the state. For example, Ingenios Health is currently seeking APRNs to fill vacant positions. The state’s APRNs earn a median annual salary of $85,000 to $150,000 depending upon their specialization.

To help North Carolina’s nurses discover their graduate education options, we have compiled below a list of the best MSN programs in the state.

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Asheville

Western Carolina University at Biltmore Park
28 Schenck Parkway | Asheville, North Carolina 28803
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
School Address Programs offered
Western Carolina University at Biltmore Park 28 Schenck Parkway
Asheville, North Carolina 28803
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia

Charlotte

Queens University of Charlotte
1900 Selwyn Avenue | Charlotte, North Carolina 28274
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Boulevard | Charlotte, North Carolina 28223
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Queens University of Charlotte 1900 Selwyn Avenue
Charlotte, North Carolina 28274
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, North Carolina 28223
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Durham / Chapel Hill area

Duke University
103 Allen Building | Durham, North Carolina 27708
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
103 South Building | Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Duke University 103 Allen Building
Durham, North Carolina 27708
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 103 South Building
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Greensboro / High Point area

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
1400 Spring Garden Street | Greensboro, North Carolina 27402
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1400 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, North Carolina 27402
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Wilmington

University of North Carolina at Wilmington
601 South College Road | Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
University of North Carolina at Wilmington 601 South College Road
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Winston-Salem

Wake Forest School of Medicine
525 Vine Street, Suite 230 | Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Winston-Salem State University
601 Martin Luther King Jr Drive | Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27110
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Wake Forest School of Medicine 525 Vine Street, Suite 230
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Winston-Salem State University 601 Martin Luther King Jr Drive
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27110
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Other North Carolina cities

Barton College
200 ACC Drive NE | Wilson, North Carolina 27893
  • Master of Science in Nursing
East Carolina University
1001 East Fifth Street | Greenville, North Carolina 27858
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Gardner-Webb University
110 South Main Street | Boiling Springs, North Carolina 28017
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Lenoir-Rhyne University
625 Seventh Avenue NE | Hickory, North Carolina 28601
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Mount Olive
634 Henderson Street | Mount Olive, North Carolina 28365
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
One University Drive | Pembroke, North Carolina 28372
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Western Carolina University
One University Way | Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Barton College 200 ACC Drive NE
Wilson, North Carolina 27893
  • Master of Science in Nursing
East Carolina University 1001 East Fifth Street
Greenville, North Carolina 27858
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Gardner-Webb University 110 South Main Street
Boiling Springs, North Carolina 28017
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Lenoir-Rhyne University 625 Seventh Avenue NE
Hickory, North Carolina 28601
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Mount Olive 634 Henderson Street
Mount Olive, North Carolina 28365
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of North Carolina at Pembroke One University Drive
Pembroke, North Carolina 28372
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Western Carolina University One University Way
Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion