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Four-year colleges and universities are higher-learning institutions where most students focus on attaining their bachelor’s degrees, and some continue on for their master’s degrees or doctorates. In the nursing profession, it is becoming increasingly important for registered nurses (RNs) to attain a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Many RNs are taking advantage of RN-to-BSN programs, which help RNs with only associate’s degrees to take their education to the next level. In some cases, employers in the healthcare field even help them to cover the cost of tuition. To be even more competitive in the field, many nurses go on to earn a master of science in nursing (MSN).

The trend toward requiring more and more education for healthcare professionals is not unique to Delaware. Doctors are as overburdened as ever and healthcare costs are ballooning, which means that highly qualified RNs provide a much needed service by assisting doctors with their workloads while cutting the cost of care. RN-to-MSN programs are now in growing demand, following the shift toward higher education that has been felt throughout the medical community.

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In addition to improving a nurse’s competitiveness in the medical field, BSN and MSN degrees also increase their salaries. In Delaware, RNs make as much as $81,540 per year. Nurses who go on to earn MSN degrees and become nurse practitioners (NPs) earn between $82,740 and $106,450 annually.

There are presently 9,740 RNs and 520 NPs working in Delaware, with the demand for both roles expected to grow significantly in the years to come. Some of the leading employers in Delaware are Kent General Hospital, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Christiana Hospital, Milford Memorial Hospital, and Saint Francis Hospital.

Below you can find a complete listing of the four-year colleges and universities with nursing programs in Delaware.

Wilmington

University of Delaware
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Wilmington University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Nursing Education; Master's in Geriatric Nursing; Master's in Nursing Research

Other Delaware cities

Delaware State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Nursing Research
Wesley College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Research
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