Explore Diverse Careers for Online MSN Graduates

Foster Excellent Health Care Outcomes With Expertise From Your Online MSN

Choose from 5 career-focused tracks | Prepare for national exams

Ohio University's online MSN can help you take the next step in your nursing career, whether you're seeking a role in leadership, education, advanced practice and more.

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers for RNs are projected to grow faster than average at 6% from 2022 to 2032.1 
  • Careers for NPs will grow even quicker, with a projected 45% over the same time frame.2

Expand Your Impact in Nursing and Boost Your Salary

MSN-prepared nurses tend to have more significant salary potential across many fulfilling roles. A few careers for MSN graduates include:

  • Nurse Practitioners (all settings)


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  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners


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  • Nurse Educators at General Medical-Surgical Hospitals


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  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners


    average base salary per year5

Pursue Certification and In-Demand Nursing Careers

When you receive your online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Ohio University, you'll be eligible to pursue an industry certification that correlates with your degree track. These nursing certifications are impressive credentials that showcase your specialized expertise and increase your salary potential.

On average, 95% of OHIO graduates pass their certification exams on the first attempt.

MSN Track Certification Exam
Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner ANCC Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner AANP or ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Educator National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)
Nurse Leader N/A-You'll be able to implement leadership and management skills immediately
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner ANCC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan)


Program Outcomes and Skills Acquired

What You'll Learn

After completing the online MSN program, you'll be able to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and other disciplines as a basis for clinical judgment, clinical reasoning and innovative evidence-based education and practice.
  • Incorporate evidence-based practice in delivering person-centered care to enhance health outcomes and improve health systems.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to select and apply principles of population health and advocacy strategies that optimize health outcomes for individuals, families, communities and populations.
  • Integrate and evaluate evidence-based practice to inform and promote advanced clinical practice.
  • Analyze and apply quality improvement strategies to create a culture of safe, professional nursing practice that optimizes health and protects all.
  • Apply leadership skills as an interprofessional team member to optimize the health of individuals, families and populations within complex health care environments.
  • Apply evidence-based, innovative strategies based on organizational and systems policies to enhance value, access, quality and cost-effectiveness within complex health care delivery systems.
  • Integrate information technology systems to drive decision-making, health care change and interdisciplinary communication in complex health care delivery systems.
  • Integrate the role of the advanced practice nurse by utilizing effective professional communication and presence to promote person-centered care.
  • Contribute to an environment that promotes self-care, personal health, well-being and professional development in a culture of accountability and collaboration.

Opportunities for Graduates

MSN Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Health care organizations utilize the AG-ACNP certified practitioner in a variety of units, such as:

  • Critical Care Units
  • Emergency Units
  • Hospitalist Service
  • Specialized Interventional Units
  • Trauma Teams

MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioners are prepared to work collaboratively in diverse primary care settings such as:

  • Community health clinics
  • Hospice/homecare medical practices
  • Primary care offices
  • Retail health clinics
  • School-based health clinics

MSN-Nurse Educator

Nurse educators teach in both classroom and practice settings, such as:

  • Colleges/universities
  • Community health agencies
  • Home care agencies
  • Junior/community colleges
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Nursing/technical schools
  • Online/distance-based programs and courses

MSN-Nurse Leader

Prepare to work in management positions at several levels within acute care or community-based health care agencies, including but not limited to:

  • Ambulatory care centers
  • Community-based clinics
  • Corporate organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Managed care firms
  • Nurse-managed clinics
  • Practice management organizations

MSN-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Provide primary mental health care that involves continuous and comprehensive services necessary to improve mental health, prevention and treatment. Graduates of this track can work in long-term care, school-based health clinics, correctional facilities and more.

Career Services

Ohio University's Career & Student Success Center offers a variety of expert, personalized career services specifically for business students and alumni. With OHIO's Career Acceleration Team (GradCAT), you will also have access to four months of support from a dedicated team that includes a personal career coach, a branding expert and a career concierge. Our alumni benefit from a proprietary technology platform and one free coaching session each year – for life.

Personalized Career Coaching

We offer convenient, live coaching via video conference or by phone to help you prepare for career success and maximize your professional potential. We help you determine your career goals, then ensure you have the resources you need to achieve them.

Job Search Resources

Put your best foot forward and stand out to employers with helpful templates, detailed best-practice guidelines and more. We also offer job search tools like personal assessments, professional development webinars and online resources that can be accessed anywhere, anytime through our industry-leading technology platform.

Professional Development Sessions

OHIO students can also participate in free professional development sessions led by industry experts. These live, virtual sessions cover topics like career self-concept, basic job search skills, and how to qualify for promotions and prepare for leadership opportunities.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor. Registered Nurses. Retrieved Sept. 11, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor. Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Retrieved Sept. 11, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/.
  3. Payscale. Average Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) Salary. Retrieved Sept. 11, 2023, from https://www.payscale.com/.
  4. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2022: 25-1072. Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary. Retrieved Sept. 11, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/.
  5. Payscale. Average Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salary. Retrieved Oct. 3, 2023, from https://www.payscale.com/.