University of Pittsburgh

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Name: Degree Type:
MSN Nursing Administration masters
MSN Clinical Nurse Leader masters
MSN Nursing Informatics masters
Post-Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice doctorate
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

We have had 100% pass rate on the certification examination for Clinical Nurse Leaders. Our online courses are taught by the same world known faculty with expertise in research, leadership and teaching as our onsite courses. We have live open office hours for our online students in addition to the standard methods of communication. We utilize a large number of active learning strategies in online courses. Our faculty have published and done national presentations on online teaching methods.

School type Public
Online grad programs CCNE accredited Yes
Online grad programs NLNAC accredited No
Terms Semester

Program Offerings

Online master's in nursing degree programs 4
Concentrations offered
Anesthesia Clinical nurse leadership
Nursing practitioner Nursing administration/leadership
Clinical nurse specialist Informatics
More specialized departments/concentrations offered
Adult/geriatric – acute Neonatal
Adult/geriatric – primary Pediatric – primary
Family/primary care Psychiatric/mental health

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 49


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 25 full-time; 0 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 100% full-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 9
Average experience teaching online courses 3 years
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 10 full-time; 0 part-time

Class Size

Average class size 15
Maximum class size 30

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Can earn degree entirely abroad Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students No
Collaboration among online and campus students No face-to-face students
Students enroll as online students Online and on-campus students are in separate courses
Credits earned online equal earned on-campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus All
Same curricula for online and campus students All


One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates


Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 3.0 years
Program target time to graduate 4.5 years
Required time to earn degree 8 years

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