Online Nursing Programs

CCNE-Accredited Nursing Programs Uniquely Designed for Working Nurses

Spring Arbor University’s online nursing programs will enable you to address the growing need for qualified healthcare professionals in your community. Earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing online without interrupting your work schedule. Additionally, our BSN to MSN online programs and RN to MSN bridge programs are designed for busy nurses, teaching you to improve treatment from a perspective of integrity and grace.

Choose from various degree paths to advance your nursing career with an education rooted in Christ-centered philosophy.

  • Earn your degree while working full-time, with only one course at a time (excluding clinical & residency coursework)
  • Continue working traditional hours, Monday-Friday, or three 12-hour shifts a week
  • Flexible and balanced—our nursing programs are only 15-20 hours a week in coursework
  • No mandatory login times and most coursework is online
  • Enjoy a week off in between classes with our unique 7-1-7 model (7 week courses, 1 week break)
  • No GRE/GMAT is required, allowing you to start quickly
  • Be a part of a caring, community-engaged faculty and a Student Success Coach will support you every step of the way
  • Grow personally, professionally and spiritually as you embark on an enriching journey in the spirit of service
  • Graduate prepared for licensure from any of our online nursing programs and enjoy a rewarding career with a bright outlook


If you’re unsure which of our online nursing programs is best for you, contact us to get your program guideAlso, be sure to check out our nursing pathways infographic.


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7-1-7 Curriculum Model

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Programs forADN/ASN Degree Holders

Nurses who already hold their Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) can choose to earn their ADN to MSN faster with our bridge programs, or simply complete their BSN. Choose from four programs available for ADN/ASN degree-holders:

Programs forBSN Degree Holders

Nurses who already hold their Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) can choose from the following three Master's degree programs:

Programs forMSN Degree Holders

Nurses who already hold their Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) with or without an APRN certification:


DNP in Strategic Leadership

  • The DNP is a terminal degree, meaning that graduates are prepared to assume the highest leadership roles in large healthcare organizations and facilities
  • Some DNPs also take on positions as expert clinicians or academic positions with a focus on clinical practice and education
  • Our online DNP program combines academic rigor and a Christ-centered worldview 
  • Qualify for increased earning potential: DNP’s earn a median salary of $135,830 per year

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How much will it cost to get my nursing degree?

Nursing education is an investment. To help you see a return on your nursing educational investment sooner, Spring Arbor University offers competitive tuition rates. You can find more details on this page.

How do clinicals work? Does SAU assist with placement?

The Spring Arbor University School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SONHS) is responsible for ensuring adequate and sufficient clinical experiences for students in all programs, including students enrolled in distance programs. Clinical placements are arranged by the SONHS Clinical Coordinator for students in campus-based programs. For those students in distance programs, the program fosters interprofessional collaboration practice by allowing students to play an active role in selecting preceptors from varied practices. The SONHS asks the students to participate in finding clinical preceptors/sites using resources provided by the program including existing approved preceptors and clinical sites. However, if a student is unable to find a clinical preceptor(s)/site, the SONHS will provide the student with a clinical site, which may not be in the geographic location of the student but will provide the student an adequate experience to meet the program outcome.

How flexible is the nursing program if I work full time?

The flexibility of SAU’s nursing programs attracts students with all sorts of work schedules. The programs are designed for full time working nurses. We follow a unique 7-1-7 model, where students take one class at a time every 7 weeks, allowing for a week break in between. There are no set login times, and students have access to their classroom any time.

Our clinical requirements are also flexible, which is beneficial to students. You will choose your own preceptor in your home state. Students who work Monday through Friday can complete their clinical experience during the weekend.

Some students have the opportunity to reduce their schedule to Monday through Thursday while completing the clinicals, and they do their clinicals on Fridays. The faculty is very supportive and works with students to offer flexibility.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Spring Arbor University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. (

Spring Arbor University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and Post Master’s Certificate (PMC) program are scheduled for an accreditation review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.