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Online Master of Science in Nursing


An online MSN customized to your interests, schedule and career goals.

Just as you treat each patient as an individual, Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) treats each online MSN student as an individual leader. One-on-one support and a convenient practicum make the online Master's in Nursing (MSN) custom-fit to your busy life.

What makes OLLU's online MSN more personalized and more convenient?

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  • It’s 100 percent online
  • You need fewer credit hours to graduate
  • Log practicum hours at your current workplace
  • Choose powerful specializations in fast-growing fields

Earn up to $8,250 in Scholarships
Demand for nurse leaders with a master's degree is intense. To help meet the need, Our Lady of the Lake University is offering every new online MSN applicant up to $8,250 in nursing scholarship awards to lower the cost of tuition. Click here to request more information, or call an admissions adviser at 855-275-1082 for more information.

YOUR Interests. YOUR Focus. YOUR Specializations.
The online MSN from OLLU offers your choice of two career-building specializations that are in high demand throughout the nursing industry.

  • Nurse Administration: For nurses who wish to become managers or healthcare leaders, this concentration focuses on leadership skills, ethics, financial management and more
  • Nurse Education: Learn to teach the next generation of nurses in clinical or academic settings with advanced training in teaching and learning strategies

The OLLU Difference
At Our Lady of the Lake University, we offer our online students the same level of care, compassion and expertise you offer your patients.
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  • Face-to-face videoconferencing connects you with professors and fellow students
  • Learn nurse-to-nurse, from professors who are also nurse leaders and advanced practitioners
  • For the fourth consecutive year, OLLU has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Start and Finish — Fast
With OLLU’s fast track format, you can complete your MSN in just two years. Begin the journey to a better career today. To learn more about the online MSN at OLLU, call 855-275-1082 to speak with an admissions adviser, or request more information.

Nurse Educators

Nurse Administrators

What’s the Difference between Nurse Educators and Nurse Administrators?

Similarities between Nurse Educators and Nurse Administrators

While these two occupations tend to exist in different circles of an organization, both nurse educators and nurse administrators often find themselves cast in the role of mentors. Nurse educators often assist beginners with their studies, while nurse administrators can offer real-world advice and guidance. Also, both nurse educators and nurse administrators often recruit new students who are interested in entering the health care field, occasionally attending medical job fairs.

Differences between Nurse Educators and Nurse Administrators

Nurses interested in bringing their professional expertise to an academic environment may be best suited toward becoming a nurse educator. On the other hand, those interested in more of an organizational slant in their nursing experience might well consider becoming a nurse administrator. The nurse educator will have predominant contact with nursing students, while the nurse administrator will usually have more contact with nursing personnel, as well as patients and medical staff.

Leadership-oriented nurses seeking career advancement should consider either nurse educator or nurse administrator as potential goals. Both paths offer great opportunities and provide nursing professionals with the ability to carve out roles best suited to their skill-set.