Although a Google search for Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) returned results mostly for overseas schools
, the following US based schools off an MAN option. St. Catharine University offers an MAN with a nurse practitioner concentration
, and Augsberg College
and Pace University
both offer an MAN with a nursing education focus.
Obviously, an individual possessing any of these degrees would be of value to an employer.
OP, once you complete you MAN I should think you would be eligible for entry into most PhD programs, without an MSN. However, the final determination will be the program you are considering, so I would contact them before beginning the MSN. Good luck with whatever option you choose.