Master’s in Nursing Programs
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs, “the national movement toward healthcare reform is ushering in new models of care delivery that will place nurses in the driver’s seat”. This is great news for those of you looking to further your nursing education and practice! The projections for job growth in nursing are excellent, and, considering the fact that the current demand for Master’s prepared nurses far outweighs the supply, you are making a wise decision by pursuing your Master’s Degree in Nursing.
We at BestNursingDegree.com have taken the time to compile a list of every accredited MSN degree program in the United States, in order to facilitate your search for a school that will meet your needs. We believe that by reducing the amount of time it takes you to find a graduate nursing program, we are, in some small way, doing our part to advance the profession of nursing, and helping to close the gap between the supply and demand for Master’s prepared nurses.
We encourage you to browse the list of featured schools below and request information regarding the different Master’s Programs they offer. Many of these schools offer RN to MSN fast track, online, and/or direct entry programs as well, which will allow you to earn your advanced degree at your own pace. Keep in mind that there are many different ways to earn your Nursing Master’s degree, so the more information you have, the better prepared you will be to make the right decision about your graduate studies.
Types of Master's Degrees in Nursing
Earning your advanced degree positions you at the forefront of the nursing profession, and opens the door to a wide variety of career options. Just as there are several types of nurses, there are also several types of Master’s degrees, reflecting the diversity and versatility of the profession. Below are the basic ways that you can earn your Master’s degree in Nursing.
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
- Master of Nursing (MN)
- Master of Science (MS) with a major in nursing
- Master of Arts (MA) with a nursing major
By earning your Master’s degree, you open up several different avenues for practice, including the roles of Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Leader, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Nurse Midwife. If you already know the specific advanced practice degree you would like to work toward, please visit the program specific page, where you will find information and school listings that we have refined to meet your criteria. You can find these pages by clicking on the specialty type you are interested in, listed above.
If you are not yet certain about which type of Master’s program you are interested in, don’t worry. Good things take time. So, spend some time exploring your options and looking through our school listings. The best way to make an informed decision is to have good information at hand. Keeping that in mind, feel free to request information from as many schools as you’d like, or email your questions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Routes to a Master’s Degree in Nursing
There are several ways to go about earning your MSN degree. It can be difficult to navigate all of the different programs that are available, so we’ve also created a brief outline of options to help you narrow your search by deciding which route is right for you. Below is a list of the most commonly offered Master’s degree programs, along with a brief description of each.
- Direct Entry – These programs are designed for students who already have a non-nursing Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Typically fast paced, these programs allow you to earn your RN, then move on to graduate nursing courses in an accelerated format, often with online courses available. You can visit our Direct Entry MSN page for more information about this route.
- RN to Master’s – These programs, commonly referred to as RN to MSN programs, are for current RNs who wish to earn their Master’s degree without earning a Bachelor’s degree along the way. These, too, are often fast track programs that offer accelerated and/or online content, and often allow working RNs the option to advance nursing education without sacrificing job security. Many of the schools on this webpage offer an RN to Master’s program, including the featured schools near the top of the page.
- Bachelor’s to Master’s – This is the traditional route to earning a Master’s degree, and these programs build upon the undergraduate nursing knowledge base the student already possesses. You can find all of the schools that offer this type of program on the current webpage, and you may request information by clicking on the featured schools links, or by searching for schools by state.
- Dual Master’s – Many schools offer you the option of earning two Master’s degrees at once, combining graduate nursing courses with those in another, well related, field. Some of the most common types of dual degrees include those with business (MSN/MBA), public health (MSN/MPH), and public administration (MSN/MPA) concentrations.
Most of the schools listed on this page offer one or more of these programs. Generally, the featured schools near the top of the page offer programs with a good deal of flexibility and a variety of routes. If you do not see the MSN nursing programs you are looking for after requesting information from the featured schools, follow the state links to learn what else is available in your area.
What Can I do with a Master’s Degree in Nursing?
The career possibilities for nurses that have earned their Master’s degree are nearly limitless. Because there are so many different jobs, specialties, settings and practice areas to choose from, it can be both exciting and a bit overwhelming to think about it all! At BestNursingDegree.com, we not only provide you with a full listing of nursing degree programs, but we also try to answer the questions nurses have about higher education.
We’ve prepared a list of some of the most common career options that are available to Master’s educated nurses, along with the most recent salary figures we could find. If you have questions about any of the figures, or would like information about a specialty you don’t see here, please contact us.
Advanced Practice Nurse Careers
*figures derived from O*NET OnLine, 2013
||Median Annual Income
|Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
|Clinical Nurse Specialist
|Certified Nurse Midwife
|Family Nurse Practitioner
|Clinical Research Coord.
Regardless of the career path you choose, rest assured that by earning your Master’s Degree in Nursing you are impacting the profession in a positive way. As the landscape of healthcare evolves, a more educated, autonomous and skillful nursing workforce is needed to provide and manage care for our patients, our communities and our nation. By heeding the call by healthcare leaders to earn your advanced degree, you align yourself with the growing segment of nurses who believe that now is the perfect time to take advantage of the many graduate degree programs, educational funding opportunities and rewarding employment options that result from earning a Master’s in Nursing.