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Masters of Science in Nursing

Masters of Science in Nursing

Individuals considering nursing should carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of enrolling in a BSN or MSN program because, if they do, their advancement opportunities usually are broader. In fact, some career paths are open only to nurses with a bachelor’s or master’s degree. A bachelor’s degree often is necessary for administrative positions and is a prerequisite for admission to graduate nursing programs in research, consulting, and teaching, and all four advanced practice nursing specialties—clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives, and nurse practitioners.

Education beyond a bachelor’s degree can also help students looking to enter certain fields or increase advancement opportunities. In 2006, 448 nursing schools offered master’s degrees, 108 offered doctoral degrees, and 58 offered accelerated BSN-to-doctoral programs.

All four advanced practice nursing specialties require at least a master’s degree. Most programs include about 2 years of full-time study and require a BSN degree for entry; some programs require at least 1 to 2 years of clinical experience as an RN for admission. In 2006, there were 342 master’s and post-master’s programs offered for nurse practitioners, 230 master’s and post-master’s programs for clinical nurse specialists, 106 programs for nurse anesthetists, and 39 programs for nurse-midwives.

Masters of Science in Nursing Career Options
Nurse Practitioner
Certified Nurse-Midwife
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist


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    reggis

    almost 3 years ago

    28 comments

    Well, that something that not many nursing students take seriously but I think it deserves a lot of attention. Having a masters degree nursing can really make the difference latter on that is if we care about growing a career.

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    maecas

    about 3 years ago

    2 comments

    any recomendaton for online master degree

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    Sue7523

    over 3 years ago

    224 comments

    While updating, add Nurse Educator, please.

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    tiffannij

    over 4 years ago

    194 comments

    I think a masters in nursing is the way to go cause i want to be a nurse midwife. I might even go on to become a nurse anesthetist cause they pay more. There's always room for advancement.

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    rnivz

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I really want to have my master's degree but a lot of things bother me.. I don't know when can I pursue that degree.

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    remanisn

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Would love to get a list of the anesthetist school list. CAn anyone help me with that?

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    Emmanu

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    iwish to have a master's degree in nursing so that i can better serve my country with the expertise that i have

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    sudha

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    what is MD

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    kstiltner1

    over 5 years ago

    7170 comments

    Good idea for the older nurse.

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    Gin3

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    You need to update your MSN specialties to include the Clinical Nurse Leader speacialty. This is a nantioanlly accredited specialty with certification.

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