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Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

A masters in nursing (MSN) is really a ‘next level’ degree choice for nurses.  Many nursing jobs are available to both BSN and ASN nurses, with some variance in salary, but with a masters in nursing, you open opportunities that are not available to undergraduate nurses.  Some of the excellent careers available to MSN grads pay nearly as well as physician jobs. 

In graduate nursing programs, you are able to select a specialty, or area of focus, within your nursing studies.  For some, this may mean becoming a certified nurse midwife, a specialized nurse practitioner (NP) or physican’s assistant (PA).  Other popular nursing masters programs include the Certified Nurse Specialist (CNS) and  Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA).  Other possible nursing jobs for MSN grads include nurse researcher, nurse educator, clinical nurse leaders, nurse administrators, and public health nurse. 

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Master of Science in Nursing Programs

Before selecting a graduate nursing school, be sure that your prospective school is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.  Accredited nursing programs are widely available so you shouldn’t have any trouble find one that suits your needs.  We’ve provided you with some of our favorite schools here.  We recommend that you request information from some schools of interest here so you can make the best decision on choosing a nursing program. 

Online Nursing Programs

We’ve provided some excellent online nursing schools here.  Online nursing programs are also available through state colleges.  Some of the best online graduate nursing programs according to U.S. News & World Report include St. Xavier University, Medical University of South Carolina, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, George Washington University, East Carolina University, Duquesne University, Loyola University New Orleans, University of Alabama Hunstville, University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, and Florida State University, just to name a few.