Master's Nursing Programs
Registered Nurses (RNs) and nurses who have their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) who would like to have more advanced career options such as positions as a Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, or Clinical Nurse Leader need to get the Master of Science in Nursing. Many universities have master's nursing programs in order to train these nurses.
For nurses without a BSN, many universities offer special RN to MSN programs for them to get their master's degrees. These typically take longer than the programs offered for nurses who already have a BSN.
Master's nursing programs are also available part time or full time. You need to check to see which option the university you are interested offers. Some universities require people to attend full time for their masters nursing programs.
For those nurses who do not want to leave their jobs or attend classes on campus, there are master's nursing programs that are available online. Some of these online master's nursing programs require you to visit campus for a week or two each year at the beginning of the year. When choosing a master's nursing program, whether it is campus based or online, you need to be sure to thoroughly check out the program to make sure it is right for you. Make sure that the program is fully accredited, and make sure that it has the specialty you would like to pursue. Master's nursing programs focus on a single specialty, so you might want to decide on which specialty you would like to pursue and use that to narrow down your options for master's nursing programs. Nurses who want to attend one of the best universities for master's nursing programs should check out the US News & World Report's graduate school rankings. They rank universities with master's nursing programs overall, and they also rank universities by specialties. This can be useful information when you are trying to decide between a couple different master's nursing programs. Finally, some master's nursing programs are for a Master in Nursing (MN) rather than a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). These programs are meant for people who have a bachelor's degree in another field and want to become nurses. The level of study is higher than that in a BSN program, but it does not prepare graduates for advanced nursing careers like the MSN programs.