Online Nursing Master's Degree Programs
Nurses with a BSN who would like more career opportunities open to them would do well to get an online nursing master's degree. Then they will be able to begin careers as Nurse Practitioners, Community Health Nurses, and Clinical Nurse Specialists.
There are a good number of schools that offer an online nursing masters degree. Among them are Drexel University, Vanderbilt University, Loyola University New Orleans, University of Cincinnati, Gonzaga University, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Regis University. Vanderbilt University is a particularly good choice for someone wishing to pursue an online nursing master's degree since it is ranked 19th out of all the accredited nursing programs in the United States by the US News and World Report.
Before choosing an online nursing master's degree program, nurses should have a good idea of what they like to specialize in so that they can make sure they choose the best online nursing master's program for them. Different online nursing master's degree programs have different focuses, they are pretty specialized, so you want to make sure to choose one that suits your needs.
Vanderbilt offers Clinical Research Management and Health Systems Management online nursing master's degrees. They also offer a few other options as modified learning format which only require you to be on campus a few times a semester. Drexel offers a wide variety of specializations for their online nursing master's, including Clinical Trials Research, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education and Faculty Role, Nursing Leadership in Health Services Management, and Innovation and Intra/Entrepreneurship in Advanced Nursing Practice. Loyola University's online nursing master's offers a specialty in Health Care Systems Management. This can prepare you for a career as a Care Coordinator, Case Manager, Managed Care Consultant, Nurse Executive, Nurse Manager, Outcomes Manager, Product Line Manager, or Quality Manager. The online nursing master's degree options at the University of Cincinnati include Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator, Nurse Midwifery, and Women's Health specializations. Gonzaga University offers concentrations in Nurse Educator and Health Systems Leadership for their online nursing master's degree. The concentration choices for an online nursing master's degree at Indiana Wesleyan University are Primary Care, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Education. Regis University offers a Leadership in Health Care Systems online nursing master's degree. If none of the above options suit your needs, you might have to choose an on campus nursing master's degree, but first check out other universities to see if they have online options since the above is not a complete list.