MSN – Nurse Practitioner
When getting a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), students are asked to choose one of four routes: Nurse Practitioner (NP), Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), and Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). Becoming an NP is the most popular choice for RNs, as this educational path opens nurses up to working in numerous areas of medicine. NPs are typically clinicians, rather than working in research, education, or administration.
Overview of a MSN – Nurse Practitioner Program
- Students train to work in advanced positions, such as working as a head nurse or even heading a practice of their own.
- Students learn to perform comprehensive health assessments; conduct risk analyses; provide patient education and counseling to promote wellness; diagnose and treat common health problems; and maximize the functional and self-care abilities of individuals of all ages.
- The curriculum is designed to give students clinical experiences and knowledge in health promotion, pathophysiology, physical/assessment diagnosis, and acute/chronic illness management.
- Coursework teaches students to work with certain age groups (pediatrics, adults, or geriatrics), patients dealing with a certain type of disease (like cancer), in a specific facility (like emergency rooms), or with one part of the body (like cardiology).
- Though clinical rotations and extensive practice, students prepare to diagnose and treat an extensive variety of health issues within certain age groups in several health care settings.
Steps to Become a Nurse Practitioner
- Earn an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
- Receive a Registered Nurse Certification.
- Enroll and complete a MSN Nurse Practitioner program.
- Obtain NP certification and proper licensure, which varies by state.
Nurse Practitioner Salary and Career Information
- Estimated Salary: $57,967 – $100,087 (determined by place of employment and area of specialty), according to Payscale.com.
- Job Setting: Private practices, outpatient care centers, nursing homes, hospitals (intensive care unit), neonatal unit, internal medicine clinics, ambulatory care, family practice offices.
- Job Prospects: Excellent, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Online MSN – Nurse Practitioner Degrees
- MS in Nursing (MSN): Kaplan University
- MSN – Adult Health Nursing: South University
- MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP): Georgetown University
- MSN – Infection Prevention and Control: American Sentinel University
- MSN – Leadership and Management: Western Governors University
- MSN – Midwifery: Philadelphia University
- RN to MS in Nursing: American Sentinel University
- RN to MSN – Adult Health Nurse Practitioner: South University
Earn an Online Nurse Practitioner Degree
Online nurse practitioner programs have grown in popularity in recent years as more accredited schools have begun offering online alternatives to these degrees. Combining flexibility with the lack of campus visitation required these programs are ideal for working professionals. By clicking on links below, you can request information from each school about its tuition, classes, and programs.
||Georgetown University — Stationed out of Washington DC, Georgetown University is a cultural and social hub and is one of the oldest schools in the nation. The school has two online nursing programs available, an MSN in Family Nursing and an MSN in Midwifery and Women's Health. Georgetown is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Read more about Georgetown University.|
||University of Cincinnati — The University of Cincinnati is an Ohio-based school with more than 42,000 students and over 300 programs. Many of these programs have online options available like MSN in Clinical Nursing and MSN in Nurse Midwifery, which are great for students who need the flexibility to study around work and family. UC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Read more about University of Cincinnati.|
||South University — South University began operations over 100 years ago in Savannah, Georgia and now has 12 campuses and an online division, including an MSN for Nurse Practitioners program. The program can be completed in less than two years and there is an RN to MSN bridge option available for you if you do not have a bachelor degree. South is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Read more about South University.|
||Capella University — Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Capella University is an online school with over 37000 current students across the nation. Its online programs like MSN in Nurse Educator (Bridge option also available) have one-to-one tutoring, accelerated study, and low student to teacher ratios. Capella holds several accreditations, including The Higher Learning Commission and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Read more about Capella University.|
||Walden University — Walden University is private institution headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Boasting almost 50,000 students enrolled, Walden is one of the largest online schools conferring mostly master’s or doctorate degrees, like the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Walden is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Read more about Walden University.|
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