The next advancement option available for a RN is to become an advanced practice nurse, which requires at least a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in most states. A BSN to MSN program allows nurses who already have a bachelor’s be able to obtain a master’s degree. Before joining any MSN degree program, a RN must choose an area of specialty. There are four types of advanced practice nursing programs: Nurse Practitioner (NP), Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), and Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM).

Overview of a BSN to MSN Program

  • Students choose a specialization that allows them to obtain the career route they desire upon graduation.
  • Students prepare to lead medical teams in hospitals and other health care organizations, depending on their specialization.
  • Courses allow students to study in an advanced program, cutting out most of the general courses that are required of all majors, since the student already has a bachelor’s degree.
  • The curriculum in most BSN to MSN program includes classroom work integrated with clinical rotations.
  • Prerequisites for this program is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, a satisfactory GPA and GRE scores, a RN license, and clinical experience.

Steps to Obtain a BSN to MSN

  1. Earn an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
  2. Receive a Registered Nurse Certification.
  3. Enroll and complete a MSN Nurse Practitioner program from an accredited school like Capella University, Georgetown University, Kaplan University, South University, or University of Cincinnati.
  4. Obtain NP certification and proper licensure, which varies by state.

Salary and Career Information

  • Estimated Salary: $56,967 – $100,087 (determined by place of employment and area of specialty), according to
  • 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.

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