RN to BSN/MSN
As an RN, there are a number of options for career advancement. In order to become an RN, a student has to have an associate’s degree or already have their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The RN to BSN/MSN program is designed for RNs who have obtained their basic nursing education and wish to earn both the BSN and MSN. RN to BSN/MSN programs, which can also be called RN to MSN programs, allows students to get their master’s degree in the shortest time possible, which can save not only time, but also money.
Overview of an RN to BSN/MSN Program
- Students need to have a BSN degree in order to obtain a master’s degree, which means that they first need to get an RN to BSN/MSN if they are currently working as an RN with an associate’s degree.
- Students can choose a specialty from the start, allowing them to better prepare for their future career as a nurse practitioner or other type of advanced practice nurse.
- Coursework prepares students to become nurse educators, nurse administrators or nursing informatics specialists at the master’s level.
- The goal of a RN to BSN/MSN program is to provide an option for students to earn the BSN and MSN degree in a seamless integrated curriculum.
- The curriculum combines undergraduate and graduate nursing studies, also giving RNs the option to earn a BSN degree, or earn a BSN degree and a MSN degree
Steps to Obtain an RN to BSN/MSN
- Earn an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
- Receive a Registered Nurse Certification.
- Enroll and complete an RN to BSN/MSN Nurse Practitioner program.
- 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 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 RN to BSN to MSN Degrees
- RN to MS in Nursing: American Sentinel University
- RN to MSN: Capella University
- RN to MSN: Kaplan University
- RN to MSN: University of Arizona
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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