MSN – Adult Nursing

Students who want advanced nursing careers may consider becoming adult nurse practitioners (ANPs). ANPs diagnose, treat, evaluate and manage critical illness and disease in adults. An MSN in adult nursing prepares students for the advanced practice of nursing in the primary health care of adults. ANPs are qualified to diagnose and treat patients over the age of 12 and supervise registered nurses (RNs).

Overview of a MSN – Adult Nursing Program

  • Students focus on the study of at risk and critically ill patients and their families who are cared for in ambulatory or extended care settings.
  • Students can further specialize in an area of the body (cardiology), type of care (emergency), or type of disease (cancer).
  • Students often work one-on-one with patients to ensure an accurate health assessment.
  • Courses provide nurses a structure for the use of research and theory as a basis for the diagnosis and treatment of illness in adults.
  • Additional coursework includes advanced pharmacology, diagnostics, and clinical management.

Steps to Become a Adult Nurse

  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 program with a concentration in adult nursing from an accredited school like Capella University, Georgetown University, Purdue University, South University, or University of Cincinnati.
  4. Obtain ANP certification and proper licensure, which varies by state.

Adult Nursing Salary and Career Information

The job setting will vary depending on what specific job you get. Possible options include hospitals, clinics, private practices, home care organizations, and government departments. While it is not often a prerequisite to find a job, membership with the American Nurses Association (ANA) can increase your employability. Other membership benefits include access to the continuing education library, annual conferences, news updates relevant to the field, savings on ANA books, professional liability insurance, and a vast network to connect with.

The average salary of nurse practitioners varies by location, experience, and the type of employer you have. For more information on your earning potential, please refer to our nursing job outlook page.

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