Why Choose a Master’s in Nursing?

Once you’ve made the decision to become a nurse, you’ll need to choose a level of education. Should you earn an associate of science, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)?

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, our nation continues to show a strong desire for nurses with a BSN degree or higher. Why? The higher the education, the more successful the patient outcomes. One might also assume the health care industry is moving in a direction where an associate degree in nursing could eventually become obsolete.

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MSN vs. BSN Education

When it comes down to an MSN or a BSN, what are the educational differences? Both degrees go beyond fundamental nursing skills by teaching students about nursing research, nursing management, and community health. A master’s education, however, dives deeper into the profession, preparing students for advanced practice, leadership, education, and administration roles.

More Opportunities

Not only will it give you a leg up over your BSN-holding peers when applying to positions, an MSN will open several opportunities, including more advanced roles, potentially higher salaries and upward mobility in your career that may not be available to those without a master’s degree.

A master’s degree provides the academic foundation required to pursue advanced-practice certification and seek out the highest-paying positions in the nursing profession, which include:

  • Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner

Getting your MSN to take on roles such as these allows you to become an expert in your field and take your career further than you would be able to with a BSN.

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Similar Time Investment

If you have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing discipline, our Direct Entry MSN program makes it possible to earn a quality master’s degree in less than 21 months, which is a few more months of study when compared with most accelerated BSN programs offered today. This slightly higher time investment is worth it when considering all the doors that open for MSN holders.

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Contact us to learn more about the high value of a master’s degree in nursing.