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 or a master of science in nursing?

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? Because the higher the education, the more successful the patient outcomes. One might also assume the healthcare industry is moving in a direction where an associate degree in nursing could eventually become obsolete.

Marquette nursing student with pediatric patient

Plus, 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

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. In fact, the highest paying nursing jobs—nurse practitioner, and nurse midwife —require an MSN degree with relevant post-degree certification.

MSN vs. BSN Time Commitment

Concerned about the time it will take to earn a master’s degree in nursing? Don’t be. 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. That’s just a few more months of study when compared with most of the accelerated BSN programs offered today.

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

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