Why Choose Advanced Practice Nursing?

Nurses are working to provide direct health care to patients like never before as physicians become more specialized and an increasing number of patients require health care leaders to coordinate care and administer treatment. There’s also a growing body of evidence that shows our nation’s desire for nurses with a BSN degree or higher as a way to improve health care delivery, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

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This indicates a new model of health care in which nursing leaders are needed to step up and fill the widening gap created by an ever-evolving health care market. Under this evolving paradigm, patients will have more direct access to a nursing advocate, while nurses meet care needs on an elevated level.

With nurses expected to be in high demand for years to come, including in areas of advanced practice, you may want to continue a post-master's certificate after you graduate from nursing school.

With a BSN or MSN, you can pursue post-degree certification in a wide variety of specialty areas. Certifications are a great way to advance your career prospects, increase career opportunities, and access the positions you are looking to break into. We offer several certificate options for graduates of our Direct Entry MSN program or current registered nurses (RNs) to pursue an advanced nursing specialty, including:

  • Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (Adult or Pediatric)
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Health Systems Leadership
  • Nurse Educator
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Contact us to learn more about how our Direct Entry MSN program is a great first step toward pursing advanced practice nursing.