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MSN – Wellness
At a Glance
If students want to advance in their career as a nurse, one of their best options is to go back to school to get their master of science in nursing (MSN). If students already have a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN), this only adds one to two years of education time to their schedule. Students can also join a bridge program if they only have their associate’s degree to get their master’s degree as quickly as possible. No matter what the current level of education, as a nurse, students should make it their goal to eventually complete a master’s degree program.
One of the reasons why nurses with MSNs get paid more than RNs who just have an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree is that students are able to concentrate on one area of medicine during their studies. Wellness is a very general route to take, and great if students are not sure where they want to work as a nurse.
Courses in an MSN degree program depends on the specific school students choose. All MSN students, regardless of specialize, enter a program in one of four courses — nurse practitioner, clinical nursing specialist, certified nurse anesthetist, or certified nurse midwife. A concentration in wellness prepares students in each of these educational paths.
After students graduate, they have a number of job options in the workforce, as nurses are in high demand across the country. Students qualify for supervisory roles, and can also go into research or nursing education. In some states, nurses can even open their own practice, and going on to get their doctorate degree is also an option available.