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RN to MSN
At a Glance
The RN to MSN program is designed for experienced registered nurses who want to move straight into a master’s degree program. Experienced nurses who hold their RN license can apply their associate’s degree toward an MSN without having to first earn a BSN. Students can expect to find positions as expert clinicians, nurse executives, clinical educators, health policy consultants, and research assistants.
How to Get an RN to MSN Degree
- Complete an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
- Earn a Registered Nurse Certification.
- Enroll and complete a RN to MSN program.
- Obtain NP certification and proper licensure (requirements vary by state).
RN to MSN Program Description
- Programs typically require students to choose a specialty from the start, which gives them the advantage of getting specialized training in their field before they complete their BSN.
- Program prerequisite courses build on previous education such as, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry, sociology, developmental psychology, and health assessment skills, as well as work experience are required as preparation for the graduate program.
- Coursework prepares students to be experts in their field, including roles in administration, teaching, research, and as clinical nurse leaders.
- Curriculum integrates adult-learning principles and identifies prior academic course work, continuing education, and clinical expertise.
Salary and Job Setting
- Estimated Salary: $57,967 – $100,087 (determined by place of employment and area of specialty), according to Payscale.com.
- Job Setting: Private practices, outpatient care centers, nursing homes, hospitals (intensive care unit), neonatal unit, internal medicine clinics, ambulatory care, family practice offices.