Master of Science in Nursing (BSN to MSN): Online Degree

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A variety of online Master of Science in Nursing (BSN to MSN) programs are available that focus on areas, such as teaching, practicing medicine and managing healthcare facilities. Graduates go on to become case managers, nurse educators, nurse managers, nurse practitioners and nurse administrators.
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Reasons to Earn an Online Master of Science in Nursing (BSN to MSN)

If you are a registered nurse (RN) with your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and you are looking to improve your income and career opportunities, then earning your online Master of Science in Nursing (BSN to MSN) may be the answer. Many of these programs are designed for currently employed RNs who have their nursing license; though, full-time programs are available for the recent BSN graduate. Different programs offer different types of academic concentrations, which allow you to better tailor your education towards your own goals. Concentrations include care and outcomes manager, school nursing, chronic illness care, family nurse practitioner and nurse anesthesia.

Career Possibilities

Occupational Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates that overall employment of all types of nurses and medical and health services managers will grow much faster than the average occupation in the next decade.

Salary Information

Salary.com lists median annual earnings for case managers as $58,617; nurse educator salaries as $70,795; nurse manager (a.k.a. head nurse) salaries as $84,067; nurse practitioner salaries as $79,869; and nursing administrator (a.k.a. nursing director) salaries as $105,746 as of April 2008 reportings.

Degree Specifics

Coursework Requirements

The course requirements in an BSN to MSN degree program work to enhance the skills already obtained in a BSN program. The following list represents typical coursework requirements:

  • Advanced Statistics
  • Professional Issues in Nursing
  • Nursing Research and Science
  • Foundations of Integrative Care
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Health Policy and Leadership
  • Transition to Advanced Practice Nursing

Skills You Will Learn

Different schools, programs and concentrations focus on instilling different skills in students (i.e. some programs may focus on training graduates to become teachers while others focus on training graduates to become nurse practitioners.) With that said, common skill sets exist among different programs. The following skills may be acquired by graduates of a Master of Science in Nursing (BSN to MSN) program:

  • Conduct and participate in nursing research studies
  • Use theory learned in class to deliver high-quality nursing care
  • Demonstrate knowledgeable and ethical leadership

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Nursing
      • Accelerated BSN to MSN
      • MS in Nursing - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
      • Master of Science - DNP Adult Nurse Practitioner
      • Master of Science - DNP Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Education
      • MS in Nursing: Nursing Education
      • M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Health Informatics
  • Chattanooga, TN

    The University of Tennessee

  • Online Programs Available
    4. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. in Nursing (MSN) - Nurse Educator
      • M.S. in Nursing (MSN) - Nurse Leadership & Management
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management
  • Iowa City, IA

    University of Iowa

  • Online Programs Available
    6. Davenport University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN
      • Nursing, MSN
  • Burlington, VT

    University of Vermont

  • Nashville, TN

    Vanderbilt University

  • Chicago, IL

    DePaul University

Featured Schools

Purdue University Global

  • MS in Nursing
  • Accelerated BSN to MSN
  • MS in Nursing - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Which subject are you interested in?

Grand Canyon University

  • M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Education
  • MS in Nursing: Nursing Education
  • M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Health Informatics

What is your highest level of education?

Regent University

  • M.S. in Nursing (MSN) - Nurse Educator
  • M.S. in Nursing (MSN) - Nurse Leadership & Management
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Healthcare Management

What is your highest level of education completed?

Davenport University

  • Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN
  • Nursing, MSN

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