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You can take your nursing career to the highest levels within the profession by completing a master's nursing program. A master's degree in nursing can also allow you to specialize in a particular area of interest such as nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, or nurse midwife. A growing shortage of general practitioner physicians is creating opportunities for highly trained nurses to advance their careers by assuming additional duties and responsibilities. Pursuing a master's degree can give you the training and experience that health care providers are seeking.

Master's Degree in Nursing Options

There are various routes you can take to pursue a master's degree in nursing. If you are in the process of earning a bachelor's degree in nursing, you can continue your education with a nursing master program. You can even earn a master's degree in nursing if your undergraduate degree is in a different field, but you may need to take some additional undergraduate courses and get some clinical experience. Registered nurses (RNs) who wish to specialize can choose masters of nursing programs that fit their needs, and it is even possible to pursue online masters of nursing programs. After pursuing a master of science in nursing (MSN) you may chose to become certified in one of the four advanced practice nursing specialties:

  • Nurse practitioner
  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Nurse midwife
  • Clinical nurse specialist


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