Arizona RN to MSN Programs
Due to the increased job opportunities and salary potential it leads to, registered nurses in Arizona are increasingly seeking higher education via a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Whether an RN has completed an Associate's Degree or Bachelor's of Science in Nursing, there are RN to MSN programs to fit their needs. With online and classroom options available, it's now easier than ever to find an MSN program in the state.
Before applying to a program, you'll need to make sure you meet or exceed all admissions requirements, which may include:
- ADN or BSN from an accredited program
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Current RN license in good standing from the state of Arizona
- Completion of any prerequisite courses with minimum grades met
- Three professional letters of recommendation
- A comprehensive statement about the applicant's experiences, interests and goals
Most RN to MSN programs in Arizona consist of a mix of core nursing courses and specialized courses pertinent to a particular track. There is also usually a clinical component with a minimum number of hours required.
As an example, Northern Arizona University offers the following core nursing courses as part of their RN to MSN curriculum:
- NUR 510: Theoretical Foundations
- NUR 530: Advanced Principles of Evidence-Based Practice
- NUR 540: Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses
- NUR 550: Family Nursing Theory and Practice
- NUR 560: Rural Theory and Health Policy
- NUR 675: Advanced Roles Transition
For students who want maximum flexibility, online RN to MSN options are ideal. These programs are offered through accredited local institutions, and typically offer RNs the option of part-time or full-time study. This means that busy RNs can potentially continue working and taking care of personal commitments while they complete their graduate level nursing degree.
Featured Online School
The University of Arizona College of Nursing offers a fully accredited online RN to BSN program, with options for nurses who are entering the program with an ADN or a BSN degree. With an emphasis on Clinical Systems Leadership, students will be prepared to create and implement patient care systems and increase efficiency and safety in the workplace upon completing their degree. The program includes 8-week courses and a 16-week capstone project course with no onsite requirements.
Admissions and Program Length
The amount of time it takes to complete the MSN degree depends mainly on whether a nurse enters the program with an ADN or a BSN. In most cases, RNs with an ADN can expect to complete their degree in roughly 24 months, while RNs with a BSN can complete it in as little as 15 months. Part-time or full-time study can also impact the length. Most online programs offer a few admission points throughout the year, while classroom programs typically start at the beginning of each semester.
Tuition and Cost of Attendance
Tuition and fees can fluctuate based on the school and the type of program chosen (online, in-person, etc.). As an example, the University of Arizona charges tuition of roughly $825.25 per credit (including mandatory fees) for their online RN to MSN program. Keep in mind that students are also responsible for indirect expenses such as books, equipment, and other course materials.
Aside from the increased earning potential, an MSN degree can also open the door to an array of rewarding nursing specialties. The following are some nursing career opportunities that may be possible upon completing an MSN:
- Clinical Care Coordinator
- Infection Control Manager
- Patient Navigator
- Nurse Administrator
RN to MSN Salary Comparison
The investment in an MSN degree tends to pay for itself fairly quickly. For example, a nurse practitioner in Phoenix, Arizona earns an average salary of $100,473. Compare this to a standard registered nurse in Phoenix, who makes an average salary of $61,239. With some time and dedication to furthering education, financial growth can be achieved.
- Arizona State Board of Nursing
- Arizona Nurses Association
- The Southern Arizona Advanced Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner Society
- The Arizona Nurse Practitioner Council
Options for moving from RN to MSN in Arizona can be found throughout several colleges within the state, programs being offered as traditional on campus courses, as well as online delivery methods or a combination. Courses being offered in most schools have the ability to be as flexible as the candidate needs to work around busy schedules and professional responsibilities. Taking the time out to earn your degree can also allow for you to obtain more specialized qualifications, but can also allow for you to earn more annually.
Grand Canyon University
College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
3300 West Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017
Northern Arizona UniversityOnline
School of Nursing
202 East Pine Knoll Drive, PO Box 15035
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
University of PhoenixOnline Campus
Division of Nursing
1625 W Fountainhead Pkwy
Tempe, AZ 85282
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