With the growing emphasis on highly educated nurses and improved patient outcomes, Nebraska RNs are finding increased value in graduate degrees. Luckily, it's easier than ever for registered nurses in the state to earn a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) through an RN to MSN program. These programs are specifically designed for RNs who currently hold an Associate or Bachelor's degree in nursing, and allow nurses to study either online or in a classroom setting. Upon completion of the program, RNs have the opportunity to enter exciting specialties and earn much higher salaries.

RN to MSN Admissions Requirements in Nebraska

RN to MSN programs in Nebraska may have any or all of the following admissions requirements:

  • ADN or BSN from an accredited institution (degree level requirement varies by program)
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above
  • At least one year of experience working as an RN
  • An unencumbered active Nebraska RN license
  • Successful completion of a background check and drug screen

RN to MSN Courses

The typical RN to MSN program curriculum requires students to take a mix of advanced core nursing courses along with specialty courses for the student's chosen concentration. Common program concentrations include Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner. There is also usually a supervised clinical component required.

Nebraska Wesleyan University, for example, offers the following core courses as part of its RN to MSN program:

  • Health Care Statistics
  • Concepts and Theories in Nursing
  • Critical Issues in Health Care
  • Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Health Care
  • Transcultural Health Care
  • Advanced Nursing Practice

Online RN to MSN Programs in Nebraska

An abundance of online RN to MSN program have started to crop up throughout the country, and Nebraska is no exception. These programs offer maximum convenience and flexibility for busy working RNs, who can complete the degree from the comfort of their own homes. Most online programs allow students to work at their own pace, and clinical hours can be arranged in the student's local area, a plus for those who live in rural parts of the state.

Featured Online School

Clarkson College, based out of Omaha, has an online RN to MSN program which offers a pathway for earning graduate credits while completing a BSN degree. Once all undergraduate requirements are met, students will follow their own custom-designed MSN degree plan. At the completion of the RN to MSN program, many students elect to complete an additional 21-29 credit hours of study in a specialty area, including Nursing Health Care Administration, Nursing Education, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Family Nurse Practitioner.

Admissions and Program Length

Program length is dependent on many factors, including whether a student starts out with an ADN or BSN. Beyond this, part-time or full-time study makes a big impact, as does type of specialization chosen. Many students can complete the degree in 2-3 years of devoted study. Admissions are usually granted in the fall, spring, and summer semesters for traditional RN to MSN programs.

Tuition and Cost of Attendance

While paying for a graduate degree can be a big undertaking, the structure will look familiar to those who have completed an undergraduate degree. Students must account for tuition, mandatory fees, and course materials like textbooks. For example, tuition for the RN to MSN: Nurse Educator program at Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha is estimated at $719 per credit hour. This does not include additional expenses.

RN to MSN Career Pathways in Nebraska

An MSN degree can lead the way to advanced nursing careers, such as:

  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Educator

RN to MSN Salary Comparison

The difference in salary between a registered nurse who has an MSN and one who doesn't can be vast. For example, a Family Nurse Practitioner (a specialty that requires a graduate degree) in Omaha earns a median annual salary of roughly $97,637. By comparison, a general registered nurse in the same city earns a median annual salary of $59,495.

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RN to MSN Listings

A median salary for a nurse with their MSN degree can average about $80,000 per year and increase depending on location, specialty, and experience. These wages go along with career opportunities that include Nurse Practitioner, Critical Care Nurse, Pediatric Nurse, which are only some of the specialty areas that become open to candidates holding an MSN degree. There are a few colleges throughout Nebraska that offer RN to MSN programs, all ranging from full-time, part-time and online studies, these modalities can also be blended to help accommodate a working nurse's professional responsibilities.

Clarkson College
School of Nursing
101 S 42nd St
Omaha, NE 68131
Nebraska Methodist College - Josie Harper Campus
Department of Nursing
720 North 87th Street
Omaha, NE 68114
(402) 354-7049
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Master of Science in Nursing program
5000 Saint Paul Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504-2794
(402) 465-2416
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Online Campus
College of Nursing
S 42nd St & Emile St
Omaha, NE 68198
(402) 559-4109