New York RN to MSN Programs
Savvy New York RNs know that to achieve advancement in their nursing careers, a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is a valuable tool. Luckily, there are a variety of RN to MSN programs in the state designed specifically for this purpose. Whether you are a nurse who currently holds an ADN or a BSN, there's a program out there to fit your needs. Those who complete a graduate degree in nursing can enter highly-skilled specialized career fields in nursing education, administration, and more.
Due to the competitive nature of some RN to MSN programs, spots in coveted schools can be hard to get. It is recommended that students meet or exceed all entrance requirements, which may include:
- Prior completion of an Associate's or Bachelor's degree in nursing (degree level will vary by program)
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Minimum one year of clinical experience as an RN
- Personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
A traditional RN to MSN program geared toward those with ADN will require "bridge" courses to get them to the baccalaureate level. From that point, and for those who already hold a BSN, students take a mix of advanced core courses and specialty courses. These specialty courses generally relate to a nursing concentration of the student's choosing, such as Nurse Anesthetist. Most schools offer at least a few specializations to choose from for those who want to enter niche nursing areas.
Stony Brook School of Nursing, for example, offers the following courses as part of its RN to MSN program:
- Population Health Nursing
- Organizational Leadership and Role Formation
- Quality Improvement, Safety and Healthcare Technologies
- Healthcare Policy and Advocacy
- Clinical Epidemiology
Those in need of a more flexible graduate program can opt for an online RN to MSN program. These programs offer the same rigorous academics as classroom-based programs, but allow students to complete the coursework from a computer and generally at their own pace. This makes it ideal for busy RNs who wish to continue working while completing their degree. The clinical requirement of most online programs can usually be arranged in the student's local area.
Featured Online School
Excelsior College, based out of Albany, offers an accredited online RN to MSN program. Students enrolled in the program can choose from the following nursing concentrations: Nursing Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems, Nursing Education, or Nursing Informatics. Excelsior's online format makes it possible to fit nursing courses into almost any work schedule, and students are able to interact with fellow students via online communities. Upon completion of the program, students will have earned two nursing degrees (BS and MS) in a single, integrated program.
Admissions and Program Length
The total length of an RN to MSN program is hard to pin down, due to many variables. Part-time or full-time study, specialization chosen, and how many credits each particular student needs will all impact the time it takes to complete the degree. Admissions are commonly granted at the beginning of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters for campus-based programs. Online programs may offer more frequent admission points.
Tuition and Cost of Attendance
Expenses related to attending an RN to MSN program are structured almost identically to those of undergraduate programs. Students will need to cover the cost of tuition, fees, and course materials. As an example on cost, the MSN program at St. John Fisher College in Rochester runs about $15,260 per year for students living with family, and $25,910 for those living off-campus. Financial aid, and/or scholarships, are typically available to well-qualified applicants.
Upon completing a graduate degree in nursing, RNs have the opportunity to enter exciting nursing specialties, such as:
- Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Educator
- Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Administrator
RN to MSN Salary Comparison
Along with advancement and coveted career titles, nurses with an MSN also have the potential to earn much higher salaries. For instance, an MSN-educated RN in New York City earns an annual median salary of about $100,600. By comparison, a general registered nurse in New York City earns an annual median salary of roughly $72,658. This substantial difference is enough to convince many RNs to at least consider earning a graduate degree.
- New York State Board of Nursing
- New York State Nurses Association
- The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State
- Nursing Students' Association of New York State
Earning potential for MSN nurses in the state of New York can average around $100,000 per year, and there is potential for the pay scale to increase with location, specialty, and experience. RN to MSN programs are offered at a number of different colleges throughout the state. Methods of course delivery include traditional in-class, online and a combination of both, making it easier to work around responsibilities, as well as choose the method of delivery that best suits your professional and personal needs. Become a pediatric nurse, clinical nurse leader or researcher after you have graduated from an MSN program and reap the rewards of professional satisfaction.
Find RN to MSN Programs By City:
School of Nursing
320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
4380 Main St
Amherst, NY 14226
School of Nursing
7 Columbia Cir
Albany, NY 12203-5159
SUNY Empire State CollegeOnline Campus
School of Nursing
Two Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
SUNY Polytechnic InstituteCampus
College of Health Sciences
100 Seymour Rd
Utica, NY 13502
SUNY Upstate Medical UniversityCampus
College of Nursing
750 E Adams St
Syracuse, NY 13210
The Sage CollegesCampus
Department of Nursing
65 1st Street
Troy, NY 12180
University of RochesterCampus
School of Nursing
255 Crittenden Blvd
Rochester, NY 14642
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