And then we have the entry level
Masters in Nursing programs or Direct Entry
Masters in Nursing programs.
These are newer programs on the scene, but
they are like really, really rising in
popularity. These nursing programs are
individuals with a completed non-
nursing bachelor's degree.
would like to pursue becoming a registered
would like to be able to obtain
a masters degree
instead of just tacking on
These courses and programs
are typically like 18
months to three years, depending on if they
are full or part-time.
And upon graduating, you will be able to sit
for your NCLEX-RN.
In most programs
you will also be able to choose a small
specialty, which is usually something like
leadership or organization.
And if your program offers them, your
specialty will be determined by the courses
that you take in addition
to your nursing
programs just offer a generic Master's entry
level nursing courses, while
they will allow you to have a focus, you just
don't really get to pick it.
This is going to become something that you
will want to look into.
If you think you may want to go back
Master's certificate or a degree
Because not all classes
taking in these MSN
Programs will transfer to your next MSN or
of choice. So if you have any inkling that
you may want to go back and dive
into these other programs, make sure that the
credits you are taking here will
transfer to your next program.
That way, you are getting the most bang for
your buck in terms of the courses that you
are taking right now.
Another great benefit of these programs is
that it's easier to get a federal
loan to help you
pay for the degree.
Typically, you can't get a federal
loan for a second bachelor's degree,
like we talked about in the previous section.
But you can get
a federal loan for a master's degree and
the door for
way more financial loan repayment options and
Having your master's degree can
also help open some
For example, your hospital may require you to
have a master's degree if
you want to go into any kind of
And if this is
something that you are remotely
later in your career, having the degree, just
the letters honestly,
will likely help
open doors in your institution
and allow you to take those positions in
But I'm sure you saw this coming.
There are some cons to these situations.
Many healthcare systems
don't actually have any idea what to do with
the MSN component
of your degree. In practice, a registered
nurse is a registered nurse and the role
you play is the exact same
as the RN
next to you with the ADN
BSN. You will also likely be paid pretty much
the exact same amount, if not like
just a tiny bit more.
But what's not the same is how much you paid
for your program.
a bit more than the bachelor's nursing
programs or an ADN nursing program.
So there is
a lot of sunk cost kind
of up front.
Overall, this is a really, really good option
if you are looking to become a nurse as a
second career or a second degree option.
But you want
a federal loan
finance your program, or if you are likely
going to be pursuing a master's degree or a
post master's degree or a doctorate in the
and you kind of want to double-dip with
some of your course credits.
And those, my friends, are the most
that you can become
a registered nurse in the
United States today.
I do want to touch really quickly on an
option that is becoming
Less and less popular.
However, it is still prevalent
in a few states, so I thought it
would be worth
a mention. Let's take a quick minute to talk
about diploma programs.