Continuing Education for Nurses



With the busy schedules that people keep today, it can be hard for them to find time to attend a traditional university to further their education. Continuing your education can be a very lucrative endeavor, so finding a way to do so would definitely be in your best interest. With the possibilities that the internet provides us, there are a lot of worthwhile goals that you can achieve in from home your spare time.

After completing nursing school and earning your BSN status, the next logical thing to do, would be to continue on to the next step and move on from RN to LVN opening up your future to a whole new world of possibilities for you. A master's degree in nursing can open up a wide variety of new more advanced nursing employment options, including many management positions that come with a higher level of education.

One of the many questions that you may have concerning what is involved in taking the courses required to advance from BSN to MSN, is the amount of time that it will require to complete. Most nursing programs consist of a four year program to get your bachelors degree and an additional two years to achieve the highest level of nursing education, which is your Masters degree.

When attending a school with a nursing program, there are three stages of continuing education, beginning with the Associates Degree, after which, if you decide to continue your training, you will need to continue on to your Bachelors, followed by your Masters degree. To begin your education, you will need to complete two years of courses, that are required to receive an Associates Degree. The next level of education that you will reach, will be your Bachelors Degree or (BSN), which will require another two years of education. After yet another two years of schooling, you will have finally earned your Masters Degree, the title of MSN. Any degree in Nursing Science carries with it, the RN status.

Receiving your Masters degree will require approximately 120 to 130 course credits, Depending on which school that you attend. Once you have earned associates degree, earning your Masters Degree will require an additional 66 course credits.

Depending, of course, on the amount of spare time that you have available, most schools (online or traditional university) will allow you to take more than one course at a time. This will allow you to complete your course requirements and earn your degree in considerably less time than if you were to take just one course at a time.

Another major issue effecting many people's decision to return to school, to further their education BSN to MSN, is cost. The cost of attending a traditional four year college to receive a Masters degree of Nursing Science can be quite costly preventing a lot of less fortunate students, or students with slightly less than perfect credit, prohibiting them from getting approved for a student loan. Now, of course, the cost of your tuition will largely depend upon the university that you desire to attend, however, receiving your degree online can be a quite a bit more cost effective and the quality of the education that you will receive can rival that of some of the country's top tradition four year universities.

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