Most nurses earn only one more degree after becoming certified.1 If that’s your plan, an RN to Bachelor to Master of Science in Nursing (RN-BS-MSN) degree will give you the best return on your investment of time and money.
The reason is simple. Nurses who have earned their MSN degree have greater knowledge of nursing science as well as nursing management. That increased expertise translates into more career opportunities and higher-paying jobs. For example, nurses who hold RN-BSN-MSN degrees earn about $86,0002 on average, while, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, salaries for RNs are just above $67,000.3 (This figure does not differentiate between RNs who hold BSNs and those who do not.) Therefore, nurses can achieve payback on their educational investment in just a few years.
Save Time and Money
The time savings for completing a bridge program to a master’s degree is worthwhile, too. Completing a BSN degree takes about four years. RNs who hold an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) can earn a BSN in about two years. Completing an RN-BSN-MSN degree takes only about three years of study.4 At Sacred Heart University, this degree program includes a BSN in the process. Therefore, RN-BSN-MSN programs offer the fastest path to graduate-level education. This short time frame is encouraging more and more RNs to bypass earning a separate bachelor of science in nursing in favor of a combined RN-BSN-MSN degree.
Online RN-MSN programs make it easier for working nurses to gain graduate-level education without quitting their jobs. This work-study possibility enables nurses to put their classroom education into practice. It also means nurses can maintain their earning power while studying.
At Sacred Heart University, the combined RN-BS-MSN degree enables many master’s-level classes to be taken at undergraduate tuition rates, helping students save money. State and federal funding also is available for nurses advancing their education.
Pursue Evidence-Based Specializations
The additional education afforded by an RN-MSN degree provides a well-rounded perspective of the increasingly challenging issues facing nursing, and significantly increases career opportunities beyond what is possible with only a BSN. Because nurses’ goals vary, RN-BSN-MSN students have a choice of specializations. At Sacred Heart University, their options are clinical nurse leader, education and administration. RN-MSN graduates also are good candidates for advanced practice positions.
Evidence-based medicine is growing in importance at all levels of health care. RN-BSN-MSN programs recognize this and teach students to understand and apply scientific research, whether they choose careers in patient care, education or health care administration and management. This emphasis prepares students in combined BSN-MSN programs by increasing their health care knowledge as well as their leadership and interpersonal skills. As a result, they have the tools they need to provide better-quality patient care and to succeed in their own careers in today’s complex health care environment.
Pursuing an online RN-BSN-MSN degree is a good choice for nurses interested in improving the quality of patient care and expanding their career options. To learn more about Sacred Heart’s accredited online RN-BSN-MSN degree program, request more information or call 877-791-7181 to speak to a program manager.