Oregon Master's Degree in Nursing

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Oregon MSN Programs

MSN programs in Oregon are a great opportunity for nurses wishing to advance in their career. Though one can become a registered nurse with an associate's or bachelor's degree, a master's degree allows one to specialize in a specific area of nursing and to obtain higher level positions and certification. The first step is finding the right MSN program.

Those who are interested in pursuing an MSN in Oregon have many options to choose from. Some programs are taught in a classroom, while others are entirely online. Students can also choose between full-time and part-time enrollment, depending on their individual needs.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

On-campus MSN programs in Oregon offer structure and a chance to interact in person with other nursing students. Live lectures are another benefit of this program format. For those who prefer to learn in this manner, these programs may be the best option. Students enrolled in a traditional program are expected to attend classes on campus at the time when they are scheduled. This can be a challenge for a busy lifestyle.

Online programs have many benefits. There are many organizations, such as the University of Phoenix, which are well-known for offering online degree programs. These days, even traditional colleges and universities are offering their graduate degree programs online in order to reach a wider range of people and to help working professionals balance getting and education with their busy schedules.

Stevens-Henager College is one example of an online program format. This MSN program offers the option to study either nursing administration or nursing education. Both pathways can be completed in 15 months and completely online. The curriculum consists of 14 courses for a total of 59 credits.

Georgetown University is a familiar name to most, due to the excellent education this organization is known to provide. This MSN program is offered online, allowing nurses throughout the nation to enroll. The program offers the following specialty tracks: AG-Acute Care NP/CNS, Family NP, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator, and Nurse Midwife/Women's Health NP. It consists of 35-49 credit hours and can be completed in 12-24 months full-time or 24-26 months as a part-time student, depending on the chosen specialty.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for Oregon MSN programs may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Official transcripts
  • BSN from accredited program
  • Current RN license
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a "C" or better
  • Current resume/CV
  • Goal statement or essay
  • Letters of recommendation (up to three)
  • Proof of English proficiency for those who do not speak it as a first language

Tuition

Tuition can only be stated as an estimate, as this information is subject to change. The total cost of tuition at Steven-Henager College is estimated at $29,190, including the cost of books.

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800 NE Oregon Street, Box 25
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Portland, OR 97232
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Oregon Health And Science University
700 Southwest Campus Drive
Portland, OR 97239
University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203

Oregon MSN Degree Prerequisites

Oregon nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by ­Oregon Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in Oregon, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in Oregon and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of Oregon RN to MSN programs

Those holding Oregon RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

Oregon MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In Oregon, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the ­Oregon Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of Oregon grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In Oregon, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of Oregon.

Oregon MSN Degree Resources

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