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Many students enroll in master's degree programs so that they can get a job as a manager or as a research participant. Those jobs require more training than standard nursing positions, and they are not available for everyone. Employers look for people who have graduated from an accredited MSN program to lead their teams. Anyone who is interested in this type of job may want to consider an MSN program.
Nurses in Colorado have the choice to get their MSN degree in a traditional setting or to enroll in an online MSN course. There are advantages and disadvantages for both types of programs, so the choice comes down to the preferences of each individual student.
Some students prefer the personal interaction that comes with a traditional classroom setting. This allows them to work closely with other students and stay on a set schedule. Traditional MSN programs are not the perfect for all students, however. Students who do not live near a school that offers an MSN program and students who work full-time often prefer to enroll in online classes.
Online MSN programs offer students the ability to do work when it is best for them and to work from home without having to spend any of their time commuting to class. These programs are ideal for students who are already working as nurses.
Admission requirements for each program are different, but most schools have requirements that are similar to one another. Typical admission requirements include:
MSN programs all cost different amounts to attend. The amount a student has to pay is based on which school and specialization he or she chooses. At the University of Phoenix, the MSN program costs between $20,065 and $28,840. Getting an MSN degree from West Coast University can cost a student between $28,297 and $41,570.
Graduates of MSN programs often become registered nurses and nursing teachers. These nurses often get paid more than nurses without MSN degrees because of their higher level of expertise.