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A master's degree is one of the highest levels of education that a person can achieve. Anyone who wants a high level nursing job should consider an MSN degree. Graduates of MSN programs are the individuals who lead the nursing field in research, management and education.
Traditional, classroom-based MSN programs in Kansas are beneficial because they allow students to interact face-to-face with instructors and fellow students. Some find that this helps them to learn. The downside of this format is that there are a limited number of programs in-state, and students may have to travel a distance in order to attend classes at the scheduled times.
Online programs do not offer the same face-to-face interaction, but they have been developed to simulate a classroom learning environment. These programs are beneficial because of the flexibility that they offer. Students can complete classes and coursework when it fits their individual schedules. There are many accredited online programs available to residents of Kansas.
Grand Canyon University offers one example of an accredited online nursing program. This university offers the MSN in Clinical Nurse Specialist with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology, Family Nurse Practitioner, Health Care Informatics, and Nursing Education. The degree requires completion of 36-53 credits, depending on the specialty area, and up to 650 clinical hours.
Chamberlain College of Nursing offers another accredited online MSN program. This college offers an MSN and an MSN FNP program. The MSN can be completed full-time in 2 years, and is offered in Education, Executive, Healthcare Policy, and Informatics. This program requires students to complete 36 credits. The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program can be completed full-time in 2.5 years, and requires completion of 45 credits. Students are also required to complete a varying number of clinical practicum hours, depending on the chosen track.
Admission requirements depend on the program, but most online and traditional colleges and universities require students to have a BSN from an accredited program and an unencumbered RN license. Students are often asked to submit official transcripts, letters of recommendation, a resume or CV, an essay or goal statement, and a scholarly writing sample, among other items.
Tuition varies by program, and this information is subject to change. Chamberlain College of Nursing charges $650 per credit hour, and offers a discounted rate of $550 per credit for alumni and military.