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Nursing is a field that offers exciting opportunities and challenges, and is also fast growing. While one can work as a registered nurse with an associate's or bachelor's degree, earning a master's degree in nursing drastically increases one's job possibilities. MSN programs in Maryland offer the education nurses need in order to take their careers to the next level.
Maryland residents can enroll in MSN programs either online or in a classroom. These programs have both similarities and differences. Applicants have to determine their areas of specialty while looking into programs so that they can pick one that will best accommodate their career goals. Graduates typically go on to become certified in an advanced practice specialty, or to become educations or managers. The first step in earning an MSN is to choose a program.
Traditional, on-campus MSN programs available in Maryland allow students to learn in lectures taught by live professors. This program format gives students an opportunity to network with fellow students. Many also value the face-to-face contact with an instructor which makes him or her appear to be more accessible. The downsides to these programs are that there is a small number of students admitted each year and students are required to travel to campus at specified times in order to attend classes.
Online programs do not allow students to have face-to-face contact with instructors and fellow students. This program format attempts to mimic traditional programs in order to be as effective as possible, and many people have great experiences with distance learning. Online programs provide greater flexibility, as students can complete classes and coursework at any time around the clock, and anywhere in the country. For some, these programs are much easier to balance with a busy schedule.
One accredited online MSN program is that Maryland residents can take advantage of is that offered by Georgetown University. This program allows students to choose from the following areas of study: AG-Acute Care NP/CNS, Family NP, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator, and Nurse Midwife/Women's Health NP. Students are required to complete 35-49 credits over 12-24 months full-time or 24-26 months part-time, depending on the chosen specialty.
Capella University's online MSN program also offers many specialties, including diabetes nursing, general nursing, gerontology nursing, nurse educator, and nursing leader and administration. This MSN curriculum ranges from 56-57 credits, and most specialty tracks also include a clinical component.
The following admission requirements are common for both online and on-site MSN programs:
Tuition varies by program. Current cost information can only be used as an estimate, as this information is subject to change annually.