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Nursing is a highly rewarding career that individuals can pursue with varying levels of education. That being said, there are many educational opportunities that allow a nurse to advance his or her career. MSN programs in South Dakota are a great opportunity to go beyond earning the associate's or bachelor's degree that is necessary for registered nursing. Those who pursue the MSN become experts in the field, and open doors to new career opportunities.
While there are fewer MSN programs in South Dakota than in other more populous states, the internet offers access to many additional programs. Online classes allow students to get an education from home. Applicants should evaluate all options and choose that which best fits.
Though there are few MSN programs offered at traditional colleges and universities in South Dakota, this may still be best for those who prefer a classroom learning environment. Such programs allow students the chance to network and discuss coursework with fellow students. These programs can be beneficial as long as one is able to attend class at the scheduled times.
For those who are working full-time or busy with family and social lives, online MSN programs may be a better option. These programs can be completed in South Dakota, or anywhere else in the country, which also means there are more to choose from. Online MSN programs offer greater flexibility and control over one's schedule.
Capella University and Grand Canyon University are both examples of accredited online MSN program formats. Capella's program gives students the option to specialize in diabetes nursing, general nursing, gerontology nursing, nurse education, or nursing leadership and administration. The curriculum requires students to complete 56-57 credits, depending on the chosen track, as well as 500 field experience hours. The nurse educator and nursing leader and administration tracks are exempt from the field experience requirement.
Grand Canyon University (GCU) offers multiple master's degree programs in nursing, each with its own focus area. These MSN specialties include Clinical Nurse Specialist with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology, Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN with Emphasis in Health Care Informatics, and MSN with Emphasis in Nursing Education. GCU also offers post-master's certification programs for advanced practice. Depending on which track the individual chooses, he or she will be required to complete 36-53 credits and up to 650 supervised clinical hours.
Admission requirements are program-specific, but the following is common:
Tuition varies by program and is subject to change annually. Program cost for Capella University ranges from $21,000-31,875.