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It is easy to become overwhelmed with the decisions one has to make for his or her future. For registered nurses, making the choice about whether or not to pursue a Master's of Science in Nursing should be an easy. MSN programs in Vermont are an opportunity for nurses to set themselves apart from fellow nurses, both in the workplace and on a resume. The programs open doors to more advanced nursing positions, such as advanced practice certification, and can result in a higher salary.
Finding the right MSN program in Vermont can be a challenge because there are so many to choose from. Not only are there options within the state of Vermont, but many MSN programs are online and available to students anywhere in the nation. One way to narrow down the options is to choose a specialization, and only consider programs that offer a particular major. Choosing the right program may be the key to successfully earning an MSN.
For those who prefer learning in a classroom setting and having contact with instructors and fellow students, a traditional Vermont college or university is likely to be the best option. An individual who learns best in this way should choose this type of program so long as he or she is able to attend all classes.
For those who feel that they may benefit from the flexibility of an accredited online program, there are options to choose from. Two examples of online MSN programs that are available to Vermont residents are Capella University and Norwich University, though there are many others.
Capella University's MSN program offers various specialties, including diabetes nursing, general nursing, gerontology nursing, nurse educator, and nursing leader and administration. The MSN program ranges in credits from 56-57, depending on the chosen track. Each specialty also requires 500 field experience hours for degree completion, with the exception of the nurse educator and nursing leader and administration tracks.
Norwich University's online MSN program is, like Capella University, CCNE accredited. Students can choose one of the following two areas of study: Nursing Administration Track or Nursing Education Track. The curriculum consists of 36 credits and can be completed in as few as 18 months. The program also requires students to complete a week-long residency at the Norwich University campus in Vermont prior to graduating.
Admission requirements vary, but the following is common:
Program cost for Capella University ranges from $21,000-31,875, depending on individual's current level of education. The estimated program cost for attending Norwich University's MSN program is $25,071.