Are you interested in a career that gives you the freedom to work independently and improve the lives of Maryland citizens? If so, you may have already considered the field of nursing. If you already have a Bachelor's degree, you can jump right into a Master's degree with a direct entry MSN program, positioning yourself as a nursing leader from the start. A Master's degree may be preferable to a Bachelor's degree, since it allows you to work in a variety of nursing specialties like leadership, research, advanced care, and education.
Contact the schools you see on this page to learn more about entering an accelerated MSN program in Maryland to begin your nursing career.
Earning an MSN without a nursing degree can be demanding, so it's important to realize that a direct entry MSN program is a full-time commitment. To learn more about program specifics, contact the nursing schools in Maryland that offer direct entry MSN degrees to learn more. You can request information directly from our site, and will likely want to compare multiple schools.
Accelerated MSN programs for non-nursing professionals have a long list of prerequisite courses for incoming students. This is due to the scientific nature of nursing; if you do not have the necessary scientific knowledge, you may struggle in an MSN program. Many Maryland schools require coursework in human development, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, and statistics prior to acceptance into the nursing school.
When you've been accepted to a direct entry MSN program, you spend much of your time completing RN coursework and preparing for RN licensure. In this part of your education, you can expect to take classes like Foundations of Nursing Practice, Health Assessment, Pathophysiology, and Integrated Clinical Management. Clinical work is just as important as the time you spend in the classroom, so you may spend your days, nights, and weekends in a local clinic or healthcare facility, getting hands on education and instruction.
After you have successfully earned your Registered Nurse (RN) license, you can begin the Master's degree part of your curriculum. To earn an MSN in nursing leadership, advanced nursing care, nursing education, or nurse research, you may take over 30 credits. Required classes include Leadership for Professional Nursing, Integrated Clinical Management, Population Health Management, and Health Care for Advanced Practice. You may have over 800 clinical hours under your belt by the time you graduate.
As a prospective nursing student, you may be able to claim a number of scholarships or grants to help with your educational expenses. In addition, there may be loan repayment programs for those who do need to take on student loans to cover tuition and living expenses. The Community Foundation of Carroll County awards many different nursing scholarships, including the E. Rita Kolb Nursing Scholarship, the Harbin, Clara M. R.N. Scholarship, and the School Nurses Association of Carroll County Scholarship. The Higher Education Commission of Maryland funds the Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship. There are many school-specific awards available, including the Fuld Fellowship in Patient Care Quality Safety and the Gurtler Scholarship.
In general, a Master's degree in nursing can bring good salary potential along with a satisfying career. Though salary should not play as much of a part in your career decision as your interests, it is helpful to find out what nursing professionals in Maryland earn. Nursing instructors earn an average salary of $81,600 per year in this state, while nurse anesthetists have a median salary of $184,300 per year (O*Net, 2013). Median salaries for other graduate-level nursing professions fall in between these two averages.
Job growth rates in Maryland are very similar across all graduate nursing occupations. O*Net expects job openings for nurse anesthetists and medical managers to increase by 6% through 2022. A growth rate of 7 percent is expected for nurse practitioners and nurse instructors (O*Net, 2012).
You must have your license through the Maryland Board of Nursing before you start your nursing career. Advanced testing and licensure is also required for nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, and clinical specialists.
The many career options available for MSN graduates make this a flexible and promising degree for new nurses! Your dedication to patients and health care can create positive change in the nursing field, and you will likely feel a strong sense of personal fulfillment after graduating. To get started, contact the schools on this page to get program materials so you can compare key aspects of schools and make a decision about your education and career.