An MSN degree can help you expand both your career opportunities and earning power. If you’d like to move into management, an MSN is quickly becoming the minimum education you’ll need to earn that promotion. And if you’d like to specialize in a field like case management, informatics, or infection control, an MSN degree can provide you with the specialized knowledge that employers are seeking.
It’s true that going back to school takes dedication and commitment. Yet earning an MSN is easier than ever, thanks to accredited, high-quality online programs. In today’s world, there are many reasons why it makes sense to earn an MSN degree online.
- Convenience. Most online degree programs aren’t bound by a traditional school-year calendar, so you can manage your schedule in a way that’s convenient for you. At American Sentinel, courses start monthly –check our academic calendar for details.
- Flexibility. If you need to continue working or are managing family obligations while attending school, online learning is perfect for you. You manage your own time and complete coursework at your own pace, with no fixed schedule to adhere to.
- Choice. Online learning has no geographic boundaries, so you’re free to choose the school and the MSN program that best suits your needs, without having to leave your community or your home.
- Time savings. Depending on the program, you may be able to complete an online MSN more quickly than you could in a traditional classroom setting. At any rate, you won’t waste time in traffic or searching for a parking space when you work toward a degree online.
- Money savings. At the very least, you won’t have commuting costs when you attend school online. But in many cases, an online MSN program may cost less than a degree obtained in a bricks-and-mortar classroom. Many schools offer assistance with financial aid, and your employer may also cover some of your educational expenses. American Sentinel has tuition partnerships with many large healthcare employers, potentially meaning that you won’t have to lay out your own cash upfront and wait to be reimbursed.
- Adult learning model. With the current push for nurses to advance their education, large numbers of nurses in their 30s, 40s, and 50s are returning to school – so online MSN programs have evolved to meet the needs of experienced nurses who may have years of clinical experience under their belts.
- Supportive environment. Most online MSN programs provide a wealth of resources to keep students motivated and on track. At American Sentinel, our personal success advisors are well acquainted with our nursing coursework and can help to guide you as you become comfortable with distance learning. Your advisor will be available to you through phone, email, or live chat, and can also help you navigate computer issues, the research process, etc. You’ll also have access to a virtual librarian who can assist you with research.
- Engagement. Current technologies make online learning a rich and engaging experience, through virtual lectures, multimedia content, and message boards. American Sentinel is a highly interactive academic environment. You can interact with professors through email and in weekly group discussion forums – as well as engage with other MSN students in the course discussion forums and on SchoolsApp, where you can join groups, post to forums, and instant message other students. You’ll have the opportunity to network with other nursing professionals from around the country, instead of just those in your town.
- Real world applications. Online MSN programs are often very specialized, with healthcare material that is very current and relevant to the industry today – and instructors that are experienced in their fields. If you’re working while going to school, you’re likely to find ways to apply your new knowledge to your current job immediately.
It’s clear that an MSN degree is becoming more and more valuable for nurses interested in rewarding careers. At American Sentinel University, the RN-to-MSN program is delivered in an online, flexible format. Experienced nurses who hold their RN license (and RNs who hold bachelor’s degrees in other fields) can apply their associate degree toward the MSN without having to first earn a BSN.
American Sentinel offers accredited, online MSN degree programs with focused coursework that helps prepare nurses for a career in case management, infection prevention and control, nursing education, informatics and nursing management and organizational leadership.