Online Education for Advanced Practice Nurses

Nurses seeking career advancement to roles such as nurse midwife or nurse anesthetist can pursue online education in advanced practice nursing. Keep reading to learn about training and education options, prerequisites and certification and licensing requirements. See what the career outlook and earning potential are. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Online Degrees Are Available for Advanced Practice Nurses?

Advanced practice nurses are members of a nursing team who have advanced knowledge and specialized training. In order to become an advanced practice nurse (APN), you will need to complete a master's degree. You can choose to specialize in one of four areas; these may lead to becoming a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), certified nurse midwife (CNM), clinical nurse specialist (CNS) or a nurse practitioner (NP).

Degree programs are available online in all four specializations; campus-based programs with online components are also an option. However, even if you complete coursework online, you'll still need to complete your clinical experience in person.

Online Degree Options Master's degree in nursing with specializations in nurse anesthesia, nurse midwifery, clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner; all programs have in-person requirements
Prerequisites Bachelor's degree, minimum GPA, current nursing license; specific prerequisite coursework sometimes necessary
Licensure Licensing and certification criteria vary by state, though most states require completion of a master's program in nursing and an exam
Possible Salaries (2016)* Advanced registered nurse practitioners - $73,166 to $111,900,
Clinical nurse specialists - $61,277 to $122,051

Source: *Payscale.com

What Are the Prerequisites?

To apply to an advanced practice nursing master's degree program, you'll need a bachelor's degree from an accredited nursing program. A minimum undergraduate GPA, typically a 3.0, may also be required. In some cases, if you don't meet the GPA requirement, you can take additional courses until you've raised it. You will also need to have a current nursing license. Some programs require applicants to have completed prerequisite courses, such as statistics, physical assessment or a course in research within a certain time period before applying.

Will I Need a License to Work in Advanced Practice Nursing?

After graduating, you will need to be licensed in your desired state of employment through that state's nursing board. Every state has different licensing and certification criteria, but these typically include completing an accredited master's degree.

What Can I Do with My Degree?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment opportunities for nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and nurse practitioner are expected to increase 31% between 2014 and 2024 (www.bls.gov). The BLS also notes that advanced practice nurses in all four specialty areas are also expected to be in high demand, especially in rural areas and inner cities where they may work as primary health providers.

Salaries for advanced practice nurses vary depending on different factors, such as specialty, location and employer. As of 2016, salaries for advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP) ranged from $73,166 to $111,900, while salaries for clinical nurse specialists (CNS) ranged from $61,277 to $122,051, according to Payscale.com.

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