RN to MSN Programs in Maryland (MD)
Registered nurses (RNs) in Maryland can earn a Master of Science in Nursing, or MSN, through one of several programs. These bridge programs help those without a BSN to prepare for advanced nursing roles.
At Salisbury University, registered nurses with an associate's degree in nursing can complete undergraduate bridge courses to gain entry into the MSN program. Once students are near the completion of their bridge courses, they can begin the graduate component (36 to 39 credits) and earn 30 credits based on nursing experience to earn their Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in either health care leadership or nurse educator.
Stevenson University has an RN to MSN program that consists of online instruction and real-world clinical practice. The program allows working nurses flexibility with most courses lasting eight weeks and the ability to specialize the MSN program and curriculum in nursing leadership/management, nursing education, or population-based care coordination.
University of Maryland, Baltimore
The University of Maryland, Baltimore, offers two MSN program tracks for those who do not have a BSN, the first of which requires applicants to have a non-nursing bachelor's degree and has a clinical nurse leader concentration. The second alternative program is for registered nurses who have qualifying work experience, with or without a college degree. Students in this program can specialize in nursing informatics, health services leadership and management, or community/public health nursing.
Washington Adventist University
Nurses who hold an associate's degree in nursing can enter Washington Adventist University's RN to MSN program which consists of 136 credit hours and a concentration of nursing education or business leadership. Students in the RN to MSN program will need to complete the 91 undergraduate credits with a GPA of 3.0 before moving on to the 45-credit graduate portion of the program in pursuit of the Master of Science in Nursing.
|School Name||Programs Offered||Average Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*|
|Salisbury University||RN-to-MSN||$8,658 in-state, $13,311 out-of-state|
|University of Maryland, Baltimore||RN-to-MSN||$14,550 in-state, $31,703 out-of-state|
|Washington Adventist University||RN-to-MSN||$11,250|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
What Can You Do with an MSN in Maryland?
Graduates of a Master of Science in Nursing program can qualify for a variety of advanced nursing positions depending on their graduate program concentration. Nurses whose program focused in administration, management, nurse leader or healthcare systems leadership are typically more qualified for administrative and leadership roles, while those who have specialized their MSN program in nurse education are more likely to qualify for positions teaching nursing topics in schools and other environments. Students who concentrated in a practice area are usually only qualified to work in that field; an individual who specialized their MSN as a women's health nurse practitioner may only be qualified to work in women's health, and someone whose focus was pediatric nurse practitioner may only qualify to work as a nurse practitioner in a pediatric practice or facility. These advanced positions may require additional licensure or certification as well.
Medical and health services managers, including nurse managers, direct and oversee employees, departments, and sometimes entire facilities. They may be responsible for budgets and compliance, training and scheduling employees, as well as setting and maintaining departmental goals. These positions may require applicants to hold a master's degree in a field such as nursing or healthcare administration. Graduates of an MSN program with a leadership, administration, or coordination focus may possess relevant knowledge and skills in communication, leadership and teamwork, and healthcare policies and technology.
Nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who often specialize in working with certain populations, such as adults or children. Nurse practitioners typically need a master's degree concentrated in their area of practice. A graduate of an MSN program with a family nurse practitioner focus, for example, may qualify to work as a family nurse practitioner, providing primary and cooperative care for patients of all ages.
Postsecondary Nursing Teacher
Postsecondary teachers are educators who may teach and advise students in college and university settings. Many community colleges require applicants to hold at least a master's degree and related work experience. Nurses who have completed an MSN program focused in nursing education may have developed unique skills for educating future nurses and an understanding of what approaches may be most effective in nursing education.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2018)*||Estimated Job Growth (2018-2028)*|
|Medical and Health Services Managers||$99,730||18%|
|Postsecondary Nursing Teacher||$73,490||20%|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Registered nurses can earn an MSN from multiple schools in Maryland. Within many MSN programs, students can choose an area of specialization based on their career interests such as nursing leadership and nursing education.