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How Long Does It Take To Earn an MSN?

Completing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Administration degree program is easier now than in the past. Why? Because you no longer have to physically travel to a campus and sit in a classroom for a set amount of time. Instead, you can enroll in an online MSN program. You can decide when and where you take classes and how long it will take you to complete a program.

How Quickly Can You Complete an Online MSN Program?

Not all online programs are the same, so the time to complete them may differ. Typically, a traditional, on-campus degree program can take full-time students two years to complete, while part-time students may finish in three to four years.

Online MSN programs generally take 18 to 24 months to complete, depending on your enrollment status. Some online programs, like those offered by The University of Alabama in Huntsville, are available 24/7 rather than at specific times, enabling faster completion. The UAH online MSN program in Nursing Administration can be completed in 10-12 months.

What Are the Benefits of an Online MSN Program?

When you pick an online MSN program, you do not have to leave your job or cut back on your family commitments. Nursing students are able to work and go to school while also caring for children and carrying out other obligations.

The flexible online schedule and the elimination of commuting to classes afford students the freedom to study whenever and wherever it is convenient for them. Here are a few other reasons why an online MSN degree program is a favorable choice for nurses.

  • It accommodates the working hours of a nurse.
  • It provides an affordable option compared to a traditional on-campus program.
  • It allows you to set your own study pace.
  • It is acceptable to employers as long as your degree is from an accredited program.

Why Should You Obtain an MSN Degree?

An MSN degree can help you advance in your career and earn a higher income. As a bedside nurse, you may wonder how long you can handle the rigors of delivering care to patients. After years of standing and lifting, many nurses develop leg and back problems. MSN-prepared nurses can move forward in their careers and qualify for leadership positions. These jobs tend to have normal business hours so you can get away from grueling shifts and working on weekends.

If you want to ensure that you have more job opportunities, an MSN degree will help broaden your prospects. Online MSN programs are ideal for working nurses. Nurses do not need additional stress when they are enrolled in a degree program. Online programs conform to a nurse's schedule. Thus, nurses can carve out moments in their day to achieve their educational goal of completing an MSN.

Learn more about The University of Alabama in Huntsville's online MSN - Nursing Administration program.


Sources:

Nurse Journal: 25 Reasons Why to Get a Master's in Nursing

Nurse.org: Advantages and Drawbacks of Getting an MSN

Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees: How Does an Online MSN Compare to a Traditional On-Campus MSN Program?

Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees: How Long Does It Take to Complete an Online MSN Program?

RegisteredNursing.org: Master of Science in Nursing - MSN Degree

Nursing.org: Online MSN Programs

ExerciseScienceGuide: Should You Get Your MSN Degree Online?

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