Difference between MSN and MSA degree. - page 2

I have a question for you, guys: what is the difference between MSN degree and Master of Science in Anestesia? I was browsing through a list of colleges and suddenly noticed that some colleges offer... Read More

  1. by   cnmtocrna
    In regards to the Master of nursing or nursing science degree vs. non-nursing degree I have something to add... I have a MN degree from my midwifery program from Emory. The nursing theory part of the program was a minute part of the degree, and it did not rehash undergrad theory. It was actually quite interesting, delving into philosophy, history of nursing theorists, etc. The other non-midwifery courses were research, ethics, and an elective. I think either type of CRNA program is fine, and obviously some people will be more suited for one or the other, but I certainly wouldn't be afraid of being smothered by theory courses. I'll also add that the underpinnings of nursing in any advanced degree is not a fixed, static philosophy - the evolution of the esoteric "science" of nursing continues and is dynamic - CRNA practice defines an aspect of advanced nursing practice, in essence adding breadth and depth to nursing, every bit as much if not more than nursing defines CRNA practice.
  2. by   meandragonbrett
    Would you have to go to a MSN program if you wanted to obtain a DNSc later?

    Brett
  3. by   loisane
    Brett,

    The short answer is ------yes.

    It is possible to get into some nursing doctorate programs with a non nursing masters, but it usually involves some extra work/time/money/etc. Of course, you can alway get a doctorate in something other than nursing.

    So if you are looking ahead to a DNSc, it is much easier to go for a MSN.

    loisane crna
  4. by   CRNA, DNSc
    Loisane, I will have to differ with you.

    In short------------------no. I had a Master of Science (not in Nursing) and the only thing I had to do outside of the normally required prerequistes was one graduate level course in Nursing theory. Best Advice-check with the program where you might want to get the DNSc from and see what their requirements are, then make a decision!!! Good Luck:roll
    Last edit by CRNA, DNSc on Oct 10, '03
  5. by   alansmith52
    yeah get a doctorate in physiology I say and then teach those docs a thing or two.
  6. by   meandragonbrett
    Losiane and CRNA,DNSc

    Thanks for the replies!!

    Brett

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