Can you go straight from the bachelors program into a masters program for nursing? Someone told me that you have to get experience first and then return for your masters. Does having a masters degree make you a nurse practitioner? Not that I have a choice...my parents insist that all of their able children obtain masters degrees. But I'm curious as to how it works. My brother has gone straight into his masters program (in electrical engineering NERD! NERD!). I'm trying to catch up with him.
Nov 13, '01
Yes, you can go straight into the Master's program. Actually some programs even combine the Bachelor's and Master's degree into one program. In nursing, students have several options with the Master's degree:
1. Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
2. MSN combined with a Master of Business Administration (MBA)
3. Hospital Administration
4. Nurse Practioner (NP) - either Family Nurse Practioner, or a specialty such as Acute Care NP, Neonatal NP, Pediatric NP, Women's Health NP, Gerontological NP, Psychiatric NP, etc
5. Clinical Nurse Specialist - in many of the same specialties as listed above for NPs
6. Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
7. Certified Registered Nurse Anestetist (CRNA)
Not every school offers all of these options, but they are all Master's degrees in nursing. Hope this helps!
Last edit by shyviolet78 on Nov 13, '01