Masters degree is it worth it. - page 2

im just wondering if having a master of arts in nursing degree,would be beneficial or accredited when i work in america? (im from the philippines) coz im currently studying my MAN in Ateneo. please... Read More

  1. by   suzanne4
    Quote from bsnrnmd
    please explain suzzane4, i cant understand this statement: It will not eatn you any more salary when coming to the US as you will not have had any US experience.

    When you first arrive in the US, you will not have any current work experience in the US. The Master's degree can help you move up quicker in the long run, but it will not change anything when you first come over.

    For the most part, MSN nurses that are in that role, are working as clinical educators, clinical specialists, advanced practice nursing positions, etc.

    For the above, you need the clinical experience to back you up. Would be the same as if you just got out of a direct entry masters in nursing program that are being offered in the US. They do not have the clinical experience and start off in the staff nurse role and then can advance there. The idrect entry programs only prepare them for the generic degree, they do not give them any advanced training.

    Clinical Nurse Specialist, as well as Nurse Practitioner actually require additional licensing requirements in each state. As well as additional courses from what you have taken.

    That is why I have stated what I have.

    Unless you come over with years of clinical experience, and I mean significant years from the Philippines, you will be started at a new grad rate. The training and the job requirements are quite different in the Philippines from the US. As an RN in the US, you have many more responsibilities.
  2. by   XIGRIS
    [QUOTE=bsnrnmd;2094700]please explain suzzane4, i cant understand this statement: It will not eatn you any more salary when coming to the US as you will not have had any US experience.[/QUOT


    This is true... although if I were you while waiting for your papers, I will take the MA in Nursing. I should have when I was there. I had the desire to do it but I thought I'd wait untl I come here. However, as I start earning I ended up getting lazy and plus, my brain cells were getting older ( I came to US when I was 22 ) so I decided I won't go back to school anymore.... not until 2004... anyway, I would take the courses and like what suzzane have mentioned.. when you have a masters you can climb up the ladder quicker.

    Is this Ateneo de Zamboanga University you are referring too?
  3. by   juan de la cruz
    Just found out that I missed an opportunity to chime in on this one. Have been weaning myself off of allnurses.com for a while as I think I am getting too addicted (LOL). Anyways, Suzanne pretty much covered everything and I totally agree with what she wrote.
  4. by   suzanne4
    Quote from pinoyNP
    Just found out that I missed an opportunity to chime in on this one. Have been weaning myself off of allnurses.com for a while as I think I am getting too addicted (LOL). Anyways, Suzanne pretty much covered everything and I totally agree with what she wrote.

    Thank you for the input.
  5. by   ZacharyBinx
    hi bsnrnmd : as far as I know Ateneo doesn't have a Master of Arts in Nursing Program better ask the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health.

    University of the Philippines (UP) and University of Santo Tomas (UST)'s Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) program are accredited in the US. you just have to apply for conversion of units ;-)
  6. by   lunatic_nars
    So there's no need to worry..I thought only MSN is accepted in US..I am currently enrolled at UST..knowing that there is such a thing called "conversion of units" I am now at peace..before I have this idea of transferring to other university to have a MSN degree. Being in a graduate school is not that easy...By the way, do you know the total units required if I will apply for conversion of units? is having 42 units..a MAN holder already a candidate or there are other credits to earn in US? thanks,,
  7. by   ZacharyBinx
    Hi Chitchiritchit - Small world... I'm currently enrolled at UST as well.... Well Mam ********* was the one who confirmed that UST and UP MAN Graduates can apply for conversion of units.... ;-) Let's ask her ;-)
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Jul 31, '10 : Reason: please do not post contact names
  8. by   mel_mars
    hi chitchiritchit and ZacharyBinx: im planning to enroll for MAN or MSN in UP or UST. Could you please give me the requirements or admission criteria.? or a website to check... thanks a lot.....
  9. by   lunatic_nars
    MAN-UST/UP
    MSN-UERMMC

    UST-Graduate School Requirements: MAN

    *TOR with General Weighted Average not lower than 2.0
    *2 recommendation letters
    *Passport size picture
    *Any document stating that you are a board passer

    Visit the office at Thomas Aquinas Research Complex for other details.


    I recommend that you choose your school wisely.. ^_^ It is not an issue whether to take MSN or MAN..
  10. by   mel_mars
    ohh.. thanks a lot...
  11. by   felicitypaul
    Wow! Great, that's a high profile institution. I inquired there but they need 1 year experience, unfortunately I didn't qualify.So, I enrolled in St. Jude College..MAN major in Nursing Administration.
  12. by   Ms.Understood
    Goodevening! May I ask if what are the requiremnt for MAN in UST? Do you need hospital experience? And is it necessary that you have a 2.00 Average? Thank you. Godbless!
  13. by   brigz
    Ms. Understood: you dont need hospital experience in UST.

    afaik, the schools that requires hospital experience are

    UP and PLM- at least 1 year PAID hospital experience (not volunteer)
    PWU- 2 years hospital experience

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