Direct-entry MSN

  1. I'm considering an accelerated MSN program (direct entry for those without nursing experience/background). What types of jobs typically available for those with an MSN but no prior experience? Will pay be same as for other new RN grads with an ADN or BSN? Also what's the typical pay range in my home state (GA) for new RNs?

    I plan to eventually become a CRNA, is it possible for new grads to get into fields like ICU/EM to gain the needed experience?
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  3. by   ASUdevil
    Seems like you're describing two different goals within one approach. What type of MSN are you seeking?
    From what I understand (and I could be wrong), some of these direct MSN programs are geared towards FNP or CNS roles...in those cases I think that having bedside experience as a RN/experience in healthcare would be very helpful, but not absolutely necessary with the right individual and proper training. These roles are not at the same pay scale or scope than ADN or BSN RNs.
    If you're considering CRNA school, that's a completely different professional track. For that option, clinical experience as an ICU nurse is absolutely necessary. As far as I know the only way to become an anesthesia provider without prior clinical experience might be through CAA programs or the med school route.
    And yes, it is possible to get ICU experience as a new grad. I am just not too clear on the type of MSN program you're describing. Is it more like an accelerated post-bac program that awards a BSN at the end?
  4. by   araew2129
    ASUdevil, yes they are similar to the accelerated post-bacc programs. UA has a direct entry master's program called a MEPN. It allows you to sit for the NCLEX and work as an RN, you end up similarly educated to a BSN trained nurse but have a master's in science. To go on to any advanced practice nursing you would need to go back for a DNP.
  5. by   aniretake
    Direct entry MSN is the same i am applying for. It allows non-nursing bachelor graduates get into MSN program and then take NCLEX. But i have same questions as the post starter.
  6. by   meanmaryjean
    Direct entry MSNs without specialization compete for the the same new grad jobs as ADN and BSN new grads- they also get paid the same, making the ROI for these programs sub-optimal.
  7. by   ees2018
    Direct entry MSN is for post grads with non-nursing degrees if you want to become an Nurse practitioner... rather than getting a BSN from a 4-year college, then getting your traditional masters... or doing an ABSN to become an RN. Direct entry MSN is like a ~2-3 year program. First half is taking classes & clinical rotations, taking the NCLEX exam at the end to become an RN, then the second half would be training to become an NP... You also would have to pick which specialty you want (i.e. pediatrics, family, Adult-gerontology, to name a few...)

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