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by canadawali canadawali (Member)

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Hello Nurses! 

I have a BSN in Nursing and am looking to go to the next level and get my Masters in Nursing. I wanted to know what are some legitimate online Masters in Nursing programs that are accredited. It would also be great to know the pros and cons of doing a online masters in nursing program from those who have done it previously. Thank you in advance 🙂

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myoglobin is a ASN, BSN, MSN and specializes in ICU, trauma, neuro.

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There are a plethora of good online programs where you can obtain your Masters (or DNP) in nursing. What's more some of them can be done for less than $500.00 per credit hour. I suggest that one good place to start is US News and World Report https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/nursing/rankings  . You will see that prices range from over 1400.00 to less than $400.00 (where I go at USI).  One thing to keep in mind is that many, perhaps most distance education programs require that you find your own preceptors. However, this isn't a bad thing since it can empower you to find people best suited to your schedule, proclivities and needs.  I for one intend to precept PMHNP students once I have at least a year's experience.  

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not.done.yet is a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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I attended WGU for my MSN in nursing education. Do you know what you want to specialize in?

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Hello again. Thank you for the suggestions. Follow up questions I had were :

1. For the online MS nursing, is there clincials/practicum that needs to be completed? If so, how does that work with online programs? 

2.Does WGU accept students for the spring? 

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myoglobin is a ASN, BSN, MSN and specializes in ICU, trauma, neuro.

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8 hours ago, canadawali said:

Hello again. Thank you for the suggestions. Follow up questions I had were :

1. For the online MS nursing, is there clincials/practicum that needs to be completed? If so, how does that work with online programs? 

2.Does WGU accept students for the spring? 

 

Yes every online program will require clinical.  Most do not provide preceptors, but some do (much more common when you live in the same area as the school).  Not sure about WGU, I had eliminated them despite a friend suggesting them, because they were about $600 per credit hour which was almost double my budget.  

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Hoosier_RN is a MSN and specializes in LTC, home health, hospice, ICU, ER, dialysis.

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On 6/27/2019 at 8:34 AM, myoglobin said:

Yes every online program will require clinical.  Most do not provide preceptors, but some do (much more common when you live in the same area as the school).  Not sure about WGU, I had eliminated them despite a friend suggesting them, because they were about $600 per credit hour which was almost double my budget.   

I never had a clinical there.  You pay a flat rate per semester and knock out as many classes a semester as you wish.  I did mine in 1, some take all 4, so there is no per credit hour charge per se

On 6/27/2019 at 12:22 AM, canadawali said:

Hello again. Thank you for the suggestions. Follow up questions I had were :

1. For the online MS nursing, is there clincials/practicum that needs to be completed? If so, how does that work with online programs? 

2.Does WGU accept students for the spring? 

They accept students to start every month.  I completed my MSN Leadership/Management through them, and did it in one 6 month semester. They are cost effective, very do-able with how you do the work, and accredited.  Check out at wgu.edu for more info

 

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This may be a silly question but does WGU offer a NP program as well? I understand they have the MSN leadership/management degree but what if I want to be a NP

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myoglobin is a ASN, BSN, MSN and specializes in ICU, trauma, neuro.

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2 hours ago, canadawali said:

This may be a silly question but does WGU offer a NP program as well? I understand they have the MSN leadership/management degree but what if I want to be a NP

I'm not sure, but the US News site that I posted above lists in detail the programs offered by each university.  

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Hoosier_RN is a MSN and specializes in LTC, home health, hospice, ICU, ER, dialysis.

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8 hours ago, canadawali said:

This may be a silly question but does WGU offer a NP program as well? I understand they have the MSN leadership/management degree but what if I want to be a NP

you will have to go to wgu.edu and look.  It's not offered in all states, and not all programs are offered in all of the states that it covers, so it will vary. But I know when I graduated that they were going to be offering it on a limited basis soon; of you could do a program and do a post master's NP elsewhere

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not.done.yet is a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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WGU does not have an NP program at this time. 

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Hoosier_RN is a MSN and specializes in LTC, home health, hospice, ICU, ER, dialysis.

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3 hours ago, not.done.yet said:

WGU does not have an NP program at this time. 

Thanks for answering that. I know they've been tossing it around for a few years, and keep saying "soon"

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not.done.yet is a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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Yeah, they have been saying "soon" for years! lol

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