ADN to MSN: Here's Why You Should Advance Your Nursing Degree

NursingSeptember 06, 2018

Nursing is a great career and registered nurses (RNs) with an Associate Degree in Nursing can find themselves working in a wide range of specializations, from NICU and ER nurses, to school and operating room nursing, and more. However, to secure most advanced nursing positions, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) will likely be a primary requirement.

If you’re looking to take your nursing career to a new level, such as nurse practitioner (NP), for example, or certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA), clinical nurse specialist (CNS) or certified nurse midwife (CNM), you really should consider a Master of Science in Nursing degree.

Like any graduate level degree, an MSN will be hard work and require an investment of time. However, the degree will provide a deeper knowledge of nursing specializations that can open new career doors.

Getting from an RN to an MSN will involve significantly more training and, naturally, additional schooling. But, as part of one of the nation’s most respected nursing networks, Fortis Colleges and Institutes nursing programs offer an affiliated pathway to your MSN.

Select Fortis campuses offer an Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) program that will be your first step. Then, while working in the profession, RN graduates can take the next step through the Online RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degree program offered at Fortis’ sister school –Denver College of Nursing. A BSN is required for enrollment in an MSN program.

While Fortis doesn’t offer a Master’s-level nursing program, the Denver College of Nursing does. An affiliated program that is part of the Fortis network of nursing programs, Denver College of Nursing’s MSN Online program option is designed for registered nurses who want to become nurse leaders or educators by furthering their knowledge and mastery of nursing. As a distance learning program, Denver College of Nursing’s MSN is the ideal choice for working RNs with a BSN.

To learn more about your RN-to-BSN options or when you’re ready to move up the ladder to your MSN, check out Denver College of Nursing.

The trip won’t be easy but, as a nurse leader, your knowledge and skills will be rewarded in your ability to provide quality care to others and more.