I’ve been an RN for 10 years and earned my RN to BSN on campus. To advance to a management position at my hospital and leave direct care, I need a master’s degree. I am familiar with the MSN. What other types of master’s in nursing online are available, and how do I choose? One interest I have is in geriatrics or care for the elderly.
—Kim in Wisconsin
Online Nursing Master’s Degrees
One caveat: to be eligible for an online MSN, you have to already be an registered nurse (RN) with a BSN (bachelor’s degree in nursing), ADN (associate’s degree in nursing) or nursing diploma. As long as your RN license is current, you can enter several programs.
Masters in Nursing Online — Alternatives for Managers
• Online Master’s in Healthcare Administration
• Online Healthcare Master’s — Service Specialty Majors
• Online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare
Some of the most exciting new health management certificates are in areas such as disaster or emergency management, healthcare administration and gerontology.
Vicky Phillips was cited in 2009 by US News & World Report as “for 20 years the leading consumer advocate for online college students.” In 1989 she designed America’s first online counseling center for distance learners on AOL. In 1998 she authored the first print guide to online graduate degrees, Best Distance Learning Graduate Schools put out by the Princeton Review. In 2001 she authored Never Too Late to Learn the Adult Student’s Guide to College.