Master Degree in Nursing

Nurses enjoy a high degree of job security, and spend their days making a positive difference in the lives of their patients. Online and distance education nursing master degree programs are great options for working professionals wanting to advance their nursing career or transition into the field of nursing. These programs offer flexible scheduling, allowing students to pursue a degree at their convenience while keeping their full-time jobs.

Master's degree programs are available for students who want to become nationally certified in a particular specialty. The following are examples of popular nursing specialties: nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, and clinical nurse specialist. The Department of Labor reports that there are more than 800 nursing master programs available throughout the United States. Whatever program students select, they will receive traditional instruction in general education and in their area of specialty, as well as hands-on clinical experience.

More healthcare professionals work as nurses than any other healthcare related specialty. During 2012, nearly 2.4 million nurses were employed throughout the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that registered nurses average over $55,000 annually, with many making much more. Nurses with master's degrees usually earn more than nurses with associate or bachelor degrees. While a degree will not guarantee a job or certain income it greatly enhance job prospects and earning potential. Since healthcare is a large portion of the U.S. economy and demand for qualified nurses is consistently high, obtaining a nursing master's degree will open the door to many career new opportunities.

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