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RN to MSN Bridge Programs in Louisiana

Associate's and Diploma educated registered nurses in Louisiana are eligible to apply to RN to MSN programs. RN to MSN bridge programs include the prerequisite baccalaureate courses as well as the clinical and didactic courses to meet BSN and MSN graduation requirements. Some programs present both the BSN and MSN diploma upon graduation and others will just present the MSN. The Louisiana Nursing Education Articulation Model and other credit transfer policies allow students to complete the RN to MSN program within three years. The RN to MSN programs listed below include specialization and accreditation information.

RN to MSN Online Programs in Louisiana - No Residency Restrictions

RN to MSN programs are few and far between in most states including Louisiana, however online programs have made accessible the RN to MSN degree in almost every state. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is a proponent of the distance learning RN to MSN format due to the accessibility to higher education it brings to the rurally located nurses as well as working nurses and others that need flexibility in their schedule in order to pursue higher education.

Nursing education, administration and informatics are the most common specializations for RN to MSN programs, but advanced practice specializations are offered by some nursing schools. The RN to MSN educator track has proven to be an efficient route for bringing younger nurses into the nursing faculty at colleges and universities around the country. The master's level education is enough to become nursing faculty at schools offering entry-level nursing education and is the necessary education needed for entry to doctorate programs.

Registered nurses with an MSN or MN degree made an average hourly rate of $43.00 according to the Advance for Nurses 2009 Salary Survey. Hourly rates will vary significantly based on location, facility, experience and other factors. This is great incentive to pursue an MSN based on the salary survey's finding that ADN educated nurses made an hourly rate of $28.50 and diploma educated nurses made an hourly rate of $19.00. RN to BSN programs can be completed in as little as 12 months, if you are interested in a shorter program, read about the RN to BSN programs in Louisiana.

(Sources: AACN website, Advance for Nurses website)

Schools Based in Louisiana Offering RN to MSN Programs

Loyola University New Orleans - School of Nursing

Loyola University New Orleans offers an MSN - Health Care Systems Management and an MSN - BLEND (RN MSN) program designed for RNs to enter the MSN program without a BSN. These programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

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Louisiana State University - School of Nursing

Programs Offered: MSN - Nursing Administration, MSN-Community Health Nursing and MSN - Advanced Practice Nursing (Specializations: Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult Health Nursing and Psychiatric and Community Mental Health Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia and Nurse Practitioner - Neonatal Nursing and Primary Care Nursing, BSN, RN to BSN, RN to MN, DNP

1900 Gravier Street, 4th Floor, New Orleans, LA 70112, PH: 504-568-41067

Schools Offering Online RN to MSN Programs in Louisiana

Capella University Online

Programs: MSN - RN-to-MSN Diabetes Nursing (CCNE-accredited), MSN - RN-to-MSN Nurse Educator (CCNE-accredited), MSN - RN-to-MSN Nursing Leadership and Admin (CCNE-accredited), MSN - RN-to-MSN Nursing, General (CCNE-accredited)

Capella University

Programs: RN-to-MSN Diabetes Nursing (Online), RN-to-MSN General Nursing (Online), RN-to-MSN Gerontology Nursing (Online), RN-to-MSN Nurse Educator (Online), RN-to-MSN Nursing Leadership and Administration (Online)

Frontier Nursing University

Program: ADN-MSN Bridge - Nurse-Midwifery (Online)

Gonzaga University

Program: RN to MSN (Online)

Grand Canyon University

Programs: MBA and MSN - Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge) (Online), MSN - Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (Bridge) (Online), MSN - Public Health (Bridge) (Online)

Loyola University New Orleans

Program: BLEND Program (MSN Bridge)

Regis University

Programs: RN to Master of Science in Nursing - Education (Online), RN to Master of Science in Nursing - Management (Online)

South University

Programs: Accelerated RN-to-MSN (Online), Accelerated RN-to-MSN - Nurse Educator (Online), RN-to-MSN - Nurse Administrator (Online), RN-to-MSN - Nurse Educator (Online), RN-to-MSN - Nursing Informatics (Online)

Western Governors University

Programs: M.S. Nursing - Education (RN to MSN Option) (Online), M.S. Nursing --Leadership and Management (RN to MSN Option) (Online)

Gonzaga University

Programs: RN to MSN - Health Systems Leadership, RN to MSN - Nurse Educator

Grand Canyon University

Programs: Bridge to MS in Nursing: Nursing Education (RN License Required), MBA and MS in Nursing - Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge), MS in Nursing - Health Care Informatics (Bridge), MS in Nursing - Leadership in Health Care Systems (RN License Required) (Bridge), MS in Nursing - Public Health (Bridge)

Herzing University

Program: Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Bridge

Loyola University New Orleans Online

Program: BLEND Program (MSN Bridge)

Nebraska Methodist College

Program: RN to MSN / Educator or Executive

South University

Programs: Master of Science in Nursing - Accelerated RN-MSN, Master of Science in Nursing - Accelerated RN-MSN - Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science in Nursing - Accelerated RN-MSN - Nurse Educator

Western Governors University

Programs: M.S. in Nursing - Education (RN to MSN Option), M.S. in Nursing - Leadership and Management (RN to MSN Option)

Frontier Nursing University - Distance Education

The Frontier Nursing University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

Programs Offered: ADN - MSN Bridge Nurse Midwifery (accredited by ACME). FSMFN also offers an online DNP program accredited by the AACN.

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