FAQs: You asked. We answered!Date: June 1, 2016
If you are considering going back to school to earn your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), you likely have a number of questions. At Bradley, we want to be a resource to help you navigate the process as easily as possible. Pursuing your nursing education is an important decision in advancing your career, and we are here to help you every step of the way.
Based on your questions posted on social media, here are our answers to four of your most frequently asked questions:
1. Do I need a bachelor’s degree to start the Bradley online MSN program?
You have a number of options when you enroll in an online nursing program through Bradley:
- Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Administration (ADN/Diploma entry, BSN entry)
- Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (ADN/Diploma entry, BSN entry)
- Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (MSN Entry)
- Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner Track (BSN Entry)
- Doctor of Nursing Practice – Leadership Track (MSN Entry)
If you enter with an ADN or Diploma rather than a BSN, you will need to complete nine credit hours prior to starting master’s-level courses.
2. How long is the Master of Science – Nursing Administration program?
The time that it takes to complete your online MSN degree will depend on whether you are entering with a BSN, an ADN or Diploma. A student who already has a BSN will complete 36 credit hours to finish the master’s degree. The program typically can be completed in two years for students with their bachelor’s degree.
Students who enter the program with an ADN or Diploma rather than a BSN will be required to complete 45 credit hours . The program typically can be completed in about 2.6 years.
To be eligible for financial aid, students are required to take four credit hours per semester.
Need to press pause on your studies temporarily? If you need to take time off for professional or personal reasons, you are able to step out for one semester without having to reapply.
3. What is the price per credit hour?
The price per credit hour in Bradley’s online MSN program is $850, for a total cost of $30,600 for a BSN-entry student and $38,250 for an ADN/Diploma-entry student.
An advantage of the online program is that by being able to do your coursework and complete assignments on your own time, it is much easier to work full- or part-time while also pursuing your education. Consequently, you do not lose out on wages as you would if you took time off from your job to move to a physical location and pursue your degree in person.
4. What about clinicals?
While these degree programs are online, we recognize that nursing is a very hands-on profession. Students entering the MSN in Nursing Administration program with an ADN or Diploma are required to complete 350 clinical hours. BSN-entry students are required to complete 300 clinical hours. Students entering the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program with an ADN or Diploma are required to complete 800 clinical hours. BSN-entry students are required to complete 750 clinical hours. When you enroll in a Bradley online nursing program, you will be able to choose your own preceptors and complete these clinical hours locally, saving you valuable time in your commute and preventing the inconvenience of relocating. The university must approve the health care facility and preceptor.