The Master's degree options for Arizona nurses are as varied and complex as the nurses that hold these degrees. Whether your interests lie in direct patient care, research, leadership, or another specialty field, you can likely put your nursing skills to use in a competitive Master's in Nursing program in Arizona.
Pursuing a nurse practitioner degree—one of the advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) degrees—can lead to many career options with a wide variety of patient populations. Arizona offers full freedom of practice to nurse practitioners. This means that NPs do not have to be supervised by a physician or get physician approval to write prescriptions. As a result, APRNs from across the country are looking to Arizona as a nurse friendly state, where we can positively affect the health of millions of residents.
A recent healthcare research paper reported that patient satisfaction may be linked to higher health costs. As a result, nurses with Master's degrees may play an even more important role in Arizona healthcare. Nurses who specialize in research can find ways to develop evidence-based care policies that maximize patient satisfaction without driving costs too high. Master's degree holders that specialize in leadership, such as Clinical Nurse Leaders, may be able to help nurses, advanced practice nurses, and physicians meet the growing demand for high levels of patient satisfaction.
There are several Master's-level nursing programs in Arizona. Since there are so many different types of Master's degree, your school selection may be driven by the degree offerings at each school. We know that the options can be overwhelming if you do not have a specific specialty or focus already in mind. That’s why we have taken the time to explain the different Master’s in Nursing programs on our site. You can use this website to compare important information from many different schools, to help you decide which graduate nursing program is right for you.
Generally, a Master's degree in nursing requires two years of full-time study. However, many programs run part-time, as they are meant to be completed by working nurses. In fact, many schools have a clinical work requirement and may only accept applicants that have already had at least one year of full-time nursing experience.
Your program may contain 30 to 50 credits of nursing, leadership, and research courses. Nurse practitioner programs may offer different specialties, like neonatal care, psychiatric care, or obstetric care. Other options in Arizona include nurse anesthesia, public health nursing, nurse education, and clinical research management.
The courses included in your curriculum will likely be dependent on what type of graduate degree in nursing you plan to earn. If you go into direct care, you may take clinical courses that put you in contact with local patients and delve into one specific field of care. A nursing research program may require you to read and conduct research in the field of nursing. Nursing leadership, like the other options, builds upon a foundation of evidence-based care, but is more likely to focus on interacting with fellow nurses and becoming a leader in your place of employment. Nearly all Master’s in Nursing programs include courses in business, ethics and healthcare policy.
As you look to return to school, you may be concerned about the costs of tuition, especially if you are still paying on any loans you may have taken for your previous education. Graduate school can be made more affordable by the many scholarships and loan programs offered by Arizona companies and schools. If you take out loans to cover the cost of your nurse educator program, you may be able to benefit from the Faculty Loan Repayment Program, which was designed to facilitate the creation of a strong nursing faculty population across the U.S.. The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program is open to any graduate-level nurses that seek to work in direct care after graduation. The Arizona Nurses Association also awards scholarships of $2,500 each to graduate-level nursing students.
Many nurses call the state of Arizona home, as they enjoy the work opportunities, as well as the sunshine and warm temperatures. With a MSN degree, there are many ways to advance your career as an RN in this state, such as becoming a nurse practitioner or a nurse anesthetist.
As a nurse practitioner you can provide direct care to patients of all ages in a variety of settings. According to the 2014 annual median income of $101,900, nurse practitioners have the potential to earn a 6-figure income here (O*net, 2015). Employment opportunities for nurse practitioners in Arizona are expected to grow by 40 percent between 2012 and 2022(O*net, 2015).
Nurse anesthetists work to provide safe and effective anesthesia to patients. As a nurse anesthetist in Arizona, you have the potential to earn around $136,800 per year, based on 2014 median annual salaries for this career(O*net,2015). The outlook for nurse anesthetists in Arizona is expected to be promising with a 38 percent increase in demand between 2012 and 2022 (O*net, 2015).
Now that you have a basic understanding of what graduate nursing degrees in Arizona are available, you can contact the schools that offer the Master’s in Nursing degrees you are interested in. Keep in mind that we are always here to help, with a Registered Nurse that is available to answer any additional questions you may have about furthering your education. Contact the schools for program materials, and contact us for additional support if you need.
Finally, congratulations on choosing to expand your nursing education and practice! Our families, communities and nation can benefit greatly from your efforts!
To learn more about MSN programs, costs, or working in one of these careers, request more information from Arizona nursing schools.