Master's in Nursing Schools in Connecticut

Regardless of what end goals you have for your nursing career, earning your Master's degree in Connecticut can provide you with the education and skills you need to expand your practice as a professional nurse. Connecticut has recently gone through many legislative changes that affect how Master's-level nurses work, making this state a more supportive environment for advanced practice nurses.

Medscape reports that a law change in mid-2014 allows nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses to practice independently in Connecticut. You still need to have an initial three-year collaboration with a physician; however, after meeting that requirement, you can work without the oversight or supervision of a physician. This freedom of practice extends to many Master's-level nurses, including nurse anesthetists, certified nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners.

If you want to work in the research sector, there's a large nursing research community in Connecticut. The Connecticut Nursing Research Alliance aims to improve care outcomes by defining evidence-based care, support the work of research nurses, and expand the currently-available body of nursing research.

To find out more about your options for Master’s programs in Connecticut, request information from the nursing schools on our site, paying attention to program details, accreditation status and other important factors.

Nursing Schools in Connecticut

There are many nursing schools in Connecticut that offer advanced nursing degrees in specialties like public health nursing, nursing education, nursing management, neonatal care, and patient care services. Most programs start with a core curriculum that all Master's in Nursing students must complete. Typical courses include Advanced Clinical Assessment, Technology in Advanced Nursing Practice, Ethics for Advanced Nursing Practice and Advanced Pharmacology.

After the core classes, each curriculum splits off into its own direction. Nursing anesthetist courses include Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia, Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthetists, and an extensive clinical course each semester. Common courses in a nurse midwifery program include Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology, Prenatal Care in Nurse-Midwifery, and Skills for Nurse Midwifery.

Your program length depends on what kind of education you have. Some programs allow you to enter with an Associate's degree in nursing; this path requires about four years of coursework. With a Bachelor's degree, you may be able to graduate in two years. As Connecticut nursing schools respond to the call to provide seamless pathways for progression in nursing, you will find many different bridge programs available. Select those you are interested in and request program materials to learn more about your specific choice.

Scholarships can make your education more affordable, especially since there are many scholarships that can be renewed. The Connecticut Nurses' Foundation awards seven different scholarships every year. The National Student Nurses' Association funds scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 each. If you are looking for a national program, look into the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program.

Working With Your MSN in Connecticut

There are many exciting career opportunities for masters prepared nurses in the state of Connecticut. A few of these opportunities include careers as a nurse anesthetists or a nurse educator.

According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, many medical professions are in high demand. Occupations that are expected to be in demand between 2010 and 2020 include health educators, anesthesiologists, obstetricians, and primary care practitioners. Now that advanced practice nurses in these fields can work independently, you may be able to fill the need left by the growing demand by getting your MSN in Connecticut.

In particular, primary care practitioners are in short supply across the state. The Connecticut Primary Care Office notes that many urban and rural areas in Connecticut are underserved.

As a nurse anesthetist it is your job to ensure that patients are properly and safely sedated during surgeries and procedures. You will likely be employed in a hospital or surgery center setting in this career. This rewarding job has the potential to pay an annual salary of $178,400, based on 2014 median salary figures (O*net, 2015). The demand for masters prepared nurses in this field is expected to trend upward between 2012 and 2022 by 23 percent (O*net, 2015).

Working as a nurse educator provides masters prepared nurses with the opportunity to pass on their skills and knowledge to nursing students still in school, and staff nurses within a clinical setting. Based on the median annual wage in 2014, nurse educators can potentially make about $77,000 per year (O*net, 2015). There is a 34 percent increase in demand predicted for nurses in this field (O*net, 2015).

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