An MSN degree or a Master of Science in Nursing degree is a type of post-graduate program that nursing students can take to become an APN or an Advanced Practice Nurse. As an APN, a nurse can then take on a variety of specialties such as becoming a nurse practitioner a CNM or a Certified Nurse Midwife, a certified nurse anesthetist, or a clinical nurse specialist.

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To enroll into an MSN program, an individual should already have earned a BSN degree or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Most schools offering MSN programs also require applicants to: already have an RN or a Registered nurse license; have a certain amount of clinical experience or previous work experience as a nurse; and meet the minimum GPA and GRE scores that they have set.

MSN programs can usually be completed in two years and is focused on teaching nursing students advanced nursing theory and practice. Depending on your personal career goals, you could also consider taking another nursing program that you can combine with the MSN program you are taking. This can be a good option since doing so would shorten the time it would take you to complete the two programs if you were to take them separately.