Advanced nursing education is particularly important to prepare registered nurses for advanced practice specialty roles such as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, and other advanced clinical roles.

Graduate education in nursing includes the master’s degree, postmaster’s certificates and the newly developed doctorate in nursing practice degree.

Master’s prepared nurses are in high demand as expert clinicians, administrators, clinical educators and policy consultants.

In Massachusetts there are a variety of MS Programs as well as Post Master’s Certificates available.

Pathways to a Higher Degree in Nursing include:

» Nurse Practitioner Programs

» Clinical Nurse Specialist Programs

» Clinical Nurse Leader Programs

» RN to MS Programs

» Other MSN Programs

» Certificate Programs

» Direct Entry Programs

» Post Master’s Certificate Programs

» Registered Nurse to Master’s Degree Programs

» Non Nurse College Graduate to Master’s in Nursing (Direct Entry)

» Joint Degree Programs

» MSN / Public Health

» MSN / Pastoral Ministry