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Masters in Nursing in USA: An Overview

Komal Yadav Komal Yadav
Study Abroad Expert

Masters in Nursing in the USA require two years to complete and is offered by over 350 institutions. To apply for this program in universities of the USA, students are required to have a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree and a Registered Nurse (RN) license. 

  • The top three universities offering Masters in Nursing in USA are the University of Pennsylvania, John Hopkins University and the University of Washington.
  • A Masters of Nursing graduate can work as a nursing consultant, research nurse, nurse educator, nurse administrator, advanced nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist and many more.
  • The salaries of nurses in the USA range from 36,600 USD to 110,000 USD per year. 

Why Study Nursing in USA

Nurses are the backbone of healthcare in the USA and there is a growing need of qualified nurses to promote health and wellness to all people. USA remains the world’s most popular destination for international students: 

  • Registered Nurses earn at least 71,730 USA in a year in the USA
  • Employment of Registered Nurses (RN) is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • There are many nursing programs available for international students in the USA like Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Associate Degree in Nursing (AND) program, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist program (CRNA) etc. 
  • The Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) states that the demand for nurses in the US will rise by 26% by 2020.
  • Types of jobs available with a Masters in Nursing degree include nursing consultant, research nurse, nurse educator, nurse administrator, advanced nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist. 

Top Colleges offering Masters in Nursing in USA

The top universities offering Masters in Nursing in USA, according to QS News Ranking 2020 are: 

2020 QS RankingUniversityAnnual Fees (in USD)
1University of Pennsylvania$44,376
3John Hopkins University$61,638
4University of Washington$26,200
6Yale University$55,500
10University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill$23,434
11University of Carolina, San Francisco$11,442
12University of Michigan Ann-Arbor$24,022
15Duke University$21,090
20Columbia University$84,700
21New York University, NYU - Rory Meyers College of Nursing$25,232
23University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)$31,949

Masters in Nursing in USA: About the Course

A Masters course in nursing equips a student with skills and advanced training to give high-quality nursing care in a specialized role such as a nurse practitioner. 

A Student pursuing a Masters in Nursing will focus on one of the four advanced practice areas: 

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)

Admission Process for Masters in Nursing in USA

Registered Nursing (RN) license and a bachelor's degree in nursing is must to apply for masters in nursing in UK. 

Where to Apply: Students can apply to masters in nursing in USA directly via the university’s website. 

Application Fees: Most of the universities of the UK charge an application fee between $50 to $120 for masters application. 

Eligibility for Masters in Nursing in USA Admission

  • Bachelors in nursing from the USA or any other country
  • An average of Grade B or 3.0 GPA or 80% in bachelor's degree
  • GRE test score (not mandatory)
  • Registered Nursing (RN) license

English Proficiency Requirement for International Students

Proof of English language proficiency is required from applicants who are not from an English speaking country or whose language of instruction in previous years of education wasn’t English. Minimum score requirement is given below: 

  • TOEFL (iBT): 100
  • IELTS: 7.0

Visa Requirements for International Students

There are 3 types of student visas in the USA depending on the duration and type of course applied for – F visa, M visa and J visa.

F1 visas are for students who pursue an academic degree at the USA accredited university or college or want to study English at a university or English institute. These are of 3 major types: 

Visa typeDescription
F-1 VisaFor full-time students. They can work for 20 hours a week on-Campus.
F-2 VisaFor dependents of F-1 visa holders. (spouse or children).
F-3 VisaFor Mexican and Canadian students who stay in their home country while attending full time or part-time courses in the USA.

Cost of Studying of Masters in Nursing in USA

Studying abroad can be quite expensive for a student as it comes with many costs associated with it. These can be broadly divided into three parts: Pre-arrival Cost, Tuition Fees and Cost of Living. 

Pre-arrival Cost

An estimate of pre-arrival expense is tabulated below: 

Types of ExpenditureFees (in USD)
IELTS fee$215-$240
TOEFL fee$180
GRE fee$205
Transcription cost of prior educational certificates (For Masters students)$80
One way flight fare$700
Visa application fee$1200
SEVIS Fee$200
Tuition fees of Masters in Nursing in USA

Cost of Living in the USA

Estimated living cost for the US is around $10000 to $12000 per year, which averages around $700 to $1000 per month. This includes the student’s accommodation costs, room, and board, food, travel, textbooks, clothing and entertainment expenses.

ItemsMonthly Charges (in USD)
Accommodation$ 200
Electricity$ 20
Groceries (home-cooked meals)$ 150
International Calling Cards$ 15
Home Internet$ 15
Cell phone$ 50
Restaurant Meals$ 75
Entertainment$ 100
Car Insurance$ 100
Petrol For Car$ 75
Weekend Activities$ 100
Shopping$ 100
Total$ 1000

Additional Costs

Students should be able to meet the following costs when they are studying in the US. Costs may increase by about 5to7% per year due to inflation and external factors.

  • Travel expenses between India and US during vacation time
  • Large purchases, such as PC, furniture, or even a rental car etc.
  • Medical expenses not covered by health insurance, e.g. dental care, eye care, cosmetic treatments
  • Additional summer expenses - room and board, grocery costs for the summer months.
  • Additional expenses such as off-campus transportation
  • Entertainment, social outings, weekend trips

 Scholarships for Masters in Nursing in USA

The scholarships for international students in USA that will help a student to pursue Master’s of Nursing (MSN): 

After College/AACNAfter College$2,5000March 31 2020-
Joseph Hageman Memorial ScholarshipCarolina East Foundation$ 3000May 1 20203.0
NURSE Corps Scholarship ProgramHealth Resources and ServicesTuition fee/stipendMay 1 2020-
National Health Service Corps Scholarship ProgramsNational Health Service Corps (NHSC)Tuition fee/stipendApril 23 2020-
Castle Branch-GNSA (Graduate Nursing Student Association) ScholarshipCastle Branch GNSA$2500Sept 30 20203.5
F.A. Davis Scholarship: Shaping the Future of Nursing and Health Service EducationF.A. Davis and Company$1000March 31 20203.0
A Place for Mom’s Senior Wisdom Video ScholarshipA Place for Mom$2000May 1 2020-
Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP) Nursing ScholarshipAmerican Association of Colleges of Nursing$5000April 30, 20203.2
Future Nurse Scholarship ProgramHospital Careers$1000September 1, 20203.3
EduMed Graduate ScholarshipEduMed$500March 31, 2020-
EduMed Diversity ScholarshipEduMed$500March 31, 2020-
Health is a Right not a Privilege Scholarship awardNursing Process$1500Sept 30, 20203.5-4.0

Jobs after Masters in Nursing in USA

A person working as a Nurse in the United States earns around 71,700 USD per year. Salaries range from 36,600 USD to 110,000 USD. This average yearly salary includes the housing, transport, and other benefits. Nurse salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. 

Students can work in following jobs in USA after completing 

Nursing-in-chargeThey take charge in absence of the nurse$73,200
Nursing SupervisorThey devote their knowledge during emergency situations86,800.
Nursing ExecutiveThey are the head in charge of the entire hospital/institute of Nursing activities$100,000
Nursing tutorEducate regarding the facilities and norms followed in Nursing.$69,130
Clinical InstructorStandardize his/her work ethics in the medical domain.$79,900
Assistant Nursing SuperintendentThey are allowed to provide the Nursing facilities with clean knowledge of medicine and its specifications.$100,000
Paramedic Nursehas to provide medical facilities in the moving vehicle or in ambulance facilities$71,900
Tutor – Psychiatric Nursingeducate the students more about Psychiatric nursing$68,500.
Staff Nurse/Critical Care Nursingdealing with the critical nursing strategies and its remedies$58,383
AnesthetistPerforming the highly critical operation of patients.$167,950
Occupational Health NurseThey lead a team of doctors in the domain of highly critical operation.$82,070
Nursing ConsultantA nursing consultant can work as Management consultants, Legal consultants, Community consultants$125,000
Research NurseThey work as a clinical nurse specialist focusing on research-oriented tasks.$90,000
Nurse EducatorThey
work as professors or instructors in institutions ranging from business schools to community colleges to major universities. They also may work in hospitals and medical centres, providing instruction to new nurses or nursing students.
Nurse AdministratorThey oversee nurse teams or nurse facilities. They are responsible for scheduling, hiring and all other management duties.$60,000 to $200,000.
Advanced Nurse PractitionerThey often are the patient's primary care giver, supervised by a physician.The average salary ranges from $60,000 to $72,000.
Clinical Nurse SpecialistA clinical nurse specialist focuses on expert, specialized care and staff mentoringThe average salary is between $96,038 and $116,350.

As the nursing field grows, so does the range of career opportunities. A bachelor's degree is the minimum, but a master's degree in nursing provides so many more opportunities as well as higher income. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, demand is increasing for those with a master's degree in nursing or similar advanced degree in nursing or healthcare administration.

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