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One of the best ways to advance your career as a registered nurse (RN) is to pursue a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree. The MSN is a postgraduate degree, which enables nurses to gain expertise and specialize in new careers as educators, healthcare administrators, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, and other roles in a number of specialties. With the competitive nature of the job market, earning an MSN will give you the chance to set yourself apart in the nursing field and gain opportunities for advancement.

Nurses with MSN degrees are qualified to provide many of the same services as physicians, and are entrusted with an extremely high level of responsibility on the job. In the healthcare system today, it is often difficult and more costly to see a doctor, so many patients are deciding to be seen by advanced practice RNs instead for routine visits. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, MSN degree holders in Idaho also earn significantly higher salaries than nurses who only have BSN degrees. Some of the more common specialty fields are described in greater detail below.

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Nurse practitioners (NPs)
Many RNs who pursue MSN degrees decide to become nurse practitioners. NPs often work as administrators, educators, researchers, and mentors to other nurses. Patients are reportedly highly satisfied with the primary care they receive from NPs, and this role is going to become more important in healthcare in the years ahead. Nurse practitioners in Idaho can expect to earn approximately $98,140 per year.

Nurse midwives
Nurse midwives help with pregnancies and deliveries, and also perform physical exams and provide gynecological care.

Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs)
Certified registered nurse anesthetists collaborate with anesthesiologists, surgeons, and other medical professionals in order to provide anesthesia for medical procedures. In rural and underserved areas, they are often the primary providers of anesthesia. CRNAs are responsible for the care of patients before, during, and after medical procedures. Nurse anesthetists in Idaho can expect to earn approximately $145,400 per year.

Below you can find a comprehensive list of accredited nursing schools offering MSN programs in Idaho.

Featured Schools

Boise

Boise State University
1910 University Drive | Boise, Idaho 83725
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Northwest Nazarene University
623 South University Boulevard | Nampa, Idaho 83686
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Boise State University 1910 University Drive
Boise, Idaho 83725
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Northwest Nazarene University 623 South University Boulevard
Nampa, Idaho 83686
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Other Idaho cities

Idaho State University
921 South Eighth Avenue | Pocatello, Idaho 83209
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Idaho State University 921 South Eighth Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho 83209
  • Master of Science in Nursing