Academic Success And Professional Development Plan

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  • Review the scope and standards of practice or competencies related to your chosen specialty in the resources for this week.
  • Review the MSN specializations offered at Walden by viewing the week resource, Walden University. (n.d.). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). (See Attachment for this)







Step 1 by writing 2-3 paragraphs in the space below comparing the nursing specialty you have selected – (in my case Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner) compare it to Family Nurse Practitioner) or the one you prefer if your choice is still under consideration – to your second preference. Identify each specialty and describe the focus and the role that graduates are prepared for. Identify any other differentiators you feel are significant, especially those that helped or may help you reach a decision.





Step 2 by writing a paragraph identifying and justifying your reasons for choosing your MSN specialization (Reason for helping the underserved in my community). Be sure to incorporate any feedback you received from colleagues in this week’s Discussion Forum.




Step 3 by examining and identifying one professional organization related to your selected or preferred specialty. Explain how you can become a member of this organization. (In this case The American Psychiatric Nurse Association)


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Take the Next Step in Your Nursing Career

Whether you want to work directly with patients or influence care on a broader scale, our CCNE-accredited MSN program can help you reach your goals. A master’s in nursing degree allows registered nurses (RNs) to pursue advanced clinical and leadership training.

Why Complete Your Online MSN Degree at Walden?


No other school graduates more MSN students than Walden.1


The College of Nursing’s didactic faculty all hold doctoral degrees and possess real-world experience in a variety of nursing areas with diverse patient populations.


i-Human patient simulation software and strength-finding tools make your learning experience personalized, interactive, and effective.


Opt for our course-based format or choose our flexible, competency-based format designed to work around your busy schedule.


Are you a Registered nurse (RN) with a BSN looking to become a clinical practice leader? Skip the MSN and start your DNP.


There’s nothing standing in your way. Start your master’s in nursing online with a hospital diploma or associate degree in nursing.2

With a Degree From Walden University, You Can Make a Greater Difference

Meet Anna, a nurse who went to the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis in New York. Listen to her story of tragedy and resilience, and learn more about how she’s achieving her dream of becoming a family nurse practitioner.

At Walden, we believe a good education is an Education for Good.®



Choose the Specialization That’s Right for You

  • Nurse Practitioner: Does your passion lie in providing direct patient care? Choose from four specializations that prepare you to pursue certification and credentialing as a nurse practitioner.
  • Specialty Practice: Position yourself for advanced leadership or educator roles in one of several critical areas of nursing and healthcare.

Need a little help selecting the right specialization? Take our quiz to see which specialization best aligns with your goals.


Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Gain the knowledge and clinical skills to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care to individuals 13 years or older with complex acute and exacerbations of chronic medical conditions.


Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Explores strategie for improving health outcomes through effective communication and collaboration.


Family Nurse Practitioner

This online Family Nurse Practitioner specialization focuses on evidence-based techniques that can enhance the quality of care and outcomes for your patients.


Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Primary Care

Positively impact the well-being of patients from birth to age 21 in pediatric primary care settings with our pediatric nurse practitioner specialization.


Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Learn to assess, diagnose, provide therapy, and prescribe medications for patients with psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders, and substance abuse problems.


Nursing Education

Influence the future of healthcare as a nurse mentor with the MSN-Nursing Education specialization.

Also available in Tempo Learning®!


Nurse Executive

Develop greater administrative expertise and harness your experience to serve as a leader and role model in your organization with the MSN Nurse Executive specialization.

Also available in Tempo Learning®!


Nursing Informatics

Help improve healthcare delivery by integrating data to support clinical decision-making and using technology to create more efficient processes.

Also available in Tempo Learning®!


Public Health Nursing

Prepare to assume leadership roles in assessing communities and populations; identifying high-risk populations; and developing population-based nursing interventions.

Program Details

Learning Tracks

We have a path to success for every level in your nursing career.

  • The RN to MSN track is ideal if you are a registered nurse (RN) entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.
  • The BSN to MSN track is designed for registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
  • The BSN to DNP or BSN to PhD in Nursing tracks are available to registered nurses (RN) who have earned your bachelor’s in nursing degree.

Flexible Learning

Two Ways to Learn

Choose from two degree completion options that are both designed for working nurses.

COURSE-BASED LEARNING. Learn the Traditional Way.

If you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule, the course-based format may be a good choice for you.

TEMPO LEARNING®. A Different Way to Learn.

Choose this option if you prefer a flexible learning experience with no set weekly deadlines, allowing you to make progress at your pace, on your schedule.

   The standard, guided pace to earn your degree  The flexible pace, ideal for some students
Time Structured schedule Flexible schedule
Pace Deadlines to make steady progress Set your own pace, and speed up or slow down when needed
Tuition Pay by the course All-you-can-learn subscription fee
Support Faculty guide you through your courses as you earn your degree Faculty support when you need it and a personal academic coach
Expert Walden Faculty  ✔
Payment Plans and Scholarships*  ✔

*May not be available for all programs

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this master’s program, you must have a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing or higher and a valid RN license. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply.

More information for international applicants.

Program Outcomes

What’s the Career Impact of Earning Your MSN?

Develop Your Talents. Inspire Change.

As a nurse with a passion for helping people, you want to do more to elevate patient care. Now is the time to move confidently toward your goals, because Walden is here for you.

A master’s in nursing degree from Walden can empower you with the skills and credentials to turn your aspirations into impact. Choose from nine specializations to distinguish yourself in the field, whether you want to treat patients or serve in the boardroom. With an advanced nursing degree, you can open the door to better job prospects, more autonomy, and greater personal reward.

What Can I Do With an MSN?

Depending on your specialization, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Walden can pave the way to a number of career options, including:

  • Psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • Nurse manager
  • Director of nursing
  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Nursing instructor
  • Mental health nurse
  • Nurse educator
  • Pediatric nurse practitioner

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this master’s in nursing online program.


MSN Career Outlook

Learn more about top industry sectors, most in-demand job skills and top job titles for MSN grads.


I chose Walden because of its faculty commitment to students and its commitment to social change. I want to master the tools I need to better myself and the community in which I serve.

Cynthia HickmanMSN / PhD in Health Services Graduate

I chose Walden because it offered the MSN with a specialization in Nursing Informatics I was looking for, and it was all online. I was not in a position to be able to attend other graduate schools on-site like many programs required.

Phillip OdleMSN Graduate

I chose Walden because, after pursuing local universities, what Walden offered was better for my professional and personal life.

Shellie VonCannonMSN Graduate

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1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Based on the most recent year of completions survey data available, using CIP code family 51.38 “Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, and Clinical Nursing” for Master’s degrees (Award level 7). Available at (Retrieved January 2021; may consist of or include provisional release data.)

2Some entry options may require that you fulfill general education requirements prior to taking masters-level coursework. Once you meet these requirements, you will continue to your MSN program. Please speak to an Enrollment Specialist for more details.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), post-graduate APRN certificate program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

Walden University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed to provide the academic degree required to apply for national certifications. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will achieve national certification, we encourage students to consult the appropriate credentialing center for the specific requirements. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about certification programs, students should contact the American Nurses Credentialing Center at, or other certification websites.


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