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6 Tips for Applying to a MSN Program

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If you’re a registered nurse and you’re looking to upgrade your career, a Master of Science in Nursing can be a smart move. An MSN will allow you to specialize in an area you’re passionate about, help you rise up through the ranks to where you can have a bigger impact on your health care facility and earn a better salary.

However, before you can earn your MSN, you need to apply to the right program. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the application process and get started on a degree as soon as possible.

1. Start early 
The earlier you start the application process, the more time you’ll have to complete it and the quicker you’ll be able to enroll. By starting early, you’ll have a chance to ask for letters of recommendation, bolster your resume, take exams or do anything else you need to before applying.
Often times, submitting you application early can be beneficial as well.

2. Spend time on your personal statement 
You’ll likely have to submit a lot of paperwork about yourself for your application. While most of it is filling out forms or attaching resumes, your personal statement gives you the chance to really explain who you are and why you want your MSN. Give yourself enough time to write multiple drafts and sketch out your ideas completely.

Your personal statement should be straightforward, well-written and about yourself. Don’t try to be overly poetic – write something that you’d want to read.

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3. Pay attention to detail 
Mistakes stick out on applications. Before you even think about submitting, make sure you comb through your essays and application for typos or inaccuracies.

4. Highlight professional and community affiliations 
Do you volunteer for your local blood drive? Are you a member of a professional organization or two? These are strong materials for your application. Whether in your essay or another section, discuss why you got involved and how it impacts your life.

5. Do you research 
Your MSN is an investment in your career and your future. Make sure you pick a program that is within your financial and academic comfort zone. Look for a program that will fit your hectic schedule and allow you to reap the maximum reward.

6. Take a deep breath and don’t rush 
Applying to an MSN program can be stressful and anxiety provoking. That’s why it’s important to start early and set aside time to work on it each week. Go through your application process carefully and methodically, and by the time you submit you can feel confident that you’ll be enrolling soon after!

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