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JACKSON, Mich. – Baker College will offer a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online beginning fall quarter. Registration is now open for classes that begin Thursday, Sept. 24.

The Baker College MSN is an advanced-level, postgraduate degree that provides education for registered nurses who wish to be employed as nurse educators, nurse administrators, nurse managers and health policy experts. The program includes practice hours performed in the student’s community.

“Graduates of Baker College’s new MSN degree will be prepared for positions in nursing administration and nursing education,” said Lesley Morgan, Ph.D., ARNP, dean of Baker College’s School of Nursing. “This program will help meet the needs of administrators at our partner hospitals who are telling us that they would like more registered nurses to be academically qualified for leadership roles.

“The flexibility of this online master’s program is ideal for working nurses. No matter where they are located, students can log in online, when convenient for them, to pursue the next step in their education.”

In 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated the average annual salary for registered nurses was $69,790; for health care administrators it was $103,680. Nationally, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, while employment of health care administrators is expected to grow 23 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations.

At the undergraduate level, Baker College offers a post-licensure BSN through its online campus. Other undergraduate nursing programs – pre-licensure BSN, Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Practical Nurse (PN) certificate – are available at select Baker College campuses across Michigan.

For more information about the new Baker College MSN and the post-licensure BSN, contact Chuck Gurden in the admissions office at 800.469.3165 or adm-ol@baker.edu, or visit www.baker.edu.

For information about the Baker College nursing program at the Jackson campus, contact Kevin Pnacek in the admissions office at kevin.pnacek@baker.edu or 517.788.7800, or visit www.baker.edu.

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It serves more than 28,000 students on multiple campuses and online. Baker grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 150 programs across diverse academic fields, including business, health sciences, engineering, information technology, education and human services. An impressive 97 percent of available graduates are employed. Every Baker graduate receives Lifetime Employment Assistance—free and forever. Baker is a pioneer in online education and offers students the option of completing a degree 100 percent online, without ever visiting a campus. For information, visit www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/bakercollege.

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