What Contributes to Overall Learning in Master’s Level Nursing Programs?

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that between 2016 and 2026, overall employment of advanced nurse practitioners will increase by about 31%. The aging population in the United States as well as an emphasis on preventative care have created greater demand for nurse practitioners with advanced degrees.


Given the crucial nature of the work these professionals do, it is important to understand how a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program contributes to the high-level mastery of skills essential in the medical field. This research note details findings from a national dataset constructed from the AACN/Benchworks MSN Exit Assessment of over 8,000 MSN students from nearly 150 colleges and universities in the United States. In particular, this research notes explores the relationship between overall learning, student characteristics, and various components of the MSN student experience.


Key Questions:

  1. Who are our MSN program graduates?
  2. How do graduating MSN students rate their overall experience?
  3. Which learning factors relate to overall learning in MSN programs?
  4. Which satisfaction factors relate to overall learning in MSN programs?