M.S. in Nursing



M.S. in Nursing

» RN-MSN Option

RN-MSN Option

The RN–MSN option is designed for registered nurses (RNs) with baccalaureate degrees outside nursing. This is an entry option to the graduate program that places emphasis on achievement of baccalaureate competencies. Select courses have been identified as the bridge to demonstration of baccalaureate competencies and preparation to progress to graduate-level courses in nursing.

Program-specific Application Requirements
Application Deadlines

Program-specific Application Requirements
Admission requirements include all stated requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing program, as well as some additional requirements for the entry option (denoted by asterisk):

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  • ADN Program: GPA 3.0 on a 4 point scale*
  • Baccalaureate Program (BA or BS): GPA: 3.0 on a 4 point scale
  • Current RN license
  • Students in the MSN program are expected to be employed as a licensed Registered Professional Nurse in the U.S. International students must be eligible to obtain and maintain valid employment authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) following admission to the program.
  • Clinical practice in last two years (one year full-time equivalent)*
  • Recommendations from three persons who can attest to the applicant’s professional and clinical nursing performance; one must be from the applicant’s current clinical supervisor.*
  • Goals statement: one- to two-page essay describing personal and professional goals and how graduate study at Elmhurst College will enable achievement of those goals.
  • A current résumé documenting the applicant’s work history, including levels of responsibilities, areas of professional growth and prior professional educational experiences.
  • An interview with the graduate program director or designated graduate program faculty.
  • College-level oral and written communication skills
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Word, email, Internet skills)

Successful completion of college-level courses in the following areas:

  • Statistics (within the past five years or must demonstrate competency)
  • Research
  • Health Assessment (or must demonstrate competency)

Required Bridge course 

  • NRS 320 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice

Successful completion of the bridge course with a grade of B or better is required to progress to the MSN courses. Students who do not achieve these grades may continue in the RN-BS curriculum.

Application Deadline
The preferred application completion deadlines are July 1 for the Fall Term and January 1 for the Spring Term. Students cannot begin work in the RN–MSN program in the Summer Term.

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