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 of nursing. This is an entry option to the graduate program and emphasizes achievement of baccalaureate competencies in nursing. Select courses have been identified as the bridge to baccalaureate competencies and preparation to proceed to graduate-level education 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, as well as the following:

  • An associate's degree in nursing with at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • A baccalaureate degree in any major (B.A. or B.S.) with at least
    a 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who can speak to the student's professional and clinical nursing performance; one must be from a current clinical supervisor
  • Clinical practice in the last 2 years (one year full-time equivalent)

College-level courses in the following areas:

  • Statistics (within the past five years or must demonstrate competency)
  • Research Based Course
  • Competency in health assessment

Required Bridge course (4 semester hours at the undergraduate level)

  • 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 option.

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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