RN-to-MSN Program

Licensed RNs may earn both the BSN and MSN degrees quickly and affordably with our accelerated RN to MSN program. 

RN-MSN students may take up to five (5) MSN courses to fulfill BOTH BSN elective requirements AND MSN program requirements. 

Students usually receive transfer credit for arts, sciences, and basic nursing courses taken. Additional credit may be earned through challenge examinations such as College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

The required undergraduate nursing courses are offered in an online format. Graduate courses are offered in both online and hybrid formats.

The RN-MSN program requirements encompass the RN-BSN curriculum, followed by completion of one of our MSN concentrations. Students enrolled in the RN-MSN will complete the same curriculum requirements as the RN-BSN students. However, RN-MSN students may take up to five (5) MSN courses to fulfill BOTH BSN elective requirements AND MSN program requirements.  RN-MSN students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout the program to be eligible to take MSN courses.  In addition, all MSN courses require a grade of "B" or higher to fulfill MSN progression requirements.

BSN Requirements

General Education Courses

  • BIO 154 Microbiology

  • BIO 263 Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab

  • BIO 264 Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab

  • CH 107  Physiological Chemistry

  • PS 109  Introduction to Psychology

  • PS 240  Human Development

  • MA 111 Probability and Statistics

  • PL 109 Philosophical Thinking

  • EN 103 English Composition and Rhetoric I

  • EN 104 English Composition and Rhetoric II

  • Humanities III: Great Works of Art or Music

  • Humanities IV: Great Works of Literature

  • NU 262 Medicine and Morality

  • Values Seminar Elective

Nursing Courses

  • NU 305 Therapeutic Nutrition

  • NU 310  Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice

  • NU 315  Health Assessment for RNs OR NU 622 Advanced Physical Assessment

  • NU 325  Evidence Based Nursing OR NU 530 Applied Research

  • NU 441  Community Concepts for RNs

  • NU 451  Integrating Seminar for RNs

  • NU 456  Capstone Project for RNs

*Additional free electives may be required to fulfill the 40-course requirement for graduation with the BSN degree.

MSN Requirements

Following the BSN portion, students continue their graduate studies in one of the five MSN specialty program tracks.

 

Sample RN-MSN Curriculum Plan**

First Year

Fall
ACCESS 1

Fall
ACCESS 2

Spring
ACCESS 3

Spring
ACCESS 4

Summer ACCESS 5

Summer ACCESS 6

NU 310

 

NU 305

NU 441

 

TH 262

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSN Fall
(12 weeks)

MSN Winter
(12 weeks)

MSN Spring

(12 weeks)

MSN Summer

(6 weeks)

NU 530
(Research)

N/A

NU 622 (Assessment)*

N/A

 

Second Year

Fall
ACCESS 1

Fall
ACCESS 2

Spring
ACCESS 3

Spring
ACCESS 4

Summer ACCESS 5

Summer ACCESS 6

NU 451

 

 

Humanities 3

Humanities 4

Values Seminar

       NU 456 (16 weeks)

 

 

 

 

MSN Fall
(12 weeks)

MSN Winter
(12 weeks)

MSN Spring

(12 weeks)

MSN Summer

(6 weeks)

N/A

MSN Course

N/A

N/A


Maximum of 5 MSN Courses Count Toward BSN Degree

*Not required for MSN/MBA degree. Students intending to complete the MSN/MBA dual degree program upon completion of the BSN may instead complete NU 538 Health Informatics, Quality & Safety and CR 508 Business Computing.

**This is a sample only. Upon full acceptance to the program, students will consult with their assigned advisor to determine a plan based on seat availability, semester start and individual needs.

See Graduate Catalog for course descriptions »

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