RN-to-MSN Courses

RN to MSN Bridge Curriculum

The online MSN Bridge features two courses and is the ideal path for the RN who has a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and wishes to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. The coursework ensures that you will be equipped with the practical application of theory needed to succeed in the online MSN program.

The MSN Bridge option courses cover topics that include:

  • Professionalization of Nursing
  • Current Issues Affecting Nursing
  • Health Education
  • Community Assessment
  • Health Promotion

Once you have completed the two RN-to-MSN Bridge courses with a minimum grade of B in each course and met the admissions requirements for your specialization choice, you are eligible to be admitted into the online MSN program. The total number of credit hours and practicum hours required to graduate vary based on your selected concentration: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Leadership, or Nurse Educator.

 
 


Note: This course list is in alpha-numerical order, not necessarily the order in which courses are taken. Please request a RN-to-MSN Bridge Progression Plan, as well as the MSN Progression Plan for your chosen concentration, for details on the order in which you should enroll in courses.

Traditional RN to MSN Curriculum

In the traditional RN to MSN option is designed for active RNs who have not earned a bachelor’s degree in any subject. At the successful completion of this specially arranged undergraduate curriculum below, you will be awarded your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and be eligible to pursue your MSN in one of three concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Leadership, or Nurse Educator.

Pursing the RN to MSN option rather than pursing a traditional BSN followed by a traditional MSN shortens the overall credit hours required by six credit hours (two courses). You may transfer up to 64 credit hours from a 2-year institution and up to 90 total credit hours.

LOWER LEVEL NURSING COURSES – 24 CREDIT HOURS

Credit for lower division nursing (i.e., adult health, parent-child health, mental health) is awarded by validation of transfer credit for associate degree graduates or validation of advanced placement credit for diploma nursing school graduates.

INTRODUCTORY REQUIREMENTS – 18 CREDIT HOURS

Credits for Critical Reading/Writing, Global History, Finite Math, Introduction to Philosophy/Reasoning, Christian Theology, Investigating Nature (can substitute A&P I)

ADVANCED REQUIREMENTS – 12 CREDIT HOURS

Credits for Creative Arts & Culture, World Religions, Social Science, Writing About Literature

NURSING ADJUNCT COURSES – 20 CREDIT HOURS

Credits for Anatomy & Physiology I (only required if substituting for Investigating Nature), Anatomy & Physiology I Lab, Anatomy & Physiology II, Anatomy & Physiology II Lab, General Chemistry I, Microbiology, Nutrition, Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology


UPPER-LEVEL NURSING COURSES – 27 CREDIT HOURS