The RN-MSN program is designed for Associate degree or diploma prepared nurses interested in obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science in Nursing degree in a continuous program. As an RN-MSN student, you will develop professional readiness, cultural sensitivity, and leadership/management skills throughout the program. You will also develop, test, and evaluate ideas relevant to nursing practice. You will learn to be a change agent in the nursing ﬁeld.
Throughout the program you will interact with multidisciplinary representatives in multiple practice settings to explore collaborative best practices. This experience is obtained through practicum hours in both the BSN and MSN portions of the program*. You will graduate with a baccalaureate degree after successful completion of the BSN curriculum and may choose to stop or continue on to the MSN program. Prior to enrollment in the ﬁrst Masters course, you will be required to submit documentation of 2,000 hours of clinical work time as an RN.
*You will be required to obtain and pass a background check and urine drug screening prior to beginning practicum hours in both the BSN and MSN portions of the program.
The RN-MSN program is an accredited program that includes 30-credit hours of BSN curriculum, plus elective and general education courses, and 22-credit hours of MSN core curriculum, plus specialty track courses, depending on concentration. The BSN portion includes three courses with 15 required practicum hours in each of the following courses: Community Health Nursing, Global & Transcultural Nursing, and Leadership and Issues in Health Care, Law, and Ethics. All general education requirements must be completed prior to beginning the 500-level courses. Schedules will include term breaks twice a year, with each break being 2 weeks in length. There is also a minimum 4 week break between the BSN and MSN portions. During this break, you can complete requirements for the MSN portion and acquire clinical work hours as an RN prior to beginning the MSN courses.
The MSN portion offers you a choice of 3 specialty tracks: Education, Leadership/Management, and Family Nurse Practitioner. The Education and Leadership/Management tracks include 180 required practicum hours and 12-credit hours of curriculum. The Family Nurse Practitioner track includes 720 practicum hours and 24-credit hours of curriculum.