RN to MSN RN to MSN Program Curriculum


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Once the BSN degree is complete, the student can then apply to the MSN program. Students in this program complete up to four graduate courses (12 credits) that count toward both the BSN and MSN degrees, giving them a jump start into the MSN program:

  • MSN 500 Nursing Theories
  • MSN 503 Health Care Policy (instead of NURS 426)
  • MSN 525 Health Care Delivery Systems & Economics (instead of NURS 455)
  • MSN 533 Health Care Promotion (instead of NURS 440)

This curriculum will complete the majority of the foundation courses for the graduate
nursing program with the exception of the master’s level research course. Students may then choose to complete any of the three tracks listed in the MSN section: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education Specialist, or Nursing Administration. Students complete most course work through the distance learning and clinical experience in their hometowns. Note that campus visits may be required for the NURS 460 course. Liberal arts core requirements may be transferred in from an ADN program.

The MSN Handbook can be found here.

Liberal Arts core requirements

Courses Credits
English Composition 3
Fine Arts 3
Basic Statistics 3
Literature 3
History 3
General Psychology 3
Philosophy (Ethics) 3
Religion 3
Social and Behavioral Science or Global Perspectives 3
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BSN Requirements*
*These courses may be transferred from an ADN program or audited.

Course ID Courses Credits
NURS 280 Chemistry** 3
NURS 282 Anatomy** 3
NURS 283 Physiology** 3
NURS 284 Epidemiology (Micro.)** 2
PSYC 212 Developmental Psychology 3
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A minimum of 46 credit hours will be awarded for nursing courses completed at the diploma or associate degree level.
NURS 361 Concepts of Nursing Practice 3
NURS 328 Basic Nursing Research 3
NURS 426 Nursing Trends & Issues 2
NURS 435 Multisystem Nursing Care 4
NURS 440 Clinical Practicum I 2
NURS 445 Complex Care I 2
NURS 450 Clinical Practicum II 2
NURS 455 Complex Care II 2
NURS 460 Comprehensive Assessment 3
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