Note: The RN-to-MSN program was suspended in 2012. No additional students will be admitted to this program, but current students in the program may complete according to their individual Plans of Study. This handbook statement is provided for students still enrolled and finishing the RN-to-MSN program.
The RN-MSN program is designed for the associate degree or diploma prepared registered nurse who is interested in graduate nursing education in preparation for an advanced nursing practice role. The program builds on the student's prior learning and requires a minimum of three years of recent practice experience. The student, in consultation with the graduate advisor, develops an individualized plan of study based on prior learning and the graduate specialty program selected.
The individualized plan of study includes the completion of non-nursing courses, an advanced practice nursing role transition course, and fourth year clinical nursing courses. The student, after successful completion of the required undergraduate courses, is provisionally admitted to the graduate nursing program. Upon successful completion of 12 hours of graduate level course credits, the student is awarded a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree with credit for validated undergraduate courses. The student is then granted full admission into the graduate program. When the remaining required graduate nursing courses are completed the MSN degree is awarded. If a student is unsuccessful (grade less than a B) in the first 12 hours of 600-level courses, the student will not be able to continue MSN courses without formally applying to the MSN program.