The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program offers the following tracks: Executive Practice & Healthcare Leadership (EPHL), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Nurse Educator (NE).

The Executive Practice & Healthcare Leadership (EPHL) track prepares nurses for leadership and management roles in diverse healthcare delivery systems. The program of study requires each student to complete 36 credit hours.

The Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares nurses to care for individuals and families across the lifespan. The FNP role includes preventative healthcare, as well as the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness and preventative health care for individuals and families. Family nurse practitioners demonstrate a commitment to family-centered care and understand the relevance of the family’s identified community in the delivery of family-centered care. The program of study requires each student to complete 46 credit hours.

The Nurse Educator track prepares nurse educators with knowledge and strategies for teaching in both clinical and academic settings. The program of study requires each student to complete 34 credit hours.

Post Graduate Certificate Programs are offered in each MSN track for individuals who are prepared with a minimum of a Master’s degree in nursing. The post graduate certificates provide academic credit focusing on particular content and skills. The Executive Practice and Healthcare Leadership certificate program consists of 15 credit hours. The Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program totals 22 credit hours of Family Nurse Practitioner specialty courses. The Nurse Educator certificate program consists of 11 credit hours.

Admission Procedure

Applications are made using NursingCAS*). The application must include official transcripts, three (3) references (two from employers and one from either an employer or faculty member from your BSN program), a résumé, and personal essay. New graduates may submit two references from nursing faculty from their BSN program. Applications for the FNP will be open September 1 through January 15; applications are reviewed February 1 with interviews to follow. EPHL and NE applications are reviewed as they are completed; however, deadlines for each term are December 1, April 1 and July 1. Students applying after the deadline may take a course the next term as an unclassified student.

*For questions related to the NursingCAS application, please contact NursingCAS support directly by phone at (617) 612-2880 Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm Eastern or email NursingCAS.

Note: Residents of the State of California must complete an Enrollment Agreement available through the Admissions Office. Additional information regarding the Student Tuition Recovery Fund is available in Appendix A.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. BSN from an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited nursing program, and
  2. Cumulative GPA >3.0 (4.0 point scale), and
  3. Current, unencumbered RN license

Admission Process

After the application packet is completed through NursingCAS the Office of Admission will review each application file and notify the applicant of the next step. The application file is sent to a review committee for a decision. Each applicant will be notified in writing regarding the admission decision.

Full Admission

Applicants meeting all of the eligibility requirements.

Probationary Admission

Applicants meeting all of the eligibility requirements except 3.0 cumulative GPA. The student will be fully admitted when they achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or better in two courses

Provisional Admission

Applicants meeting all of the eligibility requirements except current, unencumbered RN licensure. Provisional admission can be granted for one semester provided that they successfully complete the NCLEX-RN examination during the semester immediately following graduation. The student will be fully admitted upon verification of RN licensure. The student is responsible for submitting the license verification report from nursys.com to the Office of the Registrar.

Conditional Admission (Within 6 months of BSN graduation)

Applicants who are within 6 months of completing BSN degree. The student will be fully admitted upon graduation with a cumulative GPA of > 3.0 and verification of successful completion of the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. The student is responsible for submitting the license verification report from nursys.com to the Office of the Registrar

NOTE: Only students with Full Admission are eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid.

Unclassified Status

A student may complete an application to enroll in a course in an unclassified status. This status is intended for students who are non-degree seeking or enrolling for a limited period until the admission process can be completed. A maximum of three (3) credit hours can be taken as an unclassified*. Unclassified students are expected to meet all course prerequisites and will be enrolled on a space available basis as determined by the Dean. Unclassified students are not guaranteed admission to the graduate program and credit earned as an unclassified student is not guaranteed to meet degree requirements. Unclassified students must be fully admitted into the graduate program before requesting that any transfer courses be accepted for degree credit.

*Current RCoN BSN students taking graduate courses while in the undergraduate program may complete a maximum of nine (9) credit hours as an unclassified student.