RN-M.S.N. Entry Point Option

The RN-M.S.N. entry point option is designed for associate degree or diploma nurses who desire to continue their education toward a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing; students in the RN-M.S.N. option do not earn a bachelor’s degree. Students are admitted as graduate students and focus on one of the specialty tracks, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Executive Practice & Healthcare Leadership, as previously described. The program allows students to transfer courses to meet pre-requisites and some upper division nursing coursework. After most pre-requisites have been completed, students will begin in the Fall semester by taking pre-M.S.N. courses. After the pre-M.S.N. courses are completed, the RN-M.S.N. student begins the chosen track coursework and practica. Most of the coursework at Research College of Nursing is completed online.

Program Prerequisites

Course Title Credits
Chemistry with Lab 4 hours
Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 6 hours
Microbiology with Lab 4 hours
Nutrition 3 hours
General or Intro Psychology 3 hours
Developmental Psychology 3 hours
English Comp I 3 hours
English Comp II 3 hours
Social Science 3 hours
Statistics 3 hours
Communication/Speech 3 hours
Humanities, Philosophy or Theology 12 hours
Electives (computer course recommended) 12 hours
TOTAL HOURS OF PREREQUISITES 62 HOURS
ADN/DIPLOMA TRANSFER HOURS 35 HOURS

RN-M.S.N. Pre-M.S.N. Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
NU 4102 Leadership and Professional Issues 3
NU 4212 Community Health Nursing 3
NU 4232 Community Health Nursing Practice 2
NU 4412 Leadership in Professional Nursing Practice 2
NU 5021 Transitions in Nursing 2
NU 5022 Transitions in Nursing 2
Credit Hours 14

Sample Program of Study for RN-M.S.N.

Year One

Fall Credits Fall Credits Fall Credits
NU 4212 Community Health Nursing 3 NU 4102 Leadership and Prof. Issues 3
NU 4232 Community Health Nursing Practice 2 NU 4412 Leadership in Prof. Nursing Practice 2 Begin MSN Track Program of Study
NU 5021 Transitions in Nursing I 2 NU 5022 Transitions in Nursing II 2
Total credits 7 Total credits 7

See specific MSN track for programs of study.