NEW! Apply to all MSN options
RNs with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing, can now apply to all nurse practitioner and health care systems MSN options.
The School decided to reopen RN to MSN pathways following careful consideration by faculty and administration and after listening to feedback from nurses interested in furthering their education.
The new application deadline for MSN fall 2014 matriculation is Feb. 11, 2014.
For additional details, please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions and check back soon for more information.
Registered Nurses with an Associate’s Degree or Diploma in Nursing are eligible to apply directly to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing’s Master’s Program.
Master of Science in Nursing Options:
- Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care
- Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner – Oncology – Primary Care
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care
- Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Health Care Systems – Clinical Nurse Leader
- Health Care Systems – Nurse Educator
Health Care Systems – Informatics
- Health Care Systems – Outcomes Management
- Health Care Systems – Administration
The nursing component of the RN-MSN program includes three undergraduate courses, plus 35 graduate credits, including professional, research and clinical cores, as well as in Nursing Leadership. Those interested in receiving the nurse educator certificate will take an addition 6 credits in education courses.
A variety of clinical experiences are available. Every effort is made to place students in or near their home communities or in settings most desired by the students for their clinical experiences.
Registered nurses must complete 51 college-level credits including specific pre-nursing courses prior to enrollment in the master’s program. (Students may apply prior to completing the courses, with a plan to complete all pre-requisites prior to matriculation. Please call for more specific information.)
Applicants must meet admissions requirements of the University’s Graduate School as well as the School of Nursing’s requirements for master’s applicants. Due to course sequencing, RN-MSN applicants are only admitted for fall term matriculation.
Registered nurse applicants will complete the integrated online Graduate School/MSN Application, which requires competitive scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (using only courses that comprise the 51 pre-requisite course credits) is expected. Additionally, applicants must also have minimally one year clinical experience as a Registered Nurse prior to enrollment.
The pre-requisite academic courses (51 college-level credits) which follow may be taken at any accredited college or university.
|English Composition||3 credits|
|Humanities (e.g., history, fine arts, literature, philosophy)||9 credits|
|Biological Sciences, including Anatomy and Physiology||12 credits|
|Other Sciences (e.g., chemistry, physics)||6 credits|
|Social Sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science)||15 credits|
|Statistics (must NOT be older than 10 years of matriculation to the RN-MSN Program)||3 credits|
|Elective (humanities, science or social science)||3 credits|
RN-MSN Specific Curriculum
RN-MSN students will complete the following three undergraduate level courses following admission to the RN-MSN Program but prior to enrolling in a master’s level clinical course. For detailed information about the Nursing Leadership advanced practice area and a listing of the master’s-level courses required, refer to the MSN program site.
NURS 491 Improving Nursing Practice: Application of Concepts, Theories and Research (3 credits)
This course emphasizes analysis of clinical problems which affect the nursing care of selected populations. Students also apply the nursing process, therapeutic communication skills, and teaching-learning principles in clinical situations.
NURS 492 Conceptual Bases of Professional Nursing Practice (3 credits)
Selected concepts and theories are explored as a basis for making judgments and decisions in nursing practice. Critical thinking skills are developed as an essential component of professional practice.
NURS 494 Community Health Nursing for the Public’s Health (6 credits)
Prepares RN students for population-focused practice in community health nursing. Analyses and applications of selected theories, and health promotion/protection.
For general information on the School of Nursing and application materials, please fill out our inquiry form. You may also direct questions to:
Office of Student Affairs
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing, Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
Ph: 919-966-4260; Fx: 919-966-3540
Email: email@example.com; Website: nursing.unc.edu
RN Option Leader
Jennie Wagner, BSN MSM IBCLC
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