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Please Note: These RN to MSN degree options are no longer available to applicants, effective fall 2019.

Program Overview

  • Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (includes an oncology focus)
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care
    • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Health Care Systems
    • Administration
    • Clinical Nurse Leader
    • Education
    • Informatics
    • Outcomes Management

The prerequisite academic courses below may be taken at any accredited college or university. To verify prerequisite coursework please follow the steps for transcript evaluation found here:

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
Human Growth & Development 3 credits
Social Sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science) 12 credits
Statistics (taken within 10 years of the application deadline with an earned grade of C or better) 3 credits
Elective (humanities, science or social science) 3 credits
TOTAL 51 credits

RN to MSN students will complete the following three undergraduate courses following admission to the program prior to enrolling in a master’s level clinical course.

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.

* A total of 35 advanced placement credits will be granted to registered nurse students by the School of Nursing following successful completion of NURS 491 and 492.


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