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RN-MSN Nursing Program Option

The RN-MSN program provides students with a bridge process before moving on to earn a master’s degree. The  RN-MSN program is for registered nurses who have already earned an associate degree in nursing or have a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing and wish to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing degree.

Before students are admitted to the RN-MSN program, they will be admitted to the university to complete a series of bridge courses. Upon completion of the bridge requirements with a cumulative average of 3.0 or better, students will progress into the MSN concentration of their choice.

If a student has not achieved a 3.0 cumulative grade point, the student will need to take the GRE and achieve scores of Verbal 150; Quantitative Reasoning 150; Analytical Writing 3 in order to progress into the master’s concentration.

Currently students may choose a concentration in either Nursing Education or Business Leadership. The overall graduate nursing program is consistent with the professional nursing standards and guidelines found in The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) publication.

The total undergraduate credits required to enter the RN-MSN program is 91 credits and this includes the bridge courses. The undergraduate courses accepted will mirror WAU’s current undergraduate nursing program.

Undergraduate courses that will be accepted can be found below. In order to be accepted, a grade of “C” or better is required. The total number of credits for the RN-MSN program is 136 (91 undergraduate and 45 graduate credits).

All core courses must be completed with a “B” or better in order to progress into a concentration. In addition, all concentration courses must be completed with a “B” or better.


Admission to the R.N.-M.S.N. program requires:
1. Completion of an Associate Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from a state board of nursing approved program with regional accreditation. Students who do not meet the 3.0 GPA or regionally accredited program requirement will be required to make an appointment at the Department of Nursing for a personal interview. Such applicants will be evaluated for acceptable evidence of professional potential, shown through recent academic performance and experiential background. They may be granted probationary admission with the expectation that they will maintain a GPA of 3.0 for the first two semesters of study.
2. R.N. licensure in Maryland or a Nursing Licensure Compact State.
3. Current CPR card, background check, and health requirements prior to the start of any clinical practicum.
4. Evidence of recent employment as a registered nurse.
5. Written statement of career goals.
6. Current professional resume.
7. Submission of application and transcripts directly to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.
8. Completion of the following prerequisites:


41 hours


ENGL 101Composition3
ENGL 102Research and Literature3
BIOL 201Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 202Human Anatomy and Physiology  II4
CHEM 114Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biochemistry4
NUTR 260Nutrition3
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
BIOL 140or Biology course or elective4
BIOL 150Microbiology4
PSYC 210Developmental Psychology3
CPTR 105Introduction to Computers3
SOCI 105General Sociology3

Nursing Credits

24 hours


65 hours

Bridge Courses

25 hours

NURS 389RNursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS 423RNursing Leadership and Management3
NURS 446RPublic Health Nursing and Population Health5
MATH 110Probability and Statistics* (take before Research)3
History elective3
Literature elective3
Religion elective6

Goal of Master’s Program

The goal of the master’s program is to prepare skilled, competent nurses who will pursue excellence and professional growth through lifelong learning; lead change to improve quality outcomes and safety of healthcare delivery systems; design innovative, evidence-based nursing practices; and serve as collaborative partners of the health care team in an advanced specialty nursing practice.

Expected Student Outcomes

Upon completion of their program of study, graduates of Washington Adventist University’s MS in Nursing Education will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership that will improve quality and safety outcomes in nursing education or health care organizations.
  2. Conduct and/or evaluate nursing research and evidence-based practices to improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  3. Synthesize knowledge of ethical, safe, and legal practices in assessing, providing, evaluating, and improving the quality and safety of patient care.
  4. Evaluate current knowledge, skills, and attitudes of health promotion, disease and injury prevention and management in order to improve the health of individuals, groups, communities and populations.
  5. Apply principles of social justice and health policies that improve the health of the public.
  6. Analyze the political, social, organizational, cultural, and economic systems that impact health and health care.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to communicate, collaborate, lead, and consult with others in an advanced nursing practice specialty role.
  8. Design health care management systems and/or educational programs for patients, students, families, communities, and populations using evidence-based practice, informatics, and health care technologies.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to provide humanistic care in an advanced specialty nursing practice, respectful of a client’s cultural, spiritual, ethnic, and gender diversity, within an increasingly global, multicultural society.
  10. Synthesize knowledge from the organizational sciences, humanities, and informatics to improve the quality and delivery of advanced nursing care in complex educational or health care systems
  11. Design strategies for improved quality and safety outcomes in nursing education and health care systems that employ informatics and effective leadership and management principles.
  12. Demonstrate attributes supportive of spirituality within a multicultural multi-faith environment to facilitate self-awareness and meet spiritual needs of clients and self.


School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.