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 RN-MSN program for any concentration requires:
|ENGL 102||Research and Literature||3|
|BIOL 201||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIOL 202||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|CHEM 114||Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biochemistry||4|
|PSYC 105||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|BIOL 140||or Biology course or elective||4|
|PSYC 210||Developmental Psychology||3|
|CPTR 105||Introduction to Computers||3|
|SOCI 105||General Sociology||3|
|NURS 389R||Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice||3|
|NURS 423R||Nursing Leadership and Management||3|
|NURS 446R||Public Health Nursing and Population Health||5|
|MATH 110||Probability and Statistics* (take before Research)||3|
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.
Upon completion of their program of study, graduates of Washington Adventist University’s MS in Nursing Education will be able to: