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RN-MS

The RN Master of Science (RN-MS) gives ambitious nursing professionals an accelerated path to both the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and the MS degree in Health Services Leadership and Management, maximizing their studies—and their career trajectory.

Overview

The RN-MS combines elements of the BSN program with the MS program by substituting the master's core courses for BSN core courses. This option is designed for registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree in another discipline and for registered nurses who do not have a baccalaureate degree but possess the background and the interest in pursuing leadership and specialty preparation at the master's level. While you have the option take all RN-MS courses at UMSON, some courses may be available at the Universities at Shady Grove and online. Full-time and part-time options are available. You must complete the full course of study within six years to earn the RN-MS.

Program Details

For the RN-MS program, you’ll complete the requirements for both the BSN as well as the MS Health Services Leadership & Management programs. Certain courses count towards both degrees, allowing you to earn both degrees in less time and for less money than it would take to earn each separately.

Sample Plan of Full-time Study for Students Enrolled Fall 2014 and Later

Completing the BSN Degree

First Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 450 RN to BSN: Transition: Implications for Practice, Policy, and the Profession 3
NURS 452 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Care for the Registered Nurse 3
NURS 454 Pathophysiologic Implications to Patient Assessment 5
NURS 418 Elective 3
  Total 14
Second Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 418 Elective 3
NURS 460 Health Informatics for the Registered Nurse 3
NURS 467 Public Health Nursing Essentials for the Registered Nurse 5
NRSG 780 Population Health and Promotion 3
NRSG 782 Organizational and Systems Leadership 3
  Total 17
Total Credits for BSN Program: 31

Completing the MS Degree

After completing the CORE courses, you’ll begin taking courses specific to the Health Services Leadership and Management MS specialty. For more information, review the HSLM plans of study. There are 63 total credits for the RN-MS plan of study.

Sample Plan of Full-time Study for Students Enrolled Prior to Fall 2014

Completing the BSN Degree

First Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 331 Gerontological Nursing 3
NURS 333 Health Assessment 3
NURS 405 Informatics and Technology 3
NURS 418
NURS 320
Directed Elective -OR-
Science and Research for Nursing Practice
 
3
Second Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 403 Community Health Nursing 5
NURS 418 Directed Elective 3
NURS 701 Research for Advanced Nursing Practice 4
Third Semester (Summer)
Course Title Credits
622 Systems and Populations in Health Care 3
659 Organizational and Professional Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 3
418 Directed Elective 2

Completing the MS Degree

After completing the CORE courses, you’ll begin taking courses specific to the Health Services Leadership and Management MS specialty. For more information, review the HSLM plans of study.

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