RN-to-MS

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Two Specialties Available Fully Online

Maximize your studies—and your career trajectory—with the RN-to-MS, an accelerated path to earning both your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and MS degrees. You can choose to specialize in one of these two areas, which are both fully available online:

Overview

The RN-to-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
  • 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.

Full-time and part-time options are available. You can:

You must complete the full course of study within six years to earn the RN-to-MS.

Program Details

For the RN-to-MS program, you’ll complete the requirements for both the BSN as well as the MS degree in either the Health Services Leadership and Management specialty or the Nursing Informatics specialty. 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.

Health Services Leadership and Management (HSLM) Specialty

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 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
*NRSG 782 Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3
  Total 17
  Total Credits for BSN Program: 31

Completing the MS Degree

After completing the Master’s CORE courses, students begin courses specific to the Health Services Leadership and Management MS specialty or the Nursing Informatics specialty.

* MS Core Courses NRSG 780 and NRSG 782 are substituted for BSN Core Courses

** Students select a focus (HSLM Executive Practice or HSLM Education) for their electives. Students in the RN-MS program are required to complete 2 NURS 418 electives, rather than the 3 required for the RN-BSN.

Master's Core Courses
Course Title Credits
*NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
*NRSG 782 Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3
NRSG 790 Application of Science for Evidence-based Practice 3
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3
  Total 12
Leadership & Management Core Courses
Course Title Credits
NURS 690 Managerial Health Finance 3
NURS 691 Organizational Theories: Applications to Health Service Management 3
NURS 692 Administration of Nursing and Health Care Services 3
NURS 695 Practicum in Health Services, Leadership, and Management 5
NURS 736 Technology Solutions for Generating Knowledge in Health Care 3
  Total 17
HSLM Focus*
Course Title Credits
NURS xxx Elective 3
NURS xxx Elective 3
NURS xxx Elective 3
  Total 9
HSLM Education Focus*
Course Title Credits
NURS 787 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Nursing and Health Professions 3
NURS 791 Instructional Strategies and Assessment of Learning in Nursing and Health Professions 3
NURS 792 Practicum in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions 3
  Total 9
  Total Credits for MS Program
38

 


Nursing Informatics Specialty

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 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
NRSG 782 Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3
  Total 17
  Total Credits for BSN Program: 31

Completing the MS Degree

After completing the Master’s CORE courses, students begin courses specific to the Health Services Leadership and Management MS specialty or the Nursing Informatics specialty.

* MS Core Courses NRSG 780 and NRSG 782 are substituted for BSN Core Courses

** Students select a focus (HSLM Executive Practice or HSLM Education) for their electives. Students in the RN-MS program are required to complete 2 NURS 418 electives, rather than the 3 required for the RN-BSN.

Master's Core Courses

 
Course Title Credits
*NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
*NRSG 782 Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3
NRSG 790 Application of Science for Evidence-based Practice 3
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3
  Total 12
Nursing Informatics Specialty Courses
Course Title Credits
NURS 690 Managerial Health Finance 3
NURS 691 Organizational Theories: Applications to Health Service Management 3
NURS 736 Technology Solutions for Generating Knowledge in Health Care 3
NURS 786 Systems Analysis and Design 3
NURS 784 Information Technology Project Management 3
NURS 785 Healthcare Database Systems 3
NURS 737 Nursing Informatics Concepts and Practice in Systems Adoption 3
NURS 738 Practicum In Nursing Informatics 4
NURS 770 Human Factors and Human-Computer Interaction 3
  Total Credits for MS Program 40

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