RN to BS to MSN

The RN to BS to MSN track is an accelerated program of study available to registered nurses seeking completion of both the baccalaureate (BS) and master's degree in nursing (MSN). The RN to BS to MSN program is an articulated plan that includes two bridge courses within the baccalaureate curriculum; and allows the student to complete graduate-level nursing courses while enrolled in the RN to BS program.

During the RN to BS to MSN plan, the BS degree is conferred upon successful completion of all baccalaureate courses and required residency credits. The student then completes the master's program in a selected specialization track to meet degree requirements for the MSN. Students completing the RN to BS to MSN track will be awarded two degrees - a bachelor's of science in nursing (BS) and a master of science in nursing (MSN).

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to be a graduate of an accredited school of nursing and meet the requirements for the RN to BS Program. The following courses are required:

  • English: 3 credits
  • Introduction to Psychology: 3 credits
  • Anatomy and Physiology: 8 credits
  • Microbiology: 4 credits
  • Non-nursing electives: 15 credits

Required Documentation 

  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from an academic source and from the administrative supervisor in the most recent nursing position.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate programs and graduate level courses.
  • Successful completion of a three-credit statistics course with a final grade of at least C.
  • Current resume that includes prior education and work experience.
  • Goal statement for graduate study - a one-page essay discussing professional goals and reason for applying to the graduate nursing program).
  • Proof of licensure as an RN.


School of Nursing
Suzanne Barenski, Ph.D., R.N.
Director of RN Studies, Associate Professor