The RN to M.S.N. (Master of Science in Nursing) track is designed for a highly motivated individual aspiring to further their career in nursing.  Candidates for this program are RNs (registered nurses) with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree seeking an M.S.N.

The RN to MSN track is an articulated program of study that includes four bridge courses within the nursing baccalaureate curriculum seamlessly advancing the students into the selected MSN track for nursing education or nursing and healthcare management.  Students completing this program are awarded an M.S.N. The program design allows candidates to complete their degree in approximately 28 months.

The Elms College nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is currently undergoing curriculum refinement in order to offer the most contemporary nursing education available to students.

Admission Requirements

 The following are the requirements for admission to the RN to M.S.N. track:

  • Associate's degree in nursing (ADN) or nursing diploma from a professionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the ADN/diploma program.
  • Baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing from an accredited institution.
  • Successful completion of a three-credit statistics course with a final grade of at least a C+.
  • Applicants must be eligible for licensure as a RN in Massachusetts within the first semester of enrollment.

 Required Documentation

  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably an academic source plus an employer source (administrator or manager of the applicant's most recent nursing position).
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate programs and graduate level courses.
  • Current resume that includes prior education and work experience.
  • Writing sample reflecting applicant's graduate learning goals and reasons for applying to the program (maximum length 3 pages).
  • Proof of licensure as an RN within the first semester of enrollment.


Contact Us

School of Nursing
Cynthia Dakin, Ph.D., R.N.
Director of Graduate Nursing Studies

Associate Professor