Ruth Amador RN-BS-MSN ’13

Ruth is co-founder of the western Massachusetts chapter of NAHN, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.

The RN-BSN-MSN track is an accelerated program of study available to registered nurses seeking completion of both the baccalaureate (BSN) and masters degree in nursing (MSN). The RN-BSN-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-BSN program.

During the RN-BSN-MSN plan, the BSN degree is conferred upon successful completion of the RN-BSN required curriculum and 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-BSN-MSN track will be awarded two degrees – a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and a master of science in nursing (MSN).

Admission Requirements

RN-BSN-MSN Candidates

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

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

Nursing License Requirements

Applicants must be eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse in Massachusetts.

Required Documentation

  • One letter of recommendation, preferably from an academic source or 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.
  • Writing sample reflecting applicant’s graduate learning goals and reasons for applying to the graduate program (maximum length 3 pages).
  • Proof of licensure as an RN by end of second semester.


Click to view course requirements for the RN-BSN-MSN.

Students enrolled in the RN-BSN-MSN track first complete the required RN-BSN coursework listed below. Once a specialty track has been selected for the MSN degree, students continue their education with additional core classes and seminars relevant to their focus.

Fall Session 1

Course #Course Name# of Credit Hours
NUR 3101Nursing as a Profession3
NUR 2600Professional Communication3
NUR 3XXXTechnology: Methods and Tools for Online Studies1

Fall Session 2

Course #Course Name# of Credit Hours
NUR 3102Adult Health Assessment/RN3
MAT 1009Statistics3
Any religion (REL) course3

Spring Session 1

Course #Course Name# of Credit Hours
NUR 3207Family Theory/Application3
NUR 3107Genomics: Application to Nursing3

Spring Session 2

Course #Course Name# of Credit Hours
NUR 3400Evidence-based Nursing Practice3
NUR 4405Population Health Nursing3

Summer Session 1

Course #Course Name# of Credit Hours
NUR 4308Quality & Safety in Healthcare3
PHI 2408Healthcare Ethics3

Summer Session 2

Course #Course Name# of Credit Hours
Core courses as needed (HIS, ART)