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14.3 RN/BSN/MSN TRACK
The RN to BSN/MSN track is an accelerated track for the experienced, highly qualified RN who holds an associate degree or diploma in nursing and who wants to obtain an advanced degree in nursing. RNs who meet MSN program admission criteria can apply for early admission to the Graduate School while completing the BSN requirements. The BSN degree is awarded after completion of all BSN requirements in the fourth semester, and the MSN degree is awarded after completion of all MSN requirements in the seventh semester.
 

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate School. Applicants for the MSN will be considered on a competitive basis. Nurses who are interested in the RN/BSN/MSN track are encouraged to contact the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) RN Mobility Academic Advisor.  By June 1, apply for early, expedited admission to the MSN program

The following are requirements for admission:

  1. Admission/promotion to the RN/BSN program (see requirements in Undergraduate Catalog).
  2. A grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) or 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work is required.
  3. Completion of at least 97 semester hours of specified coursework  for BSN program
  4. Current unencumbered RN licensure in the United States.

Additional information is in the Admission Criteria section of this catalog.


Degree Requirements

 The MSN will be awarded to the student who has met the following requirements:

·       1. GPA of 3.0 or higher

        2. good standing at the time of graduation

        3. successful completion of the required coursework

Curriculum 

The RN/BSN/MSN program can be completed in two years.

 

Sample Program of Study

Summer I

 

NUR 319 Nursing Informatics

3

NUR 348 Role Transition   

4

_____

Total semester hours

7

(See undergraduate catalog for the above course descriptions.)

 

 

Fall I (Begin MSN Courses)

 

NUR 449 Community Health for Registered Nurses

5

NUR 521 Advanced Pharmacology

3

NUR 529/BSC 529† Advanced Pathophysiology

3

 

 

Total semester hours

11

Spring I

 

NUR 581/NHM 580†* Research and Statistics for Health Professionals

3

CHS 520 Basic Epidemiology

3

NUR 522† Human Relations Management

3

_____

Total semester hours

9

 

 

Summer II

 

NUR 505† Advanced Health Assessment

3

NUR 580† Fiscal Resource Management

3

_____

Total semester hours

6

 

 

Fall II

 

NUR 501 Theoretical Models for Advanced Nursing Practice with Rural Populations

3

 

 

NUR 502 Issues in Community-Based Care for Rural Populations

2

NUR 503 Informatics in Healthcare

2

_____

Total semester hours

7

Spring II

 

NUR 520/525 Evidence Based Practice: Roles and Processes

4

NUR 530 Practicum or

NUR 535 Clinical Immersion Experience

3

_____

Total semester hours

7

Summer II

 

Course

 

NUR 530 Practicum or

NUR 535 Clinical Immersion Experience

3

 

 

Total semester hours for degree completion

50

†Courses count toward completion of BSN and MSN degree requirements.


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