RN TO MSN DIRECT PROGRAM
The RN to MSN Direct program is designed to allow nurses to more quickly attain a Master of Science in Nursing degree. Registered nurses who presently hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing will be able to earn an MSN degree without first earning a baccalaureate degree on completion of a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses totaling 150 credits.
Qualified students are accepted into the RN to MSN Direct program as graduate students. There are 30 credits of preparatory RN graduate courses (RN 500 A-I) which covers the nursing knowledge taught in the upper division BSN program. Beyond the 30 graduate RN credits, there are 36 to 45 graduate nursing credits depending on the selected MSN track.
Prior to being accepted into the RN to MSN Direct program, registered nurse applicants need to have completed the required undergraduate courses, which include:
- English Composition I and II
- Anatomy and Physiology I and II
- Introduction to Psychology
- Three additional Social Science credits
- 17-32 credits of Free Electives
There are many options for specialization in the coursework chosen.
*Students are given the option to transfer in 30 undergraduate lower-division nursing courses, in addition to transferring in 28 credits for the required undergraduate courses.
NINE THINGS YOU NEED
Students without a baccalaureate degree may be accepted as graduate students in the RN to MSN Direct program. Graduate tuition and fees apply.
- Possession of an associate's degree in nursing or diploma in nursing from an accredited program with a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA.
- GRE scores may be waived pending a minimum of a "B" (3.0) earned in each of the first four NU graduate courses of the graduate program. Satisfactory GRE scores will be required to continue if a "B" or better is not earned in each of the first four courses.
- A personal statement (one to two pages) outlining professional goals;
- Two letters of recommendation;
- One year of clinical experience is necessary to begin the clinical specialty. Students pursuing the RN to MSN Direct degree full time will need to have at least two years of clinical experience upon starting the nursing specialty courses in the MSN program;
- Possession of an RN license or is eligible to take the NCLEX examination to enroll in Individual Health Assessment. A current New Jersey R.N. license and proof of current $1,000,000 to $3,000,000 liability and malpractice policy;
- After acceptance, prior to starting classes, a student must submit to the School of Nursing and Heath Studies a certificate of good health from a primary care practitioner including a complete health history and physical exam. Before beginning clinical laboratory experiences student are required to have a physical examination, with associated laboratory studies, immunizations, and criminal background checks, in accordance with the special requirements of affiliation contracts with clinical agencies;
- Prior to being accepted into the RN to MSN Direct program, registered nurse applicants need to have completed the required undergraduate courses, which include: English Composition I and II, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Chemistry, Introduction to Psychology, and three credits in Social Science.
Students who do not meet the criteria to be accepted into the MSN program may complete the BSN degree by fulfilling the baccalaureate requirements.
See the complete curriculum here!