• RN TO MSN DIRECT PROGRAM

    (150 credits)

    RNtoMSN1

    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’s 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. Monmouth stands out among the nursing schools in New Jersey in offering flexible course schedules, doctorally prepared faculty, and a personalized learning environment.


    THE PATH

    The RN to MSN Direct Program has been in place since 2008 and was designed to allow nurses to more quickly attain the MSN degree. Registered nurses who presently hold an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing are able to earn an MSN degree without earning a formal baccalaureate degree upon successful completion of undergraduate and graduate courses totaling 150 credits.

    Students are required to complete the 30-credit Undergraduate Nursing Certificate (UNC) before applying for the RN to MSN Direct program. The UNC contains 10 undergraduate nursing courses. They are as follows: RNtoMSN2

    • NU 311 Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing
    • NU 312 Individual Health Assessment
    • NU 360 Transcultural Health
    • NU 365 Wisdom, Wellness, and Aging
    • NU 413 Nursing of the Young Family
    • NU 414 Nursing of the Community
    • NU 415 Community Nursing Practicum
    • NU 440 Health Policy
    • NU 450 Nursing of the Future
    • NU 476 Interpersonal Violence

    Prior to acceptance into the MSN Program, registered nurse applicants must successfully complete the following:

    • Complete 102-114 undergraduate credits, depending on the selected MSN track which must include:
      •  An associate's degree or diploma in nursing*
      •  Minimum GPA of 2.75
      •  Completion of undergraduate course work including: English Composition I and II, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Chemistry, Introduction to Psychology, and an additional 3 credits of an introductory social science course with a grade of C or better*
      •  Thirty-credit Undergraduate Nursing Certificate
    • 17-32 credits of free electives*
    • Depending on the selected MSN track, students are required to complete 36 to 48 graduate credits. In order to earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree, as stipulated by the State of New Jersey, students must document the completion of at least 150 credits

    *Students can transfer in 30 undergraduate lower-division nursing courses, in addition to transferring in 28 credits for the required undergraduate courses.


    There are many options for specialization in the coursework chosen.


    EIGHT 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. Applicants will need:

    1. Possession of an associate's degree in nursing or diploma in nursing from an accredited program with a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA.
    2. A personal statement (one to two pages) outlining professional goals.
    3. Two letters of recommendation.
    4. One year of clinical experience is necessary to begin the clinical specialty.
    5. Possession of an RN license or be 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.
    6. Résumé.
    7. After acceptance, prior to starting classes, a student must submit to the Marjorie K. Unterberg 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;
    8. 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 3credits 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. Monmouth offers an RN to BSN program designed to meet the schedules of most working nurses.

    See the complete curriculum here.

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