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RN to MSN Direct Program

Our RN to MSN Direct program is designed to allow you to attain a Master of Science in Nursing degree more quickly. If you are a registered nurse holding an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing, you will be able to earn an MSN degree without first earning a baccalaureate degree after completing 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 program is divided into two components: an Undergraduate Nursing Certificate and the graduate level MSN program. You are required to complete the 30-credit Undergraduate Nursing Certificate (UNC) before applying for the MSN portion of the program. The UNC contains 10 undergraduate nursing courses. They are:

  • 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:

  • 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, and 30 credit Undergraduate Nursing Certificate
  • 17-32 credits of free electives
  • Depending on the selected MSN track, you are required to complete 36 to 48 graduate credits. To earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree, as stipulated by the State of New Jersey, you must document the completion of at least 150 credits.

There are many options for specialization in the graduate portion of the RN to MSN Direct program.

Applying to the RN to MSN Direct Program

If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, you may be accepted as a graduate student in the RN to MSN Direct program. Upon completion of the Undergraduate Nursing Certificate, you will submit a graduate application to complete the MSN degree. Graduate tuition and fees apply. You will need:

  • 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
  • Possession of an RN license or be eligible to take the NCLEX examination to enroll in Individual Health Assessment. A current New Jersey RN license and proof of current $1,000,000 to $3,000,000 liability and malpractice policy.
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  • GRE scores may be waived pending a minimum of a B earned in each of the first four courses at the graduate level. Satisfactory GRE scores will be required to continue if a B or better is not earned in each of the first four graduate courses.
  • After acceptance and prior to starting classes, you 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, you 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.

If you do not meet the criteria to be accepted into the MSN program, you may complete the BSN degree by fulfilling the bachelor’s requirements. Monmouth offers an RN to BSN program designed to meet the schedules of most working nurses.

If you have any questions about the application process, please call the Office of Admission at 732-571-3456.