Nursing R.N.-M.S.N. for the Registered Nurse

The R.N.-M.S.N. option allows qualified registered nurses to complete the Bachelors of Science in Nursing Program by substituting selected Masters of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) courses for upper division B.S.N. courses. The program is designed for the experienced nurse who wishes to go on to pursue a master’s degree in nursing. Students in the RN to MSN program will not be required to have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree prior to admission to the MSN program. This will allow accepted students to have advanced placement within the MSN in their chosen specialty area.

Admission Requirements

  1. The student must meet all admission requirements for the R.N.-B.S.N. program and be admitted to that program.
  2. To be admitted to the R.N.-M.S.N. track, the applicant will have successfully completed the following courses:  chemistry, statistics, NURS 300RN, NURS 302RN, NURS 340RN, NURS 420RN and NURS 430RN, in the R.N.-B.S.N. program and meet the admission requirements for the M.S.N. program. The student may apply to the R.N.-M.S.N. track upon successful completion of three of the five R.N.-B.S.N. courses listed above.

Admissions Criteria for the Masters of Science in Nursing Program

  1. Submission of a completed Walsh application for admission (online) with the $25 application fee.
  2. A current unencumbered Registered Nurse license(s). One year of experience as a Registered Nurse is preferred.
  3. Official transcripts documenting a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a program accredited by a national organization responsible for nursing accreditation (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACNE), National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or their equivalent). Transcripts should document a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate coursework. Transcripts must be in English and credentials evaluated when appropriate.
  4. Completion of an Undergraduate or graduate Statistics course.
  5. Two professional letters of recommendation supporting the applicant's potential for success in the Master's program from graduate prepared nurses or faculty members who can address the applicant's potential or ability for functioning in the Family Nurse Practitioner, CNL or Education role (clinical skills, critical thinking, independent decision making, collaborative skills with other health professionals, and nursing leadership). Applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program must submit at least one (1) recommendation from a faculty member in that program.
  6. Resume or CV with your application that includes work experience, educational, leadership and professional organization activities, and scholarly activities including publications, presentations, research, honors and awards.
  7. A 1-2 page essay that will serve as the basis for the admission interview with faculty. It should address the following areas:
    • Reasons for seeking advanced education in the MSN program at this time in your career
    • Academic and career goals and how the MSN education will help you to realize those goals
    • Personal and professional attributes that will contribute to your success in the program
      The essay should be typed in APA format. The essay will be evaluated on both the quality of writing and the congruence between stated goals and those of the program.
  8. Upon completion of the application, those who meet the admission criteria will be invited to interview with the Graduate Nursing Admissions Committee.

Once admitted to the MSN Program the new RN-MSN student must follow all policies as posted in the MSN Handbook.

Return to the RN-BSN Track

The student may return to the traditional RN-BSN track at any point and finish the traditional RN-BSN requirements using all credits earned from the graduate level coursework (NURS 601, NURS 610 and NURS 614).

If the student decides to continue with the three graduate courses, he/she must also register for and take NURS 450RN: Nursing Capstone. Upon successful completion of the capstone course, these students will apply for graduation and receive their BSN degree.

Credit for Work Experience

Credit for work experience, with a maximum of two upper division nursing courses (excluding graduate courses), is an option for the registered nurse by using the professional portfolio process. Students are required to complete Humanities 200 in order to learn how to prepare a portfolio. They must submit their professional portfolio within one year of completing HUM 200. Students must arrange a written agreement with the faculty assigned to portfolio review.

Registration Procedures

Students who are fully admitted to the RN-MSN program may register by one of the following methods:

  • Graduate students may register online via the Walsh University Cavalier Center To register online, the student must obtain an alternate PIN from their assigned academic advisor and resolve any holds that may prevent registration.
  • Obtain a form from the website Click on "Academics" then "Office of the Registrar" then "Forms" to find the Graduate Registration Form. Download a copy and fax 330-490-7372, mail or present the completed form to the Registrar’s Office (located in Farrell Hall).

Academic Advising

Upon admission to the master's program, the student is assigned to an initial graduate faculty member who will then work with the student to develop a plan that will allow the student to progress through the program as efficiently as possible. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors prior to registration each semester to confirm their program plan.

Biology (3-4 sem. hrs.)
NURS 610Advanced Pathophysiology 13
Chemistry (3 sem. hrs.) 2
CHEM 200Aspects of Clinical Chemistry (Recommended)3
Mathematics (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 221Statistics 33
Nursing (29 upper division sem. hrs.)
NURS 300RNTheor Conc for Nurs Practice 43
NURS 302RNCrit Think in Clin Decisions5
NURS 340RNNursing with Families3
NURS 420RNDV:Population Focused Nursing4
NURS 430RNNursing Leadership5
NURS 450RNNursing Capstone 52
NURS 614Adv Health Assessment 13
NURS 601Research Meth/Evid Based Pract3

NURS 601, NURS 610, and NURS 614 are graduate level courses that may be applied to the undergraduate degree requirements.


Above CHEM 109 or its equivalent


Prerequisite is MATH 104 or its equivalent


NURS 300RN must be the first upper division nursing course taken


NURS 450RN must be taken during the last semester before graduation