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

The RN-MSN option allows qualified registered nurses to complete the Bachelors of Science in Nursing Program by substituting selected Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN courses for upper division BSN 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 RN-BSN program and be admitted to that program.
  2. To be admitted to the RN-MSN 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 RN-BSN program and meet the admission requirements for the MSN program. The student may apply to the RN-MSN track upon successful completion of three of the five RN-BSN courses listed above.

Admissions Criteria for the Masters of Science in Nursing Program

  1. A current unencumbered Registered Nurse license(s). One year of experience as a Registered Nurse is preferred.
  2. 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), 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.
  3. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate Statistics course.
  4. 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. Applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program must submit at least one (1) recommendation from a faculty member in that program.
  5. 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.
  6. An essay of a maximum of 1000 words that addresses the following:
    1. Discuss a person, incident, or experience in your life that impacted your decision to become an advanced practice nurse or nurse educator who will care for a diverse population of patients.
    2. All students contribute to the creation of a diverse and inclusive environment when diversity is defined most broadly. Whether by a personal attribute, characteristic, culture, experience, or behavior, please tell us how you believe you will contribute to the diversity of the profession and the mission of Walsh University.
    3. Describe how your personal strengths, experiences, and aptitude will contribute to your success in graduate school (community service, leadership experience, nursing experience).
    4. Explain the academic challenges, success, or obstacles in your life that impacted the ability to achieve your goals.

*Based on submitted admission materials, the graduate admissions committee may require an interview.

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

New students are given instructions on how to register with their acceptance letter. Before or during the first half of the first semester, students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisors to map out a curriculum plan. For the remainder of the program students are responsible for registering for their own classes. The process is as follows:  

  • Graduate students may register on-line via the Walsh University Cavalier Center ( To register on-line, 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” and scroll down to the “Office of the Registrar” link. Scroll down to the link “forms” and then on “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 a 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

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