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.

Admissions 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 as listed below (excluding #3). 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), 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 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, or Nurse Educator 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, and personal and professional attributes that will contribute to your success in the program.
  8. An interview with Graduate Program Admissions Committee is required. The interview will be arranged after preliminary review of academic credentials and application materials. The purpose of the interview is to evaluate communication and decision-making skills; educational goals; and current leadership, scholarship, practice roles and activities.

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

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.

If the student decides to continue with the three graduate courses, they 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.



Nursing RN-MSN Program Requirements

Biology (3-4 sem. hrs.)
NURS 610Advanced Pathophysiology 33
Chemistry (3 sem. hrs.) above CHEM 109 or its equivalent
CHEM 200Aspects of Clinical Chemistry3
Mathematics (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 221Statistics (prerequisite is MATH 104 or its equivalent)3
Nursing (29 upper division sem. hrs.) 2
NURS 300RNTheor Conc for Nurs Practice 13
NURS 302RNCrit Think in Clin Decisions5
NURS 340RNNursing with Families3
NURS 420RNDV:Population Focused Nursing4
NURS 430RNNursing Leadership5
NURS 450RNNursing Capstone 22
NURS 614Adv Health Assessment 33
NURS 601Research Meth/Evid Based Pract 33

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


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


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

Credit for work experience, 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 HUM 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 before attempting the portfolio.