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Nursing: RN to MSN Accelerated Track

Degree Type: Master of Science in Nursing
College(s): College of Health Professions

Why Choose the RN to MSN Accelerated Track?

This track is a hybrid option that combines the RN to Bachelor of Science (BSN) Completion and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs to allow a Registered Nurse (RN) prepared at the associate degree level to earn both the BSN and MSN degrees in a shorter timeframe.

Students begin by entering the RN to BSN completion program to complete required BSN bridging coursework that serves as the foundation for the MSN program. The bridging coursework includes 16 nursing credits and completion of all general education (liberal arts) coursework required for the BS degree. Once these courses are complete and the student has an overall GPA of 3.0, the student can apply for an accelerated admission to the MSN program, bypassing 10 nursing credits. Students then have the opportunity to demonstrate competency for those 10 credits at a higher level in the MSN coursework.

Students can earn both degrees fully online (note that some MISM courses in the informatics concentration of the MSN may require some face to face class meetings.) Upon completion of the MSN program, graduates are granted both the BSN degree and the MSN degree.

Both the BSN and MSN programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Career Opportunities

The BSN degree is quickly becoming the desired level of preparation for all registered nurses and provides many opportunities for career mobility in both acute care and community health practice settings. See the RN to BSN Completion Program catalog page for more information about this degree.

The MSN degree at Ferris prepares graduates for advanced specialty leadership roles in the areas of nursing administration, nursing informatics and nursing education. See the MSN Program catalog page for more information about this degree.

Admission Requirements

To enter the RN to MSN completion program, the student must have an RN license and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in the basic nursing degree program. Other prerequisites include the general education requirements for the AAS degree at Ferris.

To apply for the MSN program, the RN to BSN student must complete all of the BSN Bridging coursework, General Education coursework for the BS degree to demonstrate competency at the BSN level. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the coursework completed at the BS level. In addition, students must submit a writing sample, three letters of reference, a curriculum vitae or resume, and a completed application form for the MSN program.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requires a minimum of 3.0 GPA. Students must earn a grade of 2.0 or better in each MSN program course (no more than 2 courses with "C" or lower.) Completion of all coursework and professional porrtfolio is required within a 5-year time limit from the start of the MSN coursework.

More Information

Sharon Colley, Program Coordinator
College of Health Professions
Ferris State University
Big Rapids, MI 49307
231-591-2288


Both the RN to BSN and MSN programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN.)
http://www.acenursing.org

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) publishes a variety of nursing and nursing education materials, including a list of nursing programs and information on student financial aid.

Communications Department
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-975-5000
FAX: 404-975-5020
www.acenursing.org

Required Courses
Credit Hours

RN to BSN Bridging

Scientific Understanding Coursework from RN Program
7
Intermediate Algebra
3
or
Contemporary Mathematics
4
The U.S. Health Care System
3
Safety Issues in Health Care
1
Statistics in Health Care
3
Evidence-based Health Care
3
Interpersonal Communication
3
or
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
or
Small Group Decision Making
3
Or Other Foundation Communicaiton Course
3
English 1
3
English 2
3
Advanced Composition
3
Social Awareness Elective
9
Cultural Enrichment Elective
9
Population Based Health Prom
3
RN to BSN Skills Acquisition
3
Transition Profess Nursing
3
Community Nursing
3
Leadership in Nursing
3
Total NURS Credits for Bridging to MSN:
18

MSN

Nursing Core (18 Credits)
Intro to Adv Nursing Roles
3
Organiz and Systems Leadership
3
Health Care Sys,Policy & Advoc
3
Critique of Evidence for Pract
3
Quality Improvement & Safety
3
Clinical Prev & Pop Health
3
Specialty Concentration (9 Credits, Select One):
Nursing Education Concentration
Curriculum Design in Nurs Educ
3
Teach Methods in Nursing Educ
3
Advanced PPP
3
Nursing Administration Concentration
Leadership Role for Nurs Admin
3
Choose 2 courses from the Advanced Study Certificate in Management Tools and Concept:
Intro Performance Metrics
3
Qual Improvement Prin-Appl
3
Sustainable Developmnt for Org
3
Project Management
3
Other MMBA courses may be substituted to best fit the needs of the individual student's professional career goals.
Nursing Informatics Concentration
Leadership Role for INS
3
Choose 2 courses or a pair of courses from the MS in Information Security and Intelligence

Paired courses: MISI 610 and MISI 740; PROJ 640 and PROJ 642; MISI 660 and MISI 662
Database Mgt and Security
3
Information Security/Assurance
3
Pen Test/Vulnerability Assess
3
Business Intelligence
3
Project Management
3
Project Leadership
3
Other MISM courses may be substituted to best fit the needs of the individual student's professional career goals.
Integration of Knowledge (10 Credits)
Clinical Practicum I
2
Clinical Practicum Prep II
2
Clinical Practicum I
3
Clinical Practicum II
3
Total credits required for degree:
37
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