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Nursing RN to MSN Accelerated Track MSN

Degree Type: Master of Science in Nursing

College(s): College of Health Professions

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
RN to BSN Bridging - Required Courses
Scientific Understanding Coursework from RN Program 7
COHP 101 The U.S. Health Care System 3
COHP 102 Safety Issues in Health Care 1
COHP 350 Statistics in Health Care 3
COHP 450 Evidence-based Health Care 3
Choose One:
COMM 105 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 121 Fundamentals-Public Speaking 3
COMM 221 Small Group Decision Making 3
Or 3
Other Foundation Communication Course 3
ENGL 150 English 1 3
ENGL 250 English 2 3
ENGL 321 Advanced Composition 3
Social Awareness Elective 9
Cultural Enrichment Elective 9
MATH 115 Intermediate Algebra 3
MATH 117 Contemporary Mathematics 4
NURS 310 Population Based Health Prom 3
NURS 320 RN to BSN Skills Acquisition 3
NURS 324 Transition Profess Nursing 3
NURS 340 Community Nursing 3
NURS 440 Leadership in Nursing 3
Total NURS Credits for Bridging to MSN 18
MSN Required Courses
Nursing Core (18 credits)
NURS 501 Intro to Adv Nursing Roles 3
NURS 511 Organiz and Systems Leadership 3
NURS 521 Health Care Sys,Policy & Advoc 3
NURS 531 Critique of Evidence for Pract 3
NURS 541 Quality Improvement & Safety 3
NURS 551 Clinical Prev & Pop Health 3
Specialty Concentration (9 credits) select one
Nursing Education Concentration
NURS 601 Curriculum Design in Nurs Educ 3
NURS 611 Teach Methods in Nursing Educ 3
NURS 621 Advanced PPP 3
Nursing Administration Concentration
NURS 631 Leadership Role for Nurs Admin 3
Choose 2 courses from the Advanced Study Certificate in Management Tools and Concepts.
MMBA 612 Intro Performance Metrics 3
MMBA 615 Qual Improvement Prin-Appl 3
MMBA 745 Sustainable Developmnt for Org 3
PROJ 640 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*
NURS 641 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
MISI 610 Database Mgt and Security 3
MISI 660 Information Security/Assurance 3
MISI 662 Pen Test/Vulnerability Assess 3
MISI 740 Business Intelligence 3
PROJ 640 Project Management 3
PROJ 642 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)
NURS 711 Clinical Practicum I 2
NURS 712 Clinical Practicum Prep II 2
NURS 791 Clinical Practicum I 3
NURS 792 Clinical Practicum II 3
Total credits required for degree: 37

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 demonstrte 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 National League of Nursing Accreditation Council (NLNAC.)

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 is required within a 5-year time limit from the start of the MSN coursework.

More Information

Debby Buck, Off Campus Student Support
College of Health Professions
Ferris State University
Big Rapids, MI 49307

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

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. For a complete list of ACEN publications, please direct your request to:

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

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