The RN to MSN program is designed to facilitate an acceleration and integrated progression for students enrolled in the RN to BSN Program to the MSN Program.

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The RN to MSN program is designed to facilitate an acceleration and integrated progression for students enrolled in the RN to BSN Program to the MSN Program.

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This program of study allows nurses to apply six hours of graduate course credit to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Two courses in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program may be substituted for two courses in the RN to BSN program, allowing students to graduate with their BSN degree and complete their MSN program in 30 additional credit hours of courses.

Registered Nurses must be accepted into the RN to BSN Program. Students should notify their Academic Advisor of their intent to enter the RN to MSN accelerated course of study.

Upon approval by the RN to BSN advisor, two courses in the MSN curriculum (NURS 500: Theoretical Basis for Advanced Practice and NURS 501: Nursing and Health Care Systems and Issues) will be substituted for two courses in the BSN curriculum (NURS 300: Concepts in Professional Nursing and NURS 303: Trends in Healthcare) respectively. Students will receive the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree upon completion of the RN to BSN requirements with the substituted courses. Students may then apply to the MSN program to complete the remaining 30 hours of the MSN course requirements. Students must meet all admission requirements for the MSN Program.

At any time in the RN to BSN Program, students who wish to continue for the MSN at Gardner-Webb may consult with their Academic Advisor. If compatible with the individual's professional and personal goals, the faculty encourages students to continue their education in nursing. The MSN Program is in the University's Graduate School and is tailored for adult, working students.

  1. A Baccalaureate Degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited nursing program;
  2. Current unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the United States;
  3. GPA of 2.70 or better on all undergraduate work as evidenced by transcripts of all previous college studies;
  4. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). (GRE required for the MSN/MBA Program);
  5. Three letters of reference; Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the state in which you reside and any other state lived in during the past ten years;
  6. Immunizations as required by the University; and
  7. Completion of a graduate or undergraduate general statistics course, which included probability theory, inferential statistics, and descriptive statistics with a grade of “C” or better.
  8. Satisfactory completion of a baccalaureate level nursing health assessment course (3 credit hours)
  9. Satisfactory completion of a baccalaureate level community health nursing course. (3 credit hours)
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