Registered Nurse to Master's of Science in Nursing

Advancing the cause of compassionate care.

Gardner-Webb believes all humans are made in the image of God. Advancing your career as a leader among Registered Nurses (RN) allows you to minister to every person with outstanding care and respect while guiding teams of nurses to create a culture of compassion and empathy. 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.

Grounded in Christian values, our Nursing program emphasizes holistic healthcare and faith-based curriculum, focusing on clinical competence, therapeutic relationships, and social awareness.

Your professors will help you grow and apply your faith to compassionate patient care, as well as sharing their own career experiences with you. They’ll also support you with one-on-one guidance, helping you meet your degree requirements and plan your future career or graduate study goals.


What You’ll Learn

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.

Available Programs

Registered Nurse to Masters of Science in Nursing

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 (NUR 308: Concepts in Professional Nursing and NUR 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.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.


What You’ll Do

You can find employment at hospitals, medical centers, schools, nursing home, rehab centers, and more. With additional education, you can pursue careers in research or administration or choose to specialize in various nursing fields.

Many of our students continue their education right here at Gardner-Webb, where we also offer a Post -Masters Doctor or Nursing Practice (DNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP-FNP), or Psychiatric Mental Health (DNP-PMHNP).

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