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Online Classes: Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing (RN-MSN)

Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing (RN-MSN)

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Online curriculum designed to build a competitive edge and leadership experience for the working nurse

Overview

The RN to MSN program provides a unique option for those students who want to continue their education after completing their associate degree or diploma in nursing and earning their RN license that ultimately results in achieving an MSN degree. The program is offered in an online learning environment and allows students to work full-time while continuing to pursue their educational goals. The program offers students 32-39 block credits for their associate or diploma degree in nursing, in addition to credit for any previously completed and required general education coursework. The student completes 18 credit hours of bachelor level nursing coursework and any remaining, required general education coursework. Upon completion of bachelor level coursework, students enter the MSN program and complete 36 credit hours of MSN Program coursework with a focus in Nursing Education or Nursing Leadership. This program option incorporates both The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008) and The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011) identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing into the required coursework.

Explanation for Baccalaureate Equivalency for Graduates of the RN to MSN Degree
The RN to MSN program of study option is available for registered nurses who hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing who want to earn an MSN with a focus in Nursing Education or Nursing Leadership. Graduates do not earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), but are required to successfully complete certain baccalaureate coursework and the RN to MSN Bridge course prior to entering the MSN coursework. Upon completion of the RN to MSN program, students will have earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree which assumes a Baccalaureate Equivalent degree. The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) identify the MSN as a higher degree than a BSN and provides academic achievement that is beyond a BSN. The student can use the MSN transcript as a BSN equivalent if the need arises. This is further supported by the incorporation of both The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008) and The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011) identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing into the required program of study.

To earn the Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN) degree students must complete all college requirements for the RN to MSN degree including:

  • Block Credit from Associate or Diploma Degree in Nursing
  • General Education Coursework: To be determined based on the candidate’s previous educational record
  • Baccalaureate Nursing Coursework: noted above
  • MSN Coursework: the first five courses in the Master of Science in Nursing coursework serve as the core for students in both the MSN: Leadership Track and the MSN: Education Track. After completing the core coursework, students will divide into their respective specialty courses, then progress into their respective specialty Capstone I and II, and Practicum courses.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (Undergraduate) Effective Fall 2020

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of liberal education (Arts and Sciences) in making clinical judgments for diverse populations with complex health problems.
  2. Demonstrate leadership skills, quality improvement, and patient safety in caring for populations with complex health problems.
  3. Demonstrate ability to participate in basic nursing research by sharing evidence-based nursing practices with the inter-professional healthcare team.
  4. Employ knowledge and skills of information management in patient care technology.
  5. Apply principles of legal, ethical, and economic policy related to influencing healthcare delivery and practice.
  6. Effectively communicate and collaborate with interdisciplinary professionals to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care.
  7. Provide therapeutic nursing interventions that assist populations, communities, groups, and individuals across the life span whose lives are affected by, illness, distress, disease, disability, or death.
  8. Incorporate professional behavior, the commitment to lifelong learning, and professional values, including legal and ethical aspects into the practice of nursing.
  9. Integrate holistic care to a diverse population in a variety of healthcare settings.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (Undergraduate) Effective Spring 2021

  1. Integrate knowledge from nursing and other disciplines as the basis for clinical judgment.
  2. Apply quality improvement strategies to promote a culture of safety.
  3. Incorporate evidence-based practice to ensure effective nursing care.
  4. Use informatics and healthcare technologies to manage and improve the delivery of nursing and health care services.
  5. Demonstrate leadership strategies within the complex healthcare system to recognize and influence health policies and laws.
  6. Collaborate in interprofessional partnerships to optimize health.
  7. Provide health promotion and disease prevention interventions to improve population health outcomes.
  8. Incorporate professional and ethical behavior, the commitment to lifelong learning, and professional values into nursing practice.
  9. Provide holistic care to diverse populations across the lifespan.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (MSN)

  1. Demonstrate the values of compassion, excellence, human dignity, justice, sacredness of life, and service within the advanced nursing practice role.
  2. Employ holistic critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning to guide nursing actions in advanced nursing practice situations.
  3. Develop articulate communication skills for use in client care, team building, advanced practice, education, research, and leadership.
  4. Function as a leader in advanced nursing practice.
  5. Integrate scholarship into advanced professional practice through intellectual inquiry, generating scholarly activities, and unique nursing knowledge through research, and applying new knowledge to advanced nursing practice.
  6. Demonstrate professional expertise in knowledge development, clinical practice, research, systems leadership, and communication technologies.
  7. Synthesize and integrate knowledge from nursing and relevant sciences to influence quality care in advanced nursing practice that affects healthcare outcomes across varied populations.

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Career Outlook

Employment Growth - Nursing Education Track

“Given the growing shortage of nurse faculty, the job outlook for those seeking careers in nursing education is bright with a growing demand for individuals needed to teach in schools of nursing, hospitals, public health agencies, and other settings” (https://www.aacnnursing.org/Nursing-Education-Programs/Masters-Education).

Source: The American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Employment Growth - Nursing Leadership Track

“The national movement toward healthcare reform is ushering in new models of care delivery that will place nurses in the driver’s seat. As leaders of health/medical homes, nurse-managed health clinics, community health centers, and other settings, nurses are moving to become full partners in driving change in the healthcare arena. As more patients enter the system and an aging population creates the demand for transformation in health care, many more nurses will be needed to serve in primary care and specialty roles, as well as to lead independent practices”

Source American Association of College Nurses

Admission Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR RN TO MSN PROGRAM (Undergraduate Coursework)

There are three pathways to enter the RN to MSN Program depending on your educational record, review of required documentation and candidate status.

Please Note: New candidates must first apply for admission to the College.

Each candidate must submit a Graduate Application with RN to MSN Program selected, meet the following criteria, and submit the following documentation:

  • Possess a degree in nursing at the associate or diploma level from a regionally accredited institution that holds professional accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA).
  • Submit official transcripts of previous associate or diploma nursing degree coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale (Pathway 1), or minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0 scale (Pathway 2) and a conferred associate or diploma degree in nursing. Submit other official transcripts for review for general education transfer credit.
  • Block Credit/Transfer Credit: Applicants may receive blocked credit for a previously earned college degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited program. The Office of Student Records will review the transcript and determine the number of blocked credit hours that will be granted ranging from 32-39 credit hours for previous nursing coursework in an associate degree or diploma program. Submit other official transcripts for review for general education transfer credit.
  • Registered Nurse (RN) License Verification of a current, active and unencumbered RN license.
  • Submit a current professional resume or Curriculum Vitae and a statement of purpose. The statement of purpose (750-1000 words) should state the student’s education and career goals and reason for seeking an MSN.
  • Provide three professional references using the MSN reference form. References may include a manager/supervisor, previous nursing faculty, or nursing professionals with whom the applicant has worked. The applicant will send an electronic link to the person from whom he/she is seeking a reference. The person providing a reference will identify his/her name, position, e-mail, phone number, and will complete a short survey about the applicant using an online application process, identifying personal and professional strengths.

Pathway 1:

This option is available for new candidates with an acceptable review of required documentation who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale or higher from their associate or diploma nursing program.

  1. Candidate will be granted full admission into the RN to MSN Program.
  2. Candidate must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale on the undergraduate general education and RN to MSN baccalaureate nursing coursework to remain eligible to continue into the graduate nursing coursework.
  3. Candidate in Pathway 1 will need to complete the RN to MSN Candidacy Form only if his/her cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0/4.0 scale in the general education and RN to MSN baccalaureate nursing coursework.

Pathway 2:

This option is available for new candidates with an acceptable review of required documentation who have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0-2.9 from their associate or diploma nursing program. This will be a two-step process in which the candidate will first complete the required undergraduate coursework listed below, then submit an RN to MSN Candidacy Form to be reviewed for approval to begin the graduate coursework.

Admission requirements for RN to MSN Program

  1. Candidate will be granted admission into the RN to MSN Program contingent upon completing the coursework outlined in step 2, and cumulative GPA.
  2. Complete required undergraduate general education coursework and RN to MSN baccalaureate nursing coursework for the following courses NUR 304, NUR 324, NUR 374, NUR 384, NUR 414, and NUR 491 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale for full admission or minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3-2.9/4.0 scale for provisional admission prior to beginning graduate coursework.
  3. Submit RN to MSN Candidacy Form (to begin Graduate Coursework) the semester before taking NUR 414.
    1. Conditions of Provisional Admission
      Failure to meet any of the conditions below will result in program dismissal.
      -Students are required to earn a grade of a “B” or higher in the first nine (9) credit hours of coursework to be fully admitted to the program.
      -Students are required to follow and successfully complete an Academic Success Plan that includes meeting with:
      * Mercy College of Ohio or Smarthinking Writing Tutor 1-2 times each semester
      * Program Director/Program Coordinator 1-2 times each semester
      * Other services identified to promote student success
  4. Please note: If at the time of request for admission into the MSN program the student’s cumulative GPA is not a minimum of 2.3/4.0 scale in his/her baccalaureate coursework, the student remains eligible to continue in the RN to BSN Program.

Pathway 3:

This option is available for candidates who are current students in the BSN-C Program with an acceptable review of required documentation who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale or higher for full admission or cumulative GPA of 2.3-2.9/4.0 scale for provisional admission on their baccalaureate coursework who wish to take advantage of the RN to MSN Program option.

  1. Submit RN to MSN Candidacy Form before taking NUR 414.
  2. Submit a current professional resume or Curriculum Vitae and a statement of purpose. The statement of purpose (750-1000 words) should state the student’s education and career goals and reason for seeking the MSN.
  3. Provide three professional references using the MSN reference form. References may include an employer, previous nursing faculty, or nursing professionals with whom the applicant has worked. The applicant will send an electronic link to the person from whom he/she is seeking a reference. The person providing a reference will identify his/her name, position, e-mail, phone number, and will complete a short survey about the applicant using an online application process, identifying personal and professional strengths.