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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.

An application for the new RN to MSN Program has been submitted to the accreditor and is pending Higher Learning Commission approval.

HLC Update 5/22/2020

We are excited to share with you that Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Change Panel has reviewed and recommended approval for Mercy College to offer the Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing Program (RN to MSN) with tracks in Nursing Leadership, and Nursing Education.

The final step is the Institutional Actions Council (IAC), an HLC decision-making body, will act on the Change Panel’s recommendation at its next meeting this summer to issue final approval.

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)

  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.

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

There are two pathways to enter the RN to MSN Program depending on your GPA.
Please note: New students must first apply for admission to the College.

Each candidate must meet the following criteria:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Block 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.
  4. Registered Nurse (RN) License Verification of a current, active and unencumbered RN license.

Pathway 1:

This option is available for candidates who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale or higher from their associate or diploma nursing program.

  1. Submit RN to MSN Program Advancement Form.
  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 an MSN.
  3. 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.
  4. Once admitted into the RN to MSN Program, a student must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or above. If the GPA falls below 3.0/4.0 but remains above 2.3/4.0, the student will need to follow the Provisional Admission guidelines as they enter the graduate coursework.

Pathway 2:

This option is available for candidates 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 submit an application to begin the undergraduate coursework. After completion of the required undergraduate coursework the student will submit an application to begin the graduate coursework.

Admission requirements for RN to MSN Program (Undergraduate Coursework)

  1. Submit Application for RN to MSN Program (Undergraduate Coursework).
  2. Complete undergraduate general education coursework plus, RN to MSN baccalaureate nursing coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale for the following courses NUR 304, NUR 324, NUR 374, NUR 384. In addition, admission will be contingent upon completion of NUR 414, and NUR 491 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale prior to beginning graduate coursework.
    1. Provisional Admission: Please Note: At the time of the request for admission into graduate coursework, if the student does not meet the required minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale, the student may be eligible for provisional admission if their baccalaureate coursework GPA is a minimum of 2.3/4.0 scale. To be removed from provisional status, a student must complete 9 credit hours of graduate coursework earning at least a “B” in each course. During this time students admitted on provisional admission status who earn a grade less than a “B” will be dismissed from the MSN program and may not apply for re-admission. An Academic Success Plan will be developed with the student to align student’s educational needs with student support services.
  3. Please note: If at the time of request for admission into the MSN program the student’s cumulative GPA is not a minimum of 3.0/4.0 scale in his/her baccalaureate coursework, the student remains eligible to continue in the RN to BSN Program.

Admission requirements for RN to MSN Program (Graduate Coursework)

  1. Submit RN to MSN Program Advancement Form (Graduate Coursework) the semester 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.
  4. Progression in RN to MSN Program: Once admitted into the RN to MSN Program, a student must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or above.