RN to MSN and BSN to MSN Programs

The typical route to an MSN is via ADN-educated RNs who wish to springboard to an MSN. These programs may be fully online (to work at your own pace), offline (traditional campus), while some offer hybrid programs which offer the best of both options. Sometimes, the same schools offer these flexible options. Both the RN to MSN and BSN to MSN have similar curriculums. Where they differ is that because the BSN has more of an academic approach and is a full degree, they tend to be shorter than RN (for ADN educated nurses) to MSN.

Typical Program Length:

  • Six semesters full-time for an RN to MSN program
  • Four full-time semesters for a BSN to MSN program of 50-56 credit hours

Typical Admission Requirements:

  • Valid RN license
  • ADN or BSN from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate work
  • Minimum three letters of recommendation and/or resume with clinical experience
  • Evidence of CPR certification
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses

Accelerated & Master's Entry Nursing Programs

MENPs – or to give them their full title, Master's Entry Nursing Program (sometimes known as MEPNs, Accelerated MSNs, or just Accelerated Master’s Pathways) are a special type of graduate program for graduates with a bachelor's degree in something other than nursing. It works at an accelerated pace, essentially converting existing qualifications. The University of Alabama is one such institution offering this rigorous program which will make you eligible for an RN license and advanced nursing degree in any chosen specialty.

Typical Program Length:

  • University of Alabama's Accelerated Master's in Nursing can be completed in one to two years, which is typical for this type of program

Typical Admissions Requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree (accredited)
  • A personal interview
  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and submit all transcripts
  • A GRE score of 297 in verbal and quantitative sections. Alternatively, score 410 on MAT, or 480 on GMAT. Tests must not be more than five years old
  • International students for whom English is not a first language must score 500 on TOEFL. Some others may be waived under some circumstances
  • Complete pre-requisite courses as listed on their website with a 3.0 GPA

2024 List of MSN Programs in Alabama

With a BSN in hand, many Alabama nurses find that it's beneficial to continue investing in their education by pursuing an MSN degree. To this end, there are more than 5 colleges and universities throughout the state that offer MSN degree programs for those nurses looking to obtain their degree either full-time or through blended learning while balancing their ongoing professional responsibilities.

MSN Programs By City:

Birmingham, AL

Florence, AL

501 Circular Road | UNA Box 5009
Florence, AL 35632
(256) 765-4328

Huntsville, AL

301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899
(844) 749-8043

301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899
(256) 824-1000

Jacksonville, AL

Mobile, AL

Montgomery, AL

MSN Programs
7400 East Drive
Montgomery, AL 36117
(334) 244-3000

Troy, AL

Troy University School of Nursing, Pell Ave
Troy, AL 36081
(334) 834-2320

Tuscaloosa, AL

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