RN to MSN and BSN to MSN Programs

Students entering an MSN have usually followed one of two pathways: the first is from working as an RN having studied an ADN. The second is the more academic BSN to MSN route. Both types may be fully online, fully on-campus, or hybrid – often at the same universities. Fully online provides more flexible study, but the hybrid is ideal for those who want flexibility while retaining campus elements. You will find that RN to MSN and BSN to MSN have similar curricula, though the former will be longer as the student will need to learn more and do more without the bachelor's background.

Typical Program Length

  • RN/ADN to MSN programs usually take six semesters at full-time pace
  • Four full-time semesters for BSN to MSN

Typical Admission Requirements

  • A current and in date RN license
  • Accredited ADN or BSN
  • Minimum entry GPA is usually 3.0
  • A resume detailing clinical experience and/or three letters of recommendation from relevant referees
  • CPR certification
  • All prerequisite courses completed to a minimum stated grade

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