RN to MSN and BSN to MSN Programs

Two pathways are available to earning an MSN. Both depend on your current qualifications and background. The first is the RN to BSN for graduates with an Associate Degree. The second is a BSN to MSN degree. While the outcomes are the same for both types, the RN to MSN type requires more work and will take longer to bring ADN graduates up to the level of BSN graduates first. You will find online programs (remote working), offline (on-campus), and some hybrids that mix the best elements of both.

Typical Program Length

  • The normal program length for a BSN to MSN is four semesters
  • The normal program length for an RN/ADN to MSN to six semesters

Typical Admission Requirements

  • A current license to practice as a Registered Nurse (in good standing)
  • A regionally accredited ADN or BSN
  • A GPA score of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale on all academic work
  • Three clinical recommendation letters or a resume with your practice nursing experience listed
  • CPR certification
  • Minimum pass grade achieved on all listed prerequisite courses

Accelerated & Master's Entry Nursing Programs

Accelerated Nursing Programs, also known as Direct Entry or Entry into Practice for Nursing and other names, are for non-nursing college graduates to switch careers. They are rapid and intense courses usually taken over one to two years to take advantage of your bachelor's experience and apply to a new career. University of Iowa College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing: Entry into Practice program. In the end, students may practice as an RN and may work towards certain specializations.

Typical Program Length:

You will complete the University of Iowa's Entry into Practice Nursing Master’s in 20 months at a full-time pace. No part-time options are currently available.

Typical Admissions Requirements:

  • First degree must be from an accredited university or college
  • No existing Nursing License
  • Pass all prerequisite courses – including Statistics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences (choices available)
  • A GPA of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale
  • Submit to background checks
  • International students who do not speak English as a first language and do not come from a country with a waiver program must submit English proficiency scores. Minimums are: TOEFL 81, IELTS 7 with no sub-score of 6, DuoLingo 105. You must then sit an internal EPE and acquire a score of 100 or higher

2022 List of MSN Programs in Iowa

Full-time and part-time options are available at Iowa institutions that offer RN to MSN programming. Nurses that obtain their MSN degree have been known to find careers in an array of different fields including home health care, clinics, health administrator roles and more, and having an MSN degree can give each graduate the ability to diversify your career.

MSN Programs By City:

Cedar Rapids, IA

1330 Elmhurst Dr NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
(319) 363-8213

Iowa City, IA

MSN Programs
50 Newton Road
Iowa City, IA 52242
(319) 335-7018

Lamoni, IA

1 University Place
Lamoni, IA 50140
(641) 784-5000

Sioux City, IA

Waterloo, IA

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