RN to MSN and BSN to MSN Programs

Registered nurses in the US typically have one of two types of degrees. The first is the ADN (Associate degree in Nursing); the second is the BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). Both types permit you to study an MSN, though your pathways will be different. For the former, you should look at RN to MSN degrees. For the latter, a BSN to MSN. They cover the same material but there is one key difference – the BSN to MSN is shorter as BSN graduates have more background to prepare them for further study.

Typical Program Length

  • The RN to MSN graduate program is six semesters – or two years
  • The BSN to MSN graduate program is four semesters – or one year to fifteen 15 months

Typical Admission Requirements

  • Registered Nursing license
  • An ADN or BSN (as stated)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale
  • Letters of recommendation – normally two or three. However, some may simply request a clinical resume instead
  • CPR certification
  • Completion of all required prerequisite courses (see university websites for details)

Accelerated & Master's Entry Nursing Programs

Master's Entry Nursing Programs, also known as MEPNs, Accelerated Nursing, Entry into Practice Masters, are different from other master's degrees. They are designed for people who do not have a background in the subject but have a bachelor's elsewhere, to join nursing as a profession. University of Maryland Clinical Nurse Leader allows those with other relevant degrees to transfer and practice in nursing.

Typical Program Length:

University of Maryland's Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice is a minimum two-year program.

Typical Admissions Requirements:

  • Submit copies of transcripts – an admissions counselor will then advise what else you need to do to be eligible for application
  • A number of prerequisite courses no longer ago than ten years before your application
  • Two science prerequisite courses from the following: chemistry with lab, anatomy and physiology I and II (with lab), microbiology (with lab)
  • $75
  • Acquire an academic recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Demonstrate English proficiency if your bachelor's degree comes from outside the US and is not part of the waiver program

2024 List of MSN Programs in Maryland

Maryland offers MSN nurses the opportunity to earn more than $100,000 per year when they have graduated from an MSN degree program. The job prospects upon graduation are countless, but a few of those options could be clinical nurse leader, private practice, community health care, or other similar roles. These types of jobs can be attained when you graduate from one of the 5 or so RN to MSN programs offered throughout the state.

MSN Programs By City:

Baltimore, MD

2500 West North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21216
(410) 951-3000

School of Nursing
525 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
(410) 955-4766

655 W. Lombard St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 706-6109

Bowie, MD

MSN Programs
14000 Jericho Park Road
Bowie, MD 20715
(301) 860-4000

Salisbury, MD

1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
(410) 543-6000

Takoma Park, MD

7600 Flower Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(800) 835-4212

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