RN to MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) Program
If you’re an experienced, practicing RN with a nursing-focused associate’s degree, Wilkes University’s fully online RN to MSN program is a great way to earn a career-enhancing advanced nursing degree.
Our 49-credit RN to MSN program allows you to earn your master’s degree online in less than three years with our traditional progression – that’s less time than it takes to earn a BSN! Our accelerated program option means qualified, accepted students can take concurrent courses and complete this RN to MSN program in only two years, fully online (plus on-ground clinical work).
RN to MSN - How it Works
The Wilkes Advantage includes a curriculum that starts with two bridge courses totaling 10 credit hours. These transition courses are designed to quickly bring you up to a baccalaureate level of study and prepare you for graduate coursework. After successfully completing these two courses and their associated clinical requirements, you’ll then transition directly into the master’s degree program of your choice.
NOTE: A pass through bachelor’s degree is not awarded
RN to MSN Bridge Courses
This course is designed to facilitate the transition of RN students from other educational routes to baccalaureate education and professional nursing practice. The course focuses on the integration of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the development of the professional role to enhance quality outcomes for individuals, families, and populations across all healthcare settings and in complex healthcare environments. Students will begin advancing their knowledge on the transformational concepts related to master's education in nursing.
Please note: NSG 410 is a 7 credit-hour course (6 credit hours of theory, 1 credit hour of required clinical work) taught over 16 weeks. Remaining courses are 8 weeks in duration. RN to MSN students will NOT earn a baccalaureate degree if enrolled in this program; they will instead transition into and earn a full Master of Science degree.
NSG 410 Clinical Requirements:
Students are required to complete 45 hours (1 credit) of clinical experience. The clinical practice experience will incorporate course content and facilitate the transition of the student’s role behaviors to the baccalaureate level. Students will complete their clinical requirements by completing the following:
- Community Assessment/Windshield Survey
- Primary Care Case Study
- Identify community resources for a selected high risk or underserved population
This course prepares the RN to MSN student for professional role development in emerging health care delivery systems. The student synthesizes knowledge from previous nursing and supportive courses to manage care in an area of clinical practice consistent with career goals. Students will continue advancing their knowledge on the transformational concepts related to master's education in nursing.
Prerequisite: NSG 410
NSG 411 Clinical Requirements:
Students are required to complete 45 hours of clinical experience. The clinical practice experience will incorporate course content and facilitate the transition of the student’s role behaviors to the baccalaureate level. Each student will select their clinical site and develop a plan for the completion of clinical hours in conjunction with the course instructor. Clinical hours may include both direct and indirect care activities. The selected clinical site(s) will be utilized by the student for completion of course assignments.
MSN Degree Programs
After completing these bridge courses, you will then enter one of three fully online nursing master’s degree programs (with certification options) that prepare graduates as leaders in the health care field:
Nurse Executive MSN program:
This fully online 39-credit concentration prepares candidates for leadership and management roles through an intensive grounding in relevant business concepts, advanced practice, and workplace leadership.
Nursing Education MSN program:
This fully online 39-credit concentration prepares candidates with the skills and knowledge to make a lasting impact in the profession by teaching the next generation of practitioners.
Nursing Informatics MSN program:
This fully online 39-credit concentration prepares informatics nurse specialist candidates as leaders of health care teams in managing patient care outcomes for improving delivery of quality health care.
* A pass-through bachelor's degree in nursing is not granted as part of this program.