Accelerated Pathway to the Masters of Science in Nursing (for Non-Nursing Baccalaureate Degree students)


Description of Program

The Accelerated Pathway to the Masters of Science in Nursing is a program with an option for RN's who hold either an associate degree or a diploma, and have a bachelors degree in a discipline other than nursing from an accredited College or University and have considerable nursing experience and outstanding academic histories.

The accelerated option requires the individual to have 59 credit hours of pre-nursing courses. The individual receives 31 credits for nursing. The student needs a course in health assessment, nursing research, and a transitions course. The four hour transition course covers the concepts and theories of baccalaureate nursing as well as essential course content in the area of ethics, practice issues, nursing management concepts, theories, and issues of decision making. In addition, the individual completes a community health nursing course and a clinical practice experience in nursing course. The student has the option to present a portfolio of experiences and education for validation of one or both of course 433.

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Curriculum Schedule


Core Courses

Students applying under this option must satisfactorily show evidence of completion of the following prerequisite Liberal Arts and Science course work:

Semester Hours
Humanities 6
     Suggested-philosophy, religion, music, art, theatre, history, literature  
Social and Behavioral Sciences 9
     Suggested-anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, economics
Mathematics 3
     Intro to statistics is required

Physical and Life Sciences
     A laboratory component is required. Suggested areas of study: anatomy & physiology, chemistry and microbiology
Communications 6
     Suggested - English & Speech  
General Education Credits Including Electives 26

Total Prerequisite Credits in Liberal Arts & Science Coursework 62
Nursing: Professional Credits 31
RNs in this accelerated pathway must meet the following requirements prior to transitioning into the Masters Program:  
310 Health Assessment 3
318 Research for Nursing Practice 3
425 Promoting Healthy Communities 5
433 Experience in Clinical Nursing* 8
450 Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice 4
Total Semester Hours 23
*This course is available for credit through portfolio review. Contact us for more information.
Total Nursing Semester Hours 56-104

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