Master of Science in Nursing: RN to MSN Option

Dean of Nursing & Director of
Doctor in Health Care Education & Leadership

Aubray Orduña, Ed.D., M.S.N., R.N.
PH 402.552.6118 TF 800.647.5500 orduna@clarksoncollege.edu

Director of Graduate Nursing &
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Patricia Coyle-Rogers, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N.-B.C.
PH 402.552.3310 TF 800.647.5500 coylerogers@clarksoncollege.edu

Curriculum Requirements

The RN to MSN program at Clarkson College is designed to meet the needs of Registered Nurses (RNs) who wish to complete accelerated bachelor of science and master’s degrees in nursing. Students who are admitted into the RN to MSN program are initially listed as RN to BSN students; however, upon completion of the BSN requirements and RN to MSN progression requirements, students will automatically transition into the MSN program. Health Care Science Update courses can be taken to validate knowledge in selected basic undergraduate science classes. Students may also elect to challenge one fourth-year BSN nursing theory/clinical course combination, with appropriate nursing background, and can enroll in up to nine credit hours of graduate level nursing courses while completing requirements for their BSN. Exiting at the BSN level upon completion of all requirements is an option for students deciding not to pursue the MSN at that time.

Prerequisites

RN to BSN requirements must be met prior to admission to the MSN program:
The RN to BSN curriculum combines theory in general education, support courses and major courses. Forty-three semester hours are obtained through either completion of direct coursework or by validation credit (credit is granted after demonstration of equivalent knowledge). Nursing and General Education courses completed in associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs will be transferred when the coursework is considered comparable. All RN students are required to complete the Clarkson College core curriculum courses as listed in their specific degree plan. Credit by examination is also available for specific General Education courses. In order to complete a BSN degree at Clarkson College, students must successfully complete a total of 130 semester hours.

Service Requirements

Service reflects a holistic view that focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large. Students will become familiar with service agencies, connect learning with practice and engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence.

All students are required to complete designated service courses as a component of their program of study. Successful completion of service experiences is required to pass the designated service courses. Core and designated service courses are identified using the following symbol: ◊

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Admission Criteria

The following are required for admission to the RN to MSN program:

  • Completion of all General Education and support course BSN requirements, with the exception of the courses that can be validated with the health care update classes (i.e. HC 200, HC 205, HC 210).
  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Current unencumbered United States registered nurse license appropriate to the state where practicing and where clinical experience will occur.
  • Completion of Clarkson College application for admission to the RN to MSN program.
  • Essay outlining professional goals.
  • Two professional reference letters (e.g. from teachers, supervisors or managers who have knowledge of your ability; do not provide references from co-workers and friends).
  • Current resume.
  • Must have equivalent to one year of professional nursing work experience prior to enrollment in any MSN option course, two years for NP option course; however, may take core courses while obtaining experience.

Curriculum plan of required courses for RN to MSN option

General Education Courses (40 semester hours) Semester Hours
BI 122 Nutrition Science 3
BU 104 Basic Computer Applications 3
EN 101 English Composition I 3
EN 102 English Composition II 3
HC 104  ◊ Core I: Effective Interactions in the World of Health Care 3
HC 204  ◊ Core II: A Cultural History of the Healing Arts 3
HC 304  ◊ Core III: Ethical and Cultural Frontiers in U.S. Health Care 3
 
OR
NS 808  ◊
Electives
OR
Nursing Law and Ethics (graduate level)
11
 
3
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PY 200 Human Development 3
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
ST 310
OR
NS 847
AND
NS 804
Statistics
OR
Applied Statistics (graduate level)
AND
Application and Evaluation of Theory in Nursing (graduate level)

3

3

3

  Electives 4
    Total 40
Undergraduate Support Courses Semester Hours
BI 210 Microbiology*** 4
BI 211 Anatomy* 4
BI 213 Physiology* 4
HC 205 Health Care Update II (Pharmacology and Pathophysiology)** 3 and 3
CH 110 General Chemistry I*** 4
HC 220 Gerontology 2
HC 200 Health Care Science Update I and Validation Credit* 3 and 5
HC 210 Health Care Science Update III and Validation Credit*** 3 and 5

*Note: HC 200 Health Care Science Update I (three semester hours) may be taken in place of BI 211 Anatomy (four semester hours) and BI 213 Physiology (four semester hours). Upon successful completion of HC 200 Health Care Science Update I, the student will receive three semester hours of earned coursework and five semester hours of validation credit.

**Note: Upon successful completion of HC 205 Health Care Science Update II, the student will receive three hours of earned semester hours and three hours of validation credit.

***Note: HC 210 Health Care Science Update III (three semester hours) may be taken in place of BI 210 Microbiology (four semester hours) and CH 110 General Chemistry I (four semester hours). Upon successful completion of HC 210 Health Care Science III, the student will receive three semester hours of earned coursework and five semester hours of validation coursework.

Major Courses (70 semester hours)

A direct transfer package of 43 semester hours of nursing courses will be granted to students. Students are required to take a minimum of 27 semester hours of classes at Clarkson College. Other courses may be transferred or challenged according to individual course policies.

Transition Courses (seven semester hours Semester Hours
NS 349 Pathways for Success 1
NS 356 Concepts of Professional Practice for the RN-BSN/MSN 3
NS 357 Physical Assessment 3
    Total 7

Upon successful completion of the transition courses, the student is eligible to take the remaining undergraduate nursing courses.

Required undergraduate nursing courses to be taken prior to entering MSN program
(16–20 semester hours)

RN to MSN students with two or more years of work experience and expertise in leadership and management, home health or public health nursing may test for validation credit in one 400-level nursing theory and clinical course. If the chal­lenge is successful, the student may seek validation of the corresponding clinical nursing course.

  Semester Hours
NS 346 Evidence-Based Inquiry in Health Care 2
NS 804 Application and Evaluation of Theory in Nursing (graduate level) 3
NS 808 Nursing Law and Ethics (graduate level) 3
NS 472 Principles of Nursing Leadership and Management: Theory 3
NS 481  ◊ Population Health for the RN-BSN/MSN: Theory 3
NS 482 Capstone/Practicum for the RN to BSN/MSN 3
    Total 16–20

Total Semester Hours Required Prior to Transitioning into the MSN Program: 130-131

Nursing courses are offered on campus or through online education for the undergraduate courses. Graduate level courses are only offered in the online format. Clinical applications for the undergraduate courses may be completed at the student’s workplace with faculty approval and if clinical competencies can be met. Graduate level clinical placement must be discussed with and approved by the MSN program director or designee.

MSN Core Requirement Courses (eight to 17 semester hours) Semester Hours
GR 798 Essentials of Scholarly Writing 1
NS 847 Applied Statistics (only if not taken in place of ST 310) 3
NS 801 Theories and Concepts of Advanced Practice Roles 1
NS 803 Health Care Delivery Systems and Managed Care 2
NS 804 Application and Evaluation of Theory in Nursing (must be taken before NS 812) 3
NS 808  ◊ Nursing Law and Ethics (only if not taken in place of HC 304) 3
NS 812 Research Design and Methods I 3
    Total 8-17

Specialty option courses

Nursing Health Care Administration
(32-43 total hours = eight to 17 hours core + three hours evidence-based practice research project + 21 hours option)
Semester Hours
MB 808  ◊ Health Care Leadership 3
MB 851 Health Care Economics 3
MB 836 Health Care Project Management 3
MB 827 Finance for Health Care Leaders 3
MB 823 Health Care Strategic Planning & Marketing 3
MB 810  ◊ Human Resources and Organizational Behavior 3
NS 898 Nursing Health Care Leadership Practicum 3
    Total 21

Nursing Education (29-40 total hours = eight to 17 hours core + three hours evidence-based practice research project + 18 hours option) Semester Hours
NS 806 Theories of Learning for the Nurse Educator 3
NS 822  ◊ Curriculum Development for the Nurse Educator 3
NS 823 Evaluation Strategies for the Nurse Educator 3
NS 826 Pharmacology, Pathophysiology and Health Assessment Overview for Nurse Educators 3
NS 827 Teaching and Learning Strategies for the Nurse Educator 3
NS 894 Nursing Education Practicum 3
    Total 18

Family Nurse Practitioner*
(35-46 total hours = eight to 17 hours core + three hours evidence-based practice research project + 26 hours option)
Semester Hours
NS 828 Primary Care of the Geriatric Client 2
NS 830 Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NS 832 Primary Health Care I 3
NS 834  ◊ Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 836 Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 840 Primary Care of Children and Adolescents 3
NS 842 Primary Care of Women 3
NS 844 Primary Health Care II 3
    Total 26

*The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed for singular progression through clinical courses. Though the program may be com­pleted online, students are required to attend on-campus weekends for specified clinical courses. Only one clinical course may be taken at a time.

Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner** (35-46 total hours = eight to 17 hours core + three hours evidence-based practice research project + 26 hours option) Semester Hours
NS 828 Primary Care of the Geriatric Client 2
NS 830 Advanced Physical Assessment for Nurse Anesthesia 3
NS 832 Primary Health Care I 3
NS 834  ◊ Advanced Nutrition 3
NS 836 Pharmacology for Practitioners 3
NS 838 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NS 841 Behavioral Health Care for Practitioners 3
NS 842 Primary Care of Women 3
NS 844 Primary Health Care II 3
    Total 26

**The Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed for singular progression through clinical courses. Though the program may be com­pleted online, students are required to attend on-campus weekends for specified clinical courses. Only one clinical course may be taken at a time.

Evidence-Based Practice Research Project (three semester hours) Semester Hours
NS 910 Evidence-Based Practice Research Project I 1
NS 911 Evidence-Based Practice Research Project II 2
2NS 912 Evidence-Based Practice Research Project III 1
    Total 4

Total Semester Hours in the MSN Program 39-46