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 RN to MSN Program Information 

See listing of RN to MSN programs

 

• In 2002, 419 institutions awarded master’s degrees in nursing disciplines (IPEDS Completions survey). 

• Approximately 40 percent Masters in Science of Nursing programs enroll associate degree RNs.

• One hundred eighty-seven institutions indicate they offer registered nurse to Master of Science in nursing programs (DiscoverNursing.com and American Association of Colleges of Nursing lists).]

• At least 154 institutions offer registered nurse to Master of Science in nursing programs for RNs with an associate’s degree and no bachelor’s degree; three others reference RN-MSN programs but do not list admissions requirements (institutions’ Web sites).

• Institutions in 42 states and the District of Columbia offer associate’s degree RN to MSN programs.  The states without RN to MSN programs: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota,   New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

• Of the institutions with associate’s degree RN to MSN programs, 87 (56%) indicate that the BSN is awarded and 16 (10%) indicate that it is not awarded; 51 (33%) do not report that information on their Web site.

• At least 69 (45%) of RN to MSN programs are accelerated.  Fifty-five institutions indicate that their program to be a median of 11.5 credit hours shorter than sequential BSN and MSN programs; an additional four institutions indicate a median savings of four courses.

• Twenty-five institutions indicate that a median of 65 credits are accepted in transfer. 

• Seventy-seven institutions indicate that a median of 30 nursing credits are accepted through transfer, standardized testing, or possession of the RN license. In at least 30 of these institutions, the credits are awarded after the student completes a specific sequence of nursing courses or a number of nursing credits at the institution.

• One hundred thirteen institutions indicate that a median undergraduate GPA of 3.00 is required for acceptance into the RN-MSN program. 

• Forty-eight institutions indicate that a median of one year of registered nursing experience is required for acceptance into the RN-MSN program.

• Eighty institutions indicate that standardized test scores are required for acceptance into the MSN program.  Graduate Record Exam score requirements range between 800 and 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections, and Miller Analogies Test score requirements range between 40 and 50.

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