The RN to MS curriculum provides for seamless progression for the Registered Nurse (RN) with an associate degree in nursing (ADN) to the master’s degree (MS) in nursing, whether or not the student also holds a BA/BS in another field. Students who hold a BSN may proceed directly to pursuing the MS. Students who hold a BA/BS in a different field will be required to complete a number of prerequisite courses before pursuing the MS.
The RN to MS program will be offered online except for the clinical component. Students will be required to complete clinical nursing experiences, which will be undertaken in their home communities with appropriate local professional mentors. The master’s component of the program prepares practicing nurses to meet the core expectations of a master’s education in nursing and to assume the role of a nurse educator or nurse administrator. The student will earn a certificate either in Health Professions Education or in Health Administration from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) and the MS in Nursing from DePaul University. The certificate programs focus on interprofessional collaboration and are interdisciplinary in nature.
The master's program will culminate in a graduate practicum in which the interprofessional competencies will be supplemented by nursing-specific competencies as delineated by the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the National League for Nursing. In anticipation of earning the MS, students must apply for degree conferral.