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Nursing RN to MS (BS)

The RN to MS curriculum provides for seamless progression for the Registered Nurse with an associate degree in nursing (ADN) to the master’s degree (MS) in nursing. Along the way, ADN-only students will earn the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in nursing; in anticipation of earning the BS, students must apply for degree conferral. However the focus of the program is on the attainment of the MS degree. 

The RN to MS program will be offered online except for the clinical requirements. Students will be required to complete clinical nursing experiences, which will be undertaken in their home communities with appropriate local preceptor agreements. 

The bachelor’s component of the program, leading to the BS in nursing, fulfills professional nursing standards for baccalaureate education in nursing, provides for immediate career mobility, and provides an accelerated path to the master’s degree. 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 Bachelor’s portion of the curriculum builds on the strong theoretical and skills preparation in both nursing and general education that the associate degree prepared RN has completed.​ Note that, in general, 2 semester hours transfer as 3 quarter hours.​​​​​​

Minimum Associate Degree Transfer Hours* 79 quarter hours
​Liberal Studies ​28 quarter hours
Professional Nursing Portfolio  Credit** 45 quarter hours
​Major Requirements 16 quarter hours
​Major Requirements Shared with MS Requirements ​24 quarter hours
​​*  View Undergraduate Student Handbook to learn of the maximum allowable number of transfer credit hours.
** The 45 quarter hour portfolio credit will be applied upon successful completion of NSG 330 and NSG 431 with a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
​Total hours required  192 hours