RN to MSN Program
Preparing nurse professionals for the challenges of health care and leading the way to career advancement and mobility.
Nurses with a Bachelor of Science degree are highly sought after by health-care employers who recognize that patient acuity now necessitates a higher level of nursing education. The master's degree in nursing prepares the experienced nurse to advance in nursing leadership.
The RN to MSN option is designed to meet the educational needs of the registered nurse (RN) who wants to accelerate the process in obtaining a bachelor's and master's degree in nursing. Registered nurses may complete the first three terms through our online track or through the combination on-site and online track offered at the NSU Fort Lauderdale Campus, NSU Fort Myers Campus, NSU Miami Campus and NSU Orlando Campus campuses. Registered nurses receive 64 prior learning credits for their licensure. Upon evaluation of transcripts, additional transfer semester hour credits for general education courses completed at a college or university may be awarded. Completion of all general education courses is a requirement prior to beginning the Master of Science in Nursing courses in the RN to MSN program. Students will transition to the MSN courses after meeting the requirements.
There are three unique tracks to earning the MSN. Our MSN tracks in education, nursing informatics, and health systems leadership offer in-depth education by faculty experts in these fields.
- The nursing education track is for those nurses wishing to enhance their ability to transition to an academic or staff development position.
- The nursing informatics track is for nurses who are interested in the field of nursing computer technology and information science.
- The health systems leadership program is for nurses who desire a position of leadership within the unique organizational environment of health care.
For the student without an RN license, please visit the entry-level nursing program, which leads to the BSN and preparation for taking the RN licensure examination (NCLEX-RN).
Bachelor of Science In Nursing Program Goals and Outcomes
- Integrate knowledge, theory, and evidence-based research into current nursing practice.
- Assume a leadership role as the registered professional nurse in healthcare systems and diverse community settings.
- Engage in activities for continued professional growth
- Exhibit leadership that support of healthcare policies that promote safe quality nursing care within complex health care systems.
- Integrate evidence-based practices that support decision-making in the delivery of nursing care.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of patient and family centered nursing care based on nursing theories and evidence-based practice.
- Incorporate the concepts derived from liberal education to build an understanding of the human experience.
- Incorporate technology and information management to promote a safe practice environment.
- Engage in inter-professional collaboration to improve population health while considering fiscal and material resources in the delivery of safe nursing care.
- Integrate legal, ethical and professional values within generalist nursing practice.
- Collaborate with the inter-professional health community to provide culturally and spiritually competent patient and family centered care in health promotion and disease/injury prevention.
Master's of Science in Nursing Program Goals and Outcomes
MSN Program Goal
The graduate program builds on baccalaureate education and prepares graduates for advanced roles within the discipline of nursing.
MSN Program Outcomes
- Exhibit leadership through collaboration to promote quality and safety for improved patient outcomes.
- Transform clinical and educational practice through the integration of evidence.
- Design innovative strategies to improve practice environments.
- Incorporate knowledge of ethical and legal issues relevant to advanced nursing roles.
- Advocate for equitable healthcare policies that improve population health.
- Promote a culture of lifelong learning embracing professional nursing standards and values.
Education Track Outcomes
- Utilize evidence in educational design, implementation, and evaluation.
- Employ instructional strategies that recognize the diverse learner.
- Implement assessment and evaluation methods in a variety of learning environments.
- Analyze the teaching, scholarship and service roles of the nurse educator.
Health Systems Leadership Track Outcomes
- Integrate leadership and systems theories to promote quality and safety within complex health systems.
- Utilize technology, evidence, and inter-professional collaboration to improve patient outcomes in complex health systems.
- Apply business principles and practices within a healthcare delivery model.
- Design change strategies to meet regulatory standards based on analysis of current trends and data.
Nursing Informatics Track Outcomes
- Examine the role of nursing informatics competencies and the professional standards on nursing informatics practice
- Develop skills necessary to implement health information technology for knowledge management and quality improvement.
- Describe key legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to the utilization of health information technology.
- Apply leadership concepts to support the utilization of health information technology within the healthcare system.
Family Nurse Practitioner Outcomes
- Design evidenced based advanced nursing care for the target population.
- Integrate theory, evidence, clinical judgment and inter-professional perspectives to improve health care outcomes for the target population.
- Employ information systems technology and inter-professional collaboration to optimize safe and cost-effective health care outcomes.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate clinical prevention and population health activities within scope of practice.