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R.N. to M.S.N.

Registered nurses wishing to advance quickly to higher levels have the option to apply directly to the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program. The B.S.N. degree is included, along with its benefits, so you’ll save time and money with this bridge program. Only 10 semesters or less is required. For students committed to becoming leaders, an accelerated program into graduate education gets them there expeditiously.

What you'll study.
Benefit from the best of both worlds from the undergraduate B.S.N. to the graduate M.S.N. program and tailored transitional courses. After completing your undergraduate coursework, you can choose between nonclinical or clinical M.S.N. tracks. The nonclinical M.S.N. offers concentrations in Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, and Health System Leadership. The clinical M.S.N.-A.P.R.N. features concentrations in Family Nurse Practioner (FNP) and Gerontology-Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (GAACNP).

Fewer total courses are required than if the B.S.N. and M.S.N. degrees were pursued separately.

How you'll learn more.
Access to a writing center and other means of support enhance your academic experience. You’ll enjoy the flexibility of online courses taught by exceptional faculty members. A practicum gives you opportunities to apply your advancing knowledge in your selected field.

Where it can take you.
A graduate degree prepares you for leadership and other important roles in healthcare. Tackling the concentrated R.N. to M.S.N. bridge program shows employers that you are committed to excellence and achievement, and it places you ahead of nurses who only obtain an undergraduate degree. Your drive and leadership skills will be in high demand. Another option is the R.N. to B.S.N. program, where you first obtain a bachelor's degree.


Tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year (subject to change by the board of trustees without notice) is $665.00 per semester credit hour for MSN, $700.00 per semester credit hour for APRN and $399.00 per semester credit hour for BSN*.

*By enrolling in the RN to MSN program you can earn your BSN at the same time while advancing your career.

There are a number of Florida and hospital grants available for the Nursing student. Additionally, student loan interest for nursing students is lower than for students seeking other degrees. The Financial Aid Office is eager to assist you to explore all possible financial aid options.


Annual Tuition Rates (3 Semesters Fall/Winter/Summer)

Fee Type MSN Rate APRN Rate BSN Rate
Semester Credit Hour: $665 $700 $399
One Time Application Fee: $50 $50 $50
HPD General Access Fee: $145 $145 $145
NSU Student Service Fee: $1050 $1050 $1050
Extra Fees: See Below See Below See Below
  • One Time Application Fee - $50: This fee is non-refundable and is required with each application.
  • Health Professions Division General Access Fee - $145: may be required each year.
  • NSU Student Services Fee - $1050 (Effective July 1, 2012) is required annually. (Split between 3 Semesters Fall/Winter/Summer)
  • Extra Fees Students will incur additional cost such as; Books, FNSA dues, uniforms, lab coat and Graduation Costs.
  • Background Checks: The College pays for the first background check per student any additional background check will be funded by the student.
  • All tuition charges and fees are subject to change by the board of trustees without notice.

The first semester's tuition and fees are due on or before registration day. Tuition for each subsequent semester is due on or before the appropriate registration day. Students will not be admitted until their financial obligations have been met. The financial ability of applicants to complete their education at the college is important because of the limited number of positions available in each class. Applicants should have specific plans for financing 36 months of professional education. This should include tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, and miscellaneous expenses.

Each student is required to carry adequate personal medical and hospital insurance. Students may purchase Student Health Insurance for NSU Students through the University. Students who have adequate personal medical and hospital insurance may waive the Health insurance by filling out the Student Health Insurance Waiver.

This program is designed for nurses with an R.N. license who want to efficiently obtain . Students pursuing an R.N. license should apply to the Entry B.S. in Nursing program

R.N. to M.S.N. applicants must have graduated from a college or university that is regionally accredited, and a nursing program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN formerly the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission [NLNAC]) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Applicants who graduated from a diploma program will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Application Procedures Fall 2017 and Winter 2017 Entering Classes

The NSU College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS. NursingCAS is used for document verification, but does not take part in the student selection. You can obtain the NursingCAS application

  1. Online at
  2. By calling NursingCas at (617) 612-2880

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and the NSU applications for Fall admission will be August 1st and for Winter admission the deadline is December 15th. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round. 

Visit the undergraduate admissions office pages for deadlines and other requirements.

Credits granted with an R.N. License: 61

General Education

Course Credits
Written communication (college-level written composition) 6
Social behavioral sciences (one PSYC and Human Growth and Development) 6
Arts & Humanities (any HIST, ARTS, PHIL, HUMN, LITR, THEA, FILM, MUSC, DANC, WRIT or foreign language) 6
Mathematics (MATH 1040 or above and Statistics) 6
Natural/physical sciences (credit with an R.N. License*) 6

Total: 30

*An additional 6 credits of prerequisite natural/physical sciences are granted with an R.N. license, in conjunction with the general education credits listed above.

Semester I (Core required courses by semester)

Course Number Course Title Credits
NUR 3000 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Education 3
NUR 3030 Health Assessment 3
NUR 3013 Transition to Professional Nursing 3

Semester II (Core required courses by semester)

Course Number Course Title Credits
NUR 4151 Population Health: Promotion, Prevention, and Disease Management 4
NUR 3031 Pathophysiology 3
NUR 4161 Genetic Concepts 2

Semester III (Core required courses by semester)

Course Number Course Title Credits
NUR 4175 Transition to Graduate Studies 9
NUR 4171 Nursing and Health Care Trends 3

Semester IV (Core required courses by semester)

Course Number Course Title Credits
NSG 5000** Advanced Nurse Role 3
NSG 5101** Theory and Research 3

Total: 36

**Dual credits for B.S.N. and M.S.N. degree. B.S.N. degree is conferred upon completion.

Core Courses for all M.S.N. Degrees

Course Number Course Title Credits
NSG 5111 Evidence and Practice 3
NSG 5270 Informatics and Data Analysis 3
NSG 5130 Health Care Policy 3

Total: 9

M.S.N. Concentration

Title Credits
Nursing Education Track 21
Health Systems Leadership Track 21
Nursing Informatics Track 21
Gerontology-Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track 36
Family Nurse Practitioner Track 37