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RN to MS Professional Pathway

Students must meet additional admission requirements and should also consult the WSU Graduate Catalog. Separate formal application to the Master’s Nursing Program is required.  The application deadline for this program is typically October 15 of each academic year.  Acceptance in a program area is not guaranteed.  Further information can be obtained from the Department of Nursing at WSU-Rochester.

ADMISSION GUIDELINES:

Acquire an Information Packet 507.285.7349 or 800.366.5418

Submit three (3) copies of all transcripts:

-- WSU Admissions Office
-- Master’s Program in Nursing – Rochester

Complete WSU RN – BS Application for Evaluation of Credits

Meet with an RN to BS Completion coordinator

-- Full-time students must have all credits completed prior to beginning the RN to BS Completion core nursing courses*

-- Part-time students must have all credits completed prior to beginning the second or last year of the RN to BS Completion core nursing courses* (See full and part-time study plans below.)

Complete the RN to BS Completion Application

Meet with a MS Advisor to discuss RN – MS Professional Pathway
application process

Complete RN – BS – MS Application for Master’s Program when the above course requirements * are complete. (See full and part-time study plans below.)

 

SELECTION CRITERIA FOR RN – BS – MS PATHWAY:

 

  • Currently enrolled in the RN to BS Completion Baccalaureate Degree Program (full-time first semester, part-time third semester)
  • Attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Accomplished a minimum of one year clinical nursing experience
  • Possess a current and valid RN license
  • Provide three professional and/or academic references; one reference from a person practicing in the role for which the student is applying
  • Provide a written description of personal and professional goals
  • Attain satisfactory scores on the TOEFL-test for international, or non-English speaking students
  • Computer literacy with knowledge of word processing, spread sheet, and data based programs
  • Students who are competitive in the pool of applicants must meet additional criteria that include

 

- Two years clinical practice experience

- Personal interview with graduate nursing faculty

 

Nursing Electives:

Other 400/500 level, doubled number courses may be taken as electives and count toward the baccalaureate degree and will reduce the number of 500 and 600 level credits needed for the master’s degree.  These courses are registered at the 400 level.

** NURS 402/617  Advanced Clinical Pharmacology

** NURS 404/616  Molecular/Genetic and Immune Mechanisms   3 SH

3 SH

**Master’s level courses taken as 400 level course credits count toward the BS degree and reduce the number of 600 level course credits needed for a master’s degree to 33 – 46 credits.

  • Master’s Degree Program must be completed within seven (7) years of the first 400/600 level doubled number course taken
  • Baccalaureate Degree requirements (128 credits)
  • Master’s Degree requirements (43 – 56) credits

 

     

     

    Sample full-time plan of study

    This sample demonstrates a full-time plan of study required to complete the baccalaureate portion of the RN – MS pathway. (All other course requirements for the BS Degree are completed before beginning this sequence)

    Semester I
    NURS 415 Concepts in Professional Nursing 4 SH
    NURS 435 Holistic Assessment 3 SH
    NURS 375 Evidence Based Research 3 SH
    NURS 475 Population Based Health Care I 4 SH

    Semester II
    NURS 455 Continuity of Care 4 SH
    NURS 445 Evidenced Based Leadership 3 SH
    *NURS 409/608 Organizational and Systems Leadership 3 SH
    *NURS 419/612 Advanced Health Promotion for Families 3 SH
    *NURS 499/613 Advanced Health Promotion for Families Clinical 1 SH
    *NURS 414/604 Health Care Policy/Quality Health Care Delivery 3 SH

    * (substitute credits for NURS 465 Population-Based Health Care II and NURS 491 Professional Development) 

    Sample part-time plan of study

    This sample demonstrates a part-time plan of study required to complete the baccalaureate portion of the RN – MS pathway.  (All other course requirements for the BS Degree are completed before beginning the second or last year of the program)

    Semester I

    NURS 415 Concepts in Professional Nursing 4 SH
    NURS 435 Holistic Assessment 3 SH

    Semester II

    NURS 455 Continuity of Care 4 SH
    NURS 445 Evidenced Based Leadership 3 SH

    Semester III

    NURS 375 Evidenced Based Research 3 SH
    NURS 475 Population Based Health Care I 4 SH

    Semester IV

    *NURS 409/608 Organizational and Systems Leadership 3 SH
    *NURS 419/612 Advanced Health Promotion for Families 3 SH
    *NURS 499/613 Advanced Health Promotion for Families Clinical 1 SH
    *NURS 414/604 Health Care Policy/Quality Health Care Delivery 3 SH

    * (substitute credits for NURS 465 Population Based Nursing and NURS 491 Professional Development)

     

    Contact Us
    Graduate Programs in Nursing
    WSU-Rochester
    859 30th Avenue, SE
    Rochester, MN 55904
    nursing@winona.edu
    507.285.7473
    800.366.5418