RN to MSN

The Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing is proud to be the only school in Alabama offering a true on-line RN to MSN program in which a BSN is not awarded. Through the RN to MSN option, the School of Nursing provides experienced registered nurses, who currently hold an associate of science in nursing or a hospital diploma, the opportunity to earn an MSN through a nontraditional path. As in the main MSN program, the same tracks are available, with the exception of nurse anesthesia. The RN to MSN program begins once each year in January.

The RN to MSN option consists of five bridge courses, which can be completed in two semesters. Successful completion of all five bridge courses must be accomplished in order to progress to the MSN core courses. When taken full time and in sequence, the length of the RN to MSN option is seven semesters. General education courses may be completed at another university and then transferred to Samford University prior to enrolling in the RN to MSN program. 

RN to MSN General Education Requirements

 Credits

English Composition I and II

6

College Algebra or higher level math

3

Anatomy

4

Physiology

4

Microbiology

4

Intro to Chemistry or higher level chemistry

4

Intro to Psychology

3

Developmental Psychology

3

Speech

3

Other Liberal Arts Courses *

6

Introductory Computer Course**

3

Total Credits Required

43

*Liberal Arts credit may be chosen from political science, history, English literature, foreign languages, philosophy, biology, chemistry, psychology, sociology, geography, economics, religion, and either art, music or drama appreciation. (No more than three credits may be in appreciation courses.)

**The course selected should include the use of word processing, spreadsheets and multimedia presentation software.

 RN-MSN Students:

  • Earn a MSN degree on-line in 7 semesters
  • Participate in cutting-edge, web-based learning with clinical and practicum experiences close to home
  • Access all coursework and resources anywhere, anytime from any internet connected electronic device
  • Receive close, personal attention from caring and supportive Samford faculty and advisors
  • Experience a rich tradition of high academic standards and quality education practice
  • Visit Samford’s beautiful campus in Birmingham, Alabama for 4 required sessions during the program
  • The Nurse Educator Track has the opportunity to participate in the Nurse Faculty Loan Program.
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track learns from certified nurse practitioner faculty who are experienced in clinical practice and teaching.  The FNP students also precept with seasoned NP’s and physicians who are dedicated to excellent patient care and student education.


 

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