Fast-Tracked Pathway to MSN

The Master of Science in Nursing program has a fast-tracked option for registered nurses who hold either an associate nursing degree or a diploma in nursing, have considerable nursing experience, outstanding academic histories, and have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing from an accredited College or University. 


The fast-tracked option requires the individual to have 59 credit hours of pre-nursing courses. The individual receives 33 credits for nursing.

The student needs a course in health assessment, nursing research, and a transitions course.

The four hour transition course (450) covers the concepts and theories of baccalaureate nursing as well as essential course content in the area of ethics, practice issues, nursing management concepts, theories, and issues of decision making.

In addition, the individual completes a community health nursing course with 48 hours of clinical practice experience.

The student has the option to present a portfolio of experiences and education for validation of 433 Experience in Clinical Nursing.


Students applying under this option must satisfactorily show evidence of completion of the following prerequisite Liberal Arts and Science course work:

Core Courses

Subject Semester Hours
Suggested: philosophy, religion, music, art, theatre, history, literature
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Suggested: anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, economics
Intro to Statistics is required
Physical and Life Sciences
A laboratory component is required. Suggested: anatomy and physiology, chemistry, microbiology
Suggested: English composition, speech
General Education (including electives) 26
Total Prerequisite Credits in Liberal Arts & Science Coursework 59
Nursing: Professional Credits 33

Required Courses for RN's

RN's in this fast-tracked pathway must meet the following requirements prior to transitioning into the master's program:

Course Semester Hours
310 - Health Assessment 3
318 - Research for Nursing Practice 3
425 - Promoting Healthy Communities 5
433 - Experience in Clinical Nursing* 8
450 - Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice 4
Total Semester Hours 23

*This course is available for credit through portfolio review. Contact us for more information.