The RN-MSN track at the University of the Incarnate Word is an accelerated program designed for the academically talented registered nurse who has an Associate’s Degree or diploma, a Bachelor’s Degree in another field, completed all prerequisites required for admission to the traditional BSN track, and have a desire to earn a graduate degree in nursing. Applicants for the RN-MSN track must first apply and be accepted to the RN-BSN track. Selected courses in the undergraduate track “bridge courses” must be completed prior to transitioning to the MSN curriculum. Applicants will have a choice between two clinical foci offered in the MSN program – the Clinical Nurse Leader or Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Students desiring the RN-MSN option must declare their interest in pursuing the MSN in the third term of the UG program. Students completing the program will receive both the BSN and MSN degrees upon graduation; however, students desiring to obtain the BSN sooner may apply upon completion of 120 credits. Students can expect to complete the RN-MSN track in approximately 3 years. Students are admitted to the MSN program twice per year (Fall and Summer).
The program of study for students in the RN-MSN track consists of a minimum of 150 hours. The plan of study can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. The undergraduate portion of the curriculum is presented online, while the graduate portion is blended format using traditional classroom presentation with online classes. Classroom courses are held in the evening to accommodate working students, with clinical experiences in daytime hours.
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