RN-MSN Program

Students at VALPO are required to complete an internship in a clinical environment

The College of Nursing and Health Professions admits registered nurses who want to pursue a Masters in Nursing degree through an accelerated option. Registered Nurses may complete the BSN and MSN degree in less than three years. Acceptable transfer credit hours from another college or university and credit by examination may be applied toward required and elective credit.

Special Requirements for Admission to RN-MSN Option:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in previous college level work
  • Transcripts from accredited ADN or Diploma Nursing Program
  • Evidence of Indiana Registered Nurse License
  • Completion of all general education courses required for BSN at Valparaiso University (with exception of Theology course and 9 elective credits)

Note: Applicants who do not have all general education courses can enroll in RN-BSN option until they meet these criteria.

Prerequisites required Credits
BIO 151 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 152 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 210 - Microbiology 4
BIO 260 - Human Nutrition 3
CHEM 111 - General Chemistry 4
CORE 110 - The Human Experience 5
CORE 115 - The Human Experience 5
Elective 6
Humanities 3
Physical Education (waived) 1
PSY 110 - General Psychology 3
PSY 201 - Statistical Methods 3
PSY 315 - Lifespan Development 3
Theology Foundational Level 3

Full Time Plan of Study

Fall Semester Credits
NUR 275 - Transition to Professional Nursing 4
NUR 418 - Global Health Issues 3
NUR 470 - Management and Leadership Strategies for the Professional Nurse 3
BIO 590 - Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology 3

Following completion of the preceding course work with a GPA of 2.5 or above, the following 50 undergraduate nursing credits will be awarded:

Awarded Nursing Courses Credits
NUR 203 - Health Assessment 3
NUR 210 - Therapeutic Interventions for the Professional Nurse 4
NUR 212 - Intro to Community-Based Nursing 3
NUR 325 - Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 5
NUR 341 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 5
NUR 351 - Gerontological Nursing 3
NUR 354 - Nursing Care of Adults I 5
NUR 356 - Nursing Care of Adults II 5
NUR 415 - Introduction to Nursing Research for Evidence-based Practice 3
NUR 425 - Nursing Care of the Childrearing Family 5
NUR 458 - Complex Health Care Needs of Adults 4
NUR 480 - Professional Role Practicum 5

Spring Semester:

Course Credits
NUR 460 - Public Health Nursing 5
NUR 670 - Research Methods for Evidence-based Practice
3
Theology (undergraduate course) 3

BSN Degree Awarded

Apply to Graduate Office and be admitted into MSN program

Tuition: Graduate Rate

Fall Semester

Course Credits
NUR 612 - Concepts for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NUR 641 - Foundations of Education in Nursing 3
NUR 662 - Theorical Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing 3

Spring Semester:

Course Credits
NUR 605 - Advanced Health Assessment 3
NUR 506 - Pharmacologic Principles for Nurse Educators
3
NUR 643 - Curriculum Development in Nursing Education 3

Fall Semester

Course Credits
NUR 642 - Clinical Instruction in Nursing 3
Graduate Elective Course 3

MSN Degree Awarded

*Note: Course work may be completed on a part-time basis.

If you are interested in having your transcript reviewed to determine how transfer credit will be applied to course requirements, contact the College of Nursing and Health Professions at (219)464-5292 or e-mail suzanne.zentz@valpo.edu .

If you're interested in applying, visit the Valparaiso University Admission Website.