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RN to MSN Plan

The RN to MSN option is for registered nurses who have an associate degree or diploma in nursing and wish to obtain both the BSN and MSN degrees. Through this program, students may realize savings in both time and tuition.

To complete their BSN and MSN degrees, RNs take a combination of non-nursing, undergraduate nursing, and graduate nursing courses. Transcripts of previous course work are evaluated for non-nursing course credits, and applicants are notified regarding courses acceptable for transfer.

After successful completion of four undergraduate nursing credits at Valpo with a GPA of 2.5 or above, 50 undergraduate nursing credits will be awarded. A processing fee will be assessed upon awarding of the credit, but there is no charge for the credit.

Non-Nursing Courses Credits
Biology 151 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
Biology 152 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
Biology 210 Microbiology 4
Biology 260 Human Nutrition 3
Chemistry 111 General Chemistry 4
Core 110 The Human Experience 5
Core 115 The Human Experience 5
Psychology 110 General Psychology 3
Psychology 201 Statistical Methods 3
Psychology 215 Lifespan Development 3
Theology (Must be taken at Valpo) 3
Humanities 3
Elective Credits varies
Undergraduate Nursing Courses Credits
Interprofessional Education 318 Global Health Issues 3
Nursing 275 Transition to Professional Nursing 4
Nursing 460 Public Health Nursing 5
Nursing 470 Management & Leadership Strategies for the Professional Nurse 3
Graduate Nursing Courses Credits
Biology 590 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
Nursing 505 Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators 3
Nursing 506 Pharmacologic Principles for Nurse Educators 3
Nursing 512 Organizational and Systems Leadership for Nurse Educators 3
Nursing 570 Research Methods and EBP for Nurse Educators 3
Nursing 651 Foundations of Education in Nursing 3
Nursing 652 Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
Nursing 653 Leadership in Clinical Nursing Education (35 clinical clock hours) 3
Nursing 662 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Nursing 680   Direct Care Practicum (70 clinical clock hours) 3

A nursing lab fee is associated with NUR 505, NUR 653, and NUR 680.  Students may use of up to 9 graduate credits to fulfill undergraduate elective credit. Additionally, students may opt out of the undergraduate nursing research course.

MSN students are required to come to campus to attend new student orientation at the beginning of their program.

Prior to beginning clinical courses (NUR 505, 653, and 680), students must submit evidence of a current nursing license, medical/health insurance, CPR certification, TB skin test results, immunizations (Tdap, MMR, Hepatitis B, Varicella, and annual influenza), a statement of good health, clear criminal background check, and a negative drug screen. These items must be uploaded on a tracker purchased through the College of Nursing and Health Professions. The clinical clearance items must be updated annually and must be current through the end of the semester.

State licensure information for the pre-licensure (undergraduate) portion of the RN-MSN program can be found at the college’s BSN webpage. Additional state licensure is not associated with the MSN degree.

Completion of Valparaiso University’s CCNE-accredited MSN Program, with its Nurse Educator Focus, meets the educational requirements to apply for NLN CNE® and/or CNE®cl certification.

Initial application is made through the Office of Admission.  Initial application requirements include evidence of:

  • unencumbered Registered Nurse License in Indiana, and
  • graduation from ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing program.

A second application process is required to enroll in graduate courses.  The application for requirements for graduate courses can be found under the Admission tab on the MSN Plan webpage located here.