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
Nursing 275 Transition to Professional Nursing 4
Nursing 418 Global Health Issues 3
Nursing 470 Management & Leadership Strategies for the Prof. Nurse 3
Nursing 460 Public Health Nursing 5
Graduate Nursing Courses Credits
Biology 590 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
Nursing 506 Pharmacologic Principles for Nurse Educators 3
Nursing 505 Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators 3
Nursing 512 Organizational and Systems Leadership 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 570 Research Methods and EBP for Nurse Educators 3
Nursing 680   Direct Care Practicum (70 clinical clock hours) 3

A nursing lab fee is associated with NUR 505 and NUR 653. 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.

Initial application is made through the Office of Admission. A second application process is required to enroll in graduate courses. Admission requirements include evidence of:

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

Registered nurses qualify for a reduced tuition rate while taking courses toward completion of their BSN degree.  Admission to the MSN portion of the RN to MSN program for Fall 2020 is limited to part-time plans of study.