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RN to BSN to MSN

The RN-BSN-MSN track is for registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma or associate degree in nursing and would like to obtain their bachelor’s degree while working toward their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). With this accelerated program of study, you can earn both your bachelor’s and your master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than earning each degree separately. You will enroll at the bachelor’s level and will take both bachelor’s- and master’s-level courses and then apply for admission to Walden’s MSN program following completion of undergraduate requirements.

If you already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), see the BSN Track.

Admission Requirements

  • work experience form demonstrating two years of full-time or part-time nursing work experience employed as an RN.
  • The clinical site identification form with:
    • A statement of understanding of the MSN NP practicum requirements.
    • Identification of potential clinical sites in your local area for each of the four practicum requirements.
  • Additional Walden admission criteria required. Contact an enrollment advisor for more details.

Completion Requirements

  • BSN Core Courses (47 credits)
  • Undergraduate general & elective courses (varies)
  • MSN Core and Specialization Courses (45 credits)

Students may be able to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

BSN & MSN Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 3100 Course Issues and Trends in Nursing Credits 6
Course Code NURS 3020 Course Health Assessment Credits 5
Course Code NURS 5051 Course Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology Credits 5
Course Code NURS 3150 Course Foundations of Nursing Research Credits 5
Course Code NURS 5050 Course Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health Credits 5
Course Code NURS 5052 Course Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice Credits 5
Course Code NURS 4115 Course Role of the Nurse in Public and Global health Credits 5
Course Code NURS 4210 Course Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health Credits 5
Course Code NURS 4220 Course Leadership Competencies in Nursing and Healthcare Credits 5

MSN Core & Specialization Courses

To be taken after enrolling in MSN
Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6053 Course Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership Credits 5
Course Code NURS 6501 Course Advanced Pathophysiology Credits 5
Course Code NURS 6521 Course Advanced Pharmacology Credits 5
Course Code NURS 6512 Course Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Credits 5
Course Code NURS 6531 Course Advanced Practice Care of Adults Across the Lifespan Credits 5
Course Code NURS 6540 Course Advanced Practice Care of Frail Elders Credits 5
Course Code NURS 6551 Course Primary Care of Women Credits 5
Course Code NURS 6565 Course Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice Care of Patients in Primary Care Settings Credits 5

Walden currently allows students to enroll in the AGNP specialization in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Note on Certification

The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for national nurse practitioner certification exams, which are required for practice as a nurse practitioner in most states. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency to determine specific certification exam requirements. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at www.aanpcertification.org, the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursecredentialing.org, or other nurse practitioner certification exam websites.

Note on Licensure, Authorization, Endorsement, or Other State Credential Necessary to Practice as a Nurse Practitioner

The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates with an active registered nurse (RN) license to practice as nurse practitioners. However, each state Board of Nursing has its own academic and certification requirements and issues its own credential for an RN to be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner in that state. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency in the state in which he or she wishes to practice to determine specific requirements. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance relating to the state-by-state requirements for practice as a nurse practitioner; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to the practice as a nurse practitioner in the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. For more information about the requirements to practice as a nurse practitioner, students should contact the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency.