RN to BSN Accelerated into Master's (AIM)

The RN to BSN Accelerated into Master's (AIM) is for registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN) and an active RN license. 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.

In this track, you will complete your BSN degree first, including some master’s level core courses, general education, and elective courses. Once you meet these requirements, you can apply and be admitted into the MSN program and begin the core courses for the MSN.

If you already hold a BSN, see the BSN Track.

Completion Requirements

  • BSN Core Courses (51 credits)
  • Undergraduate general education & elective courses (varies)
  • MSN Core and Specialization Courses (35 credits)

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

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 855-646-5286.

BSN and MSN Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 3100 Course Issues and Trends in Nursing Credits (6 cr.)
Course Code NURS 3020 Course Health Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 3150 Course Foundations of Nursing Research Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 4115 Course Role of the Nurse—Public and Global Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 5052 Course Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 4005 Course Topics in Clinical Nursing Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 4210 Course Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 4220 Course Leadership Competencies in Nursing and Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 5050 Course Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 5051 Course Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology Credits (5 cr.)

MSN Core and Specialization Courses

To be taken after enrolling in MSN program.
Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6053 Course Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 6034 Course Environmental Health: Local to Global Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6700 Course Epidemiology and Population Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 6475 Course Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6710 Course Public Health Nursing Theory and Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6720 Course Population-Based Public Health Nursing Interventions Credits (5 cr., [2 cr. didactic, 3 cr. practicum])
Course Code NURS 6730 Course Public Health Nursing Leadership Credits (5 cr., [3 cr. didactic, 2 cr. practicum])

*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

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