Course-Based RN to MSN

As a nurse, you have the potential to shape the future of patient care. Through the Nurse Executive specialization, you can take your career to a new level of responsibility. Prepare for a management role as a nurse administrator with a targeted curriculum designed to help you develop essential management and leadership skills. Gain insight into how effective, collaborative management can support the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes. The program includes the option for deepening your knowledge in risk management and health policy though our sub-specializations; two areas of high demand in the marketplace. You will gain skills in management strategy, decision-making, planning, finance, patient safety management, and human resources.

The RN Track is for registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN).

This track requires that you fulfill general education requirements. Once you meet these requirements, you can begin the foundations and core courses for the MSN.

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

Completion Requirements

  • 79 total quarter credits
    • Foundations courses (29 cr.)
    • Core courses (20 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (25 cr.) with optional sub-specializations (10 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

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 specialist at 855-646-5286.

Foundations Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 3101 Course Issues and Trends in Nursing Credits (6 cr.)
Course Code NURS 3151 Course Foundations of Nursing Research Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 4211 Course Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 4006 Course Topics in Clinical Nursing Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 4221 Course Leadership Competencies in Nursing and Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6002/6003 Course Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing Credits (3 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6050 Course Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6051 Course Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6052 Course Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6053 Course Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership Credits (5 cr.)

Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6201 Course Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6211 Course Finance and Economics in Healthcare Delivery Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6221 Course Managing Human Resources Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6231 Course Healthcare Systems and Quality Outcomes Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6241 Course Strategic Planning in Healthcare Organizations Credits (5 cr.)
OPTIONAL SUB-SPECIALIZATIONS
Course Code OPTIONAL Course SUB-Specialization–RISK MANAGEMENT Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6223 Course Healthcare Quality Assurance and Risk Management in Healthcare Organizations Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6224 Course Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code OPTIONAL Course SUB-Specialization–HEALTH POLICY Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6226 Course Introduction to Healthcare Policy Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6227 Course Current Issues in Health Policy Credits (5 cr.)

Capstone Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6600 Course Capstone Synthesis Practicum Credits (5 cr.)

*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.

Note on Field Experience and Relocating
Students who are considering relocating are advised to contact their Student Success Advisor prior to any decision to relocate in order to determine how relocation may impact progress in their program. Advisors can provide information and guidance on how relocating may result in possible changes, restrictions, and/or additional requirements affecting field experience. Each Board of Nursing and Higher Education Authority governs the field experience rules and regulations in their respective states, and students may be unable to complete field experience in the state in which they plan to relocate. While Walden is committed to working collaboratively with students to secure field sites across the United States, it is imperative that students contact their Student Success Advisor immediately when considering relocating.

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