RN to BSN Accelerate Into Master's (AIM)

The RN-BSN AIM 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 if you earned 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

  • The Technical Standards Policy & Clinical Site Acknowledgement 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 specialist for more details.

Completion Requirements

  • BSN Core Courses (51 credits)
  • Undergraduate general education & elective courses (varies)
  • MSN Core and Specialization Courses (45 credits includes the required 640 practicum hours)

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

Start dates are offered each quarter, so you can begin your program when it is convenient for you. Enrollment in this nurse practitioner specialization is currently open to new students.

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.

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
Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6002/6003 Course Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6053 Course Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6501 Course Advanced Pathophysiology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6521 Course Advanced Pharmacology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6512 Course Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NRNP 6566/PRAC 6566 Course Advanced Practice Care of Adults in Acute Care Settings I Credits 5 cr. (3 didactic, 2 practicum)
Course Code NURS 6540 Course Advanced Practice Care of Frail Elders Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6550 Course Advanced Practice Care of Adults in Acute Care Settings I Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6560 Course Advanced Practice Care of Adults in Acute Care Settings II 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.

Walden currently cannot enroll residents of the following states/districts into any Nurse Practitioner specializations: Louisiana, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah.

Note on licensure: Walden’s MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to academically prepare graduates with an active registered nurse (RN) license to practice in the U.S. as nurse practitioners. However, each state has its own academic preparation and authority to practice requirements and issues its own license for an RN to be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner in that state. Learn more about professional licensure.

No graduate program can guarantee that graduates will obtain licensure to practice as a nurse practitioner. We encourage students to consult the appropriate board of nursing or regulatory authority in the states or jurisdictions in which they reside or intend to seek licensure to determine specific requirements. Walden Enrollment Specialists can provide information relating to licensure; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to licensure for the state in which they intend to practice, as requirements vary widely.

Note on certification: Walden’s MSN program is designed to academically prepare graduates to apply for national certification. Walden makes no representations or guarantees that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to achieve national certification. We encourage students to consult an appropriate certifying body for the specific certification eligibility requirements. Students should also consult their state board of nursing or other state agency to determine what certifications are required or accepted in that state. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification, as requirements vary widely. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board at www.aanpcert.org, the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursingworld.org/ancc, or other nurse practitioner certification websites.

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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