RN to MSN Track

The RN Track 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.

This track requires that you fulfill specific undergraduate general education requirements. Once you meet these requirements, you can begin the foundation courses for the MSN.

If you 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 (30 cr.)

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.

Foundation 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 PUBH 6127 Course Public Health Policy, Politics and Progress 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 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.

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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