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RN-MSN Transition Sequence

If you have an Associate of Science in Nursing degree, this program will prepare you for entrance into the graduate nursing program. You must be accepted into the graduate nursing program to be eligible for this transition sequence of courses. The nursing courses in this transition sequence are taught in an intensive block format. Nursing courses are offered on selected Tuesdays, at the Fort Wayne campus and the rest of your coursework is completed online.

  • You must have completed 1,000 hours of paid RN clinical practice before taking NURS 570/572 as part of the MSN program.
  • After completing the transition sequence of courses, you will not be awarded a bachelor’s degree. You will begin your MSN coursework.

RN-MSN Transition Sequence Curriculum Plan

Prerequisites

Before starting your year-long transition coursework, you must have credit for the following:

  • Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • English Composition I
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Growth and Development
  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II
  • Microbiology

Program Outline

There are two course sequences, customized based on your current level of education:

  • Students with an ASN, who do not have a bachelor’s/master’s degree in another field
  • Students with an ASN, who do have a bachelor’s/master’s degree in another field

ASN Only

  • ENGL 204 Advanced Expository Writing
    • This course helps students further hone their expository writing skills by developing a sense of their own writing. The primary focus will be on argumentation and the development of a sense of writing style and voice. Additionally, the course will foster a deeper awareness of audience and purpose.
  • MATH 302 Statistics
    • (required only if you haven’t taken a stats class in the last five years)
      Descriptive and inferential statistics. Measures of central tendency, sampling, hypothesis testing. Use of appropriate software for correlation and regression. Applications in the social and behavioral sciences.
  • NURS 502 Professional Communication
    • Employs principles of effective communication related to professional presentations in written, verbal and computer-based formats. Focuses on use of computer applications as they apply to the professional nurse role. Serves as a foundation to expand professional practice through exploration of concepts including diversity, collaboration, effective communication, technology, self-awareness, and reflective practice. (hybrid course that involves both campus- and web-based meetings)
  • NURS 500 Professional Nursing Concepts I
    • Emphasizes the transition and socialization to professional nursing practice. Examines the relationship between nursing theory, research and practice. Introduction to selected theories relevant to professional nursing practice. Examination of selected legal and ethical issues of professional nursing. Focuses on broadening the professional nurse's health promotion and health assessment skills throughout the lifespan. Assists the student to incorporate knowledge of the patient interview process, as well as knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology into the skills of health assessment. Emphasizes how to perform focused assessment skills on any system-specific problem and utilization of nursing models to address health beliefs. (hybrid course that involves both campus- and web-based meetings)
  • NURS 503 Professional Nursing Concepts II
    • Focuses on socialization into leadership and management roles, the role of the professional nurse as an individual and group member, and participation in organizational change. Explores evidence-based practice and development of strategies to use research in practice. Emphasizes integrating nursing research with nursing theory, knowledge and practice. Exploration of the professional role of the nurse in the community using a holistic approach to health promotion and disease prevention in the provision of nursing care to individuals, groups and communities through primary, secondary, and tertiary therapeutic nursing interventions. Explores future issues and trends affecting professional nursing. (hybrid course that involves both campus- and web-based meetings)

ASN+

  • NURS 500 Professional Nursing Concepts I
    • Emphasizes the transition and socialization to professional nursing practice. Examines the relationship between nursing theory, research and practice. Introduction to selected theories relevant to professional nursing practice. Examination of selected legal and ethical issues of professional nursing. Focuses on broadening the professional nurse's health promotion and health assessment skills throughout the lifespan. Assists the student to incorporate knowledge of the patient interview process, as well as knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology into the skills of health assessment. Emphasizes how to perform focused assessment skills on any system-specific problem and utilization of nursing models to address health beliefs. (hybrid course that involves both campus- and web-based meetings)
  • NURS 503 Professional Nursing Concepts II
    • Focuses on socialization into leadership and management roles, the role of the professional nurse as an individual and group member, and participation in organizational change. Explores evidence based practice and development of strategies to use research in practice. Emphasizes integrating nursing research with nursing theory, knowledge and practice. Exploration of the professional role of the nurse in the community using a holistic approach to health promotion and disease prevention in the provision of nursing care to individuals, groups and communities through primary, secondary, and tertiary therapeutic nursing interventions. Explores future issues and trends affecting professional nursing. (hybrid course that involves both campus- and web-based meetings)
  • MATH 302 Statistics
    • (required only if you haven’t taken a stats class in the last five years)
      Descriptive and inferential statistics. Measures of central tendency, sampling, hypothesis testing. Use of appropriate software for correlation and regression. Applications in the social and behavioral sciences.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted as a student into the Master of Science in Nursing program, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Hold an ASN degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States
  • Hold a current license as a registered nurse
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
    • If you have less than a 3.0, you will be required to submit GRE scores of at least 400 (old format) or 150 (new format) on the verbal and quantitative sections and 4.0 on the analytic writing section

If you do not meet all of the above criteria, you may still be admitted "provisionally." If you are admitted provisionally, you must earn a GPA of 3.20 in the first six hours of graduate nursing courses at USF before you are fully admitted to the program.  Until you are fully admitted to the program, you are not eligible to recieve a graduate assistantship or graduate scholarship.

If you are not granted admission into the program, you must wait one academic year before reapplying. You will also be required to complete the GRE, with a score of 150 on both the verbal and quantitative areas.

Steps to Apply

To complete the application process, please submit the following. Electronic files can be submitted to gradschool@sf.edu.

  • Completed application form (plus $20 fee if submitting the paper application)
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended
    • Must be sent directly from Registrar of institution(s) attended
  • DD214 form (United States veterans only)
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference, using our departmental form
  • Complete and submit the USF MSN essay, which should be typed, one to two pages in length, double-spaced, APA format and address the following question: How have you contributed to the profession of nursing?  Please include presentations, publications, mentoring, evidence-based practice, leadership roles, committee participation, and role in professional organizations. 
  • Complete the admissions interview (Nursing Interview Dates).

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Contact Us

If you have questions about getting started in our Master of Science in Nursing degree program, please let us know. You are welcome to contact the nursing program director or your personal graduate counselor.