RN to MSN Bridge Option

RN to MSN Bridge Option

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Build Upon Your Career Experience and Earn a Graduate Nursing Degree From Saint Peter’s University

Our rigorous RN to MSN Bridge program is designed for registered nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing to apply to the Master of Science in Nursing program. Rather than earning a BSN degree, you will demonstrate competence by completing required coursework with a grade of B or higher. Once you complete the series of RN to MSN Bridge courses, you can then apply for the Master of Science in Nursing program.

Degree Program at a Glance

Course Format: 100 percent online, with practicum hours at practice facilities
Program Duration: 14 credit hours; can be completed in 14–36 months
Calendar: 15-week semesters

Why Choose the RN to MSN Bridge Program From Saint Peter’s?

Earning a graduate nursing degree can greatly increase your career opportunities and let you take on more responsibilities in your hospital or clinic. What sets our RN to MSN program apart from others around the country is our dedication to the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, or “care for the whole person.” We believe that mind, body and spirit can all be enriched through education. Registered nurses who earn a Master of Science in Nursing from Saint Peter’s become better leaders and more attentive caregivers through whole-person healthcare:

  • Learn on your own terms. When you join the RN to MSN Bridge program, you can advance your career opportunities on your own time, thanks to our online curriculum and accessible practice facilities.
  • Work with experienced faculty. Thanks to the small class sizes in our RN to MSN program, you’ll have many chances for face-to-face time with faculty mentors who have decades of experience as registered nurses, educators and healthcare professionals.
  • Save money with your graduate nursing education. Saint Peter’s offers an affordable and accessible RN to MSN Bridge program to open the door to career advancement for registered nurses. You may also be eligible for endowed scholarships to help pay for your graduate nursing education.

Develop Professional Skills in the Graduate Nursing RN to MSN Bridge Program

Rather than earning a BSN degree, courses in the RN to MSN program bridge program cover a range of topics necessary to become a leader in healthcare and move into the MSN degree program. Courses and requirements for the RN to MSN Bridge program include:

  • Undergraduate statistics course—three credits
  • Undergraduate nursing research course—three credits
  • Undergraduate physical assessment course or equivalent as determined by the dean of nursing or the coordinator of the graduate master’s program for which the
  • candidate wishes to apply
  • Undergraduate community nursing course—four credits
  • Undergraduate nursing leadership course—four credits

Join a Nationally Respected Graduate Nursing Program

The undergraduate, graduate and doctoral nursing programs at Saint Peter’s University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This means that when you graduate with your Master of Science in Nursing, you’ll have a degree that shows potential employers and doctoral programs that your education meets or exceeds some of the highest standards for academic excellence and career preparation.

Why Earn a Graduate Degree in Nursing?

You may be wondering how earning a Master of Science in Nursing can improve your career. Working toward a graduate nursing degree will not only increase your expertise in the field but can also lead to higher salaries and more job opportunities.

Registered nurses with a BSN degree on average earn $77,600 a year and can expect employment opportunities to grow by 6 percent by 2031—according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Nurse practitioners, on the other hand, earn an average salary of $124,000 and can look forward to employment growth of 40 percent over the same time, according to the BLS.

Career Opportunities for RN to MSN Bridge Graduates

As people continue to live longer and stay active later in their lives, they require specialized care to help keep them independent and safe. Our Master of Science in Nursing program focuses on adult-gerontology practice, and the skills and knowledge registered nurses gain in our graduate nursing program make them even more impressive job candidates. In fact, 100 percent of our RN to MSN graduates are employed full time at area hospitals and healthcare facilities, which give increased earnings to those who have completed the Master of Science in Nursing degree.

When you complete our RN to MSN Bridge and earn your Master of Science in Nursing, you can pursue many exciting careers in healthcare, including:

  • Nurse practitioner
  • Public health nurse
  • Nurse manager
  • Clinical nurse educator
  • Director of nursing
  • Clinical research nurse
  • Administrator
  • Chief nursing officer
  • Long-term acute care nurse

Complete the RN to MSN Bridge and Earn a Graduate Nursing Degree at Saint Peter’s

Build upon your valuable career experience as a registered nurse in the RN to MSN program and work toward earning your Master of Science in Nursing to advance your career even further.

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