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Program Requirements

The RN to MSN Bridge Program at WKU is 100% online. 

Just like the traditional MSN degree, the bridge program offers two distinct concentrations, allowing you to specialize in the area that furthers your professional goals: Nurse Educator (39-44 credit hours required) and Nurse Administrator (33-39 credit hours required).

RN to MSN candidates must complete the following, in addition to the curriculum listed below:

  • NURS 408: Professional Issues for the RN
  • NURS 430: Public Health Nursing Theory

MSN Core Requirements

All MSN students are required to complete the 15 credit hours of Core Requirements 

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PH 520  Biostatistics 3
NURS 506 Transitions to Advanced Nursing Practice  1
NURS 501 Politics and Health Policy in Nursing 2
NURS 504 Advanced Nursing Theory 3
NURS 510 Advanced Nursing Research 3
NURS 512 Research Applications 2
NURS 508 Advanced Professional Issues 1

Nurse Educator Specialization 

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 500 Advanced Pathophysiological Concepts 4
NURS 503 Advanced Health Assessment 2
NURS 505 *Advanced Health Assessment Clinical 1
NURS 517 Advanced Applied Pharmacology 3
NURS 512 *Clinical Teaching 3
NURS 520 Teaching in Schools of Nursing 3
NURS 522 **Teaching Internship 2
NURS 605 Leadership in Clinical Practice 3
NURS 606 Advanced Clinical Practice 2
  Total Nurse Educator, including core 39
 *Clinicals may be done in home area
**Teaching Internship may be done at any accredited school with preceptor and advisor approval

Nurse Administrator Specialization

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 528 Leadership and Management in Nursing 3
NURS 530 *Nurse Administration Internship 3
**Advisor Approved Business & Management/Finance Support Course 3
**Advisor Approved Organizational Theory/Health Care Systems Support Course 3
**Advisor Approved Human Resource Management Support Course 3
**Advisor Approved Health Care Law/Ethics Support Course 3
  Total Nurse Administator, including core 33

*Nurse Administration Internship may be done at any accredited school with preceptor and advisor approval
**Courses will be selected with guidance from an advisor, support courses from other disciplines, such as, the MBA program, Health Care Administration, Communication, Leadership Studies, and other related programs.

Please Note: Each concentration also offers the opportunity for students to complete a Thesis project. This is optional, available at a distance and requires an additional 6 credit hours for completion. 

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 Last Modified 8/3/16