University of South Alabama College of Nursing
RN - MSN Track for RN’s with a Non-Nursing Baccalaureate Degree
Nurse and patient
Available Tracks within the MSN program:
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program Options:
Adult-Gerontological Acute NP
Adult-Gerontological NP (Primary Care)
Advanced Emergency Nursing (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Dual Role)
Family Psychiatric NP
Pediatric Primary Care NP
Women’s Health NP
Non-Nurse Practitioner Program Options:
Clinical Nurse Leader
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Executive Nursing Administration
Nurse Educator Option
USA offers nurse educator classes to those students wishing to pursue a career in academia. These courses are a subspecialization that can be added onto your current degree plan. Please click this link to learn more:
This track is available to persons who are registered nurses and have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in a discipline other than nursing.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE RN – MSN TRACK FOR RN’S WITH A NON-NURSING BACCALAUREATE DEGREE
Students are admitted to this track as Provisional Admission; the admissions criteria are the same as for Provisional Admission to the MSN track for BSN prepared RN’s listed above except for #1 (bachelor’s degree in nursing)
1. Graduate of an approved bachelor’s program with major in nursing
(All transcripts must be sent directly from the institution attended
directly to Nursing CAS for degree verification).
2. Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions.
3. Submission of Nursing CAS application and typed, printed, and signed MSN supplemental application.
4. A grade-point average of 2.75 on all undergraduate work (A = 4.00).
5. Submission of a resume which documents clinical experience. (Note:
Prior to enrolling in nurse practitioner clinical courses, students are
required to have at least 2 years experience in an area appropriate to
the Specialty track.)
6. After an offer of acceptance is extended - Admission is contingent
upon a completed acceptance packet, negative drug screen, and acceptable results of a background check.
PROGRESSION FOR RN – MSN TRACK FOR NURSES WITH NON-NURSING BACCALAUREATE DEGREES
The following nursing courses must be completed with a GPA of at least
2.5 prior to enrolling in graduate nursing specialty courses NU 404, NU
410, CMN 411, and NU 325 or NU 530. Students who have earned a GPA of less than 2.5 will be academically dismissed from the Graduate School. Students in the RN to MSN track follow the same progression as students in the regular MSN program.
For Additional Information
For additional information and transcript evaluation write to:
Office of Student Services
USA College of Nursing - HAHN 3082
5721 USA Drive N.
Mobile AL 36688-0002
FAX: (251) 445-9416
The entry level baccalaureate program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing
and the BSN and MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, D.C. 20036-1120
University of South Alabama
- Mobile Alabama 36688-0002 (251) 445-9400
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