The RN-to-MSN Track of the graduate program in the School of Nursing enables students who are registered nurses without a BSN to obtain a MSN degree within one of four specialty areas: nurse-midwifery, family nurse practitioner, health systems management, and psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. The graduate will have the competencies taught in their chosen specialty and, upon completion, will be eligible to take the appropriate national certification exams, if applicable. Students in the RN-to-MSN program take 13 credits of undergraduate nursing bridge courses and between 37-48 credits of graduate courses.
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RN (up to 69 credits from previous nursing program)
Prerequisite Courses (May be those included within the RN degree)
|General Education Courses||Credits|
|General Education Elective||2|
|Total General Education Prerequisite Credits||24|
|Course||Name of Course||Credits|
|N 414||Nursing Leadership||3|
|N 306||Theory, Reasoning and Research in Nursing||3|
|N 401||Human Health Across the Lifespan: Communities||5|
|N 404||Reflections on the Art of Nursing II||2|
|Total Bridge Course Credits||13|
Upon completion of the prerequisites and bridge courses, students will take the following MSN Core Course Credits. The number of these credits are dependent on the following specialties: Nurse-Midwifery (NM), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Health Systems Management (HSM), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
|Crs||Title||Cr.||HSM||NM||FNP||PMH NP||BSN DNP|
|N 506||Applied Data Analysis||3||3||3||3||3||3|
|N 512||Theory Research & Reasoning I||3||3||3||3||3||3|
|N 521||Theory Research & Reasoning II||3||3||3||3||3||3|
|N 532||Roles and Issues in Advanced Practice||3||3||3||3||1||3|
|N 550||Advanced Pharmacology & Therapeutics||3||–*||3||3||3||3|
|N 560||Advanced Concepts in Physiology and Pathophysiology||3||–||3||3||3||3|
|N 580||Advanced Health Promotion and Assessment Across the Life Span||4||–||4||4||4||4|
|Total Core and Pre/Co credits||22||12||22||22||20||22|
* Not required for this specialty track.
Nursing N 201 Health Assessment Challenge RN-MSN
Shenandoah University’s School of Nursing offers to students admitted to the RN-MSN program the option to challenge the N 201 Health Assessment course for credit. Students may take and pass the Health Assessment NLN Standardized exam for advanced placement. Students will pay the examination fee of $75 to the Shenandoah University Business Office and must also meet the 30 credit residency required to graduate from Shenandoah University.
Purpose: Evaluates understanding of the general health assessment and physical examination techniques used to evaluate the health status of adults and children. Reflects nurse-client encounters in a variety of healthcare setting, using a body systems approach for evaluation physical data-gathering techniques. Includes items on interviewing , obtaining health history, general screening, and documentation. Health status and developmental stages of clients are also considered.
Format: 102-item, four-option multiple choices.
Administration: Can be administered in two hours.
Scoring: A total score (decision score) is provided to be used when awarding credit for advanced placement in an RN nursing program. A decision score of 78 or 50th percentile is a passing score. To register, please print this form and follow instructions.