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RN-to-MSN Track Nurse-Midwifery

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
Introductory Psychology 3
General Education Elective 2
College Chemistry 4
Statistics 3
Introductory Sociology 3
Religion/Philosophy 3
Public Speaking 3
Humanities 3
Total General Education Prerequisite Credits 24

Bridge Courses

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), Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (PMHCNS), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

N 506 Applied Data Analysis 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
N 512 Theory Research & Reasoning I 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
N 521 Theory Research & Reasoning II 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
N 532 Roles and Issues in Advanced Practice 3 3 3 3 1 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
N 590 Nursing Research Project 1 1 1 1 1 1
  Total Core and Pre/Co credits 23 13 23 23 11 21 22

* Not required for this specialty track.

For those students interested in the Nurse-Midwifery Specialty, your specialty credits will be in these courses and will be in addition to the bridge and core credits listed above:

Course Course Title Credits Explanation
NM 610 Primary Care of Women 2(1)* 60 clinical hours
NM 620 Comprehensive Antepartal Care 2(1) 60 clinical hours
NM 630 Midwifery Practicum (3) 180 clinical hours
NM 640 Comprehensive Perinatal Care 2(1) Clinical becomes competency based due to intrapartum
NMLB 651 Integrated Midwifery Internship (5) Clinical becomes competency based due to Intrapartum
NM652 Evidence-Based Practice Project 1 Optimality Index Analysis of Evidence Based Care
 NM 660 Advanced Nurse-Midwifery Role Development 1  No clinical hours


Total 19  
     Graduate Elective 3  

* Credits in parentheses are clinical credits

** Because of the nature of midwifery clinicals (delivery of babies), the clinical-clock hours are secondary to “numbers of experiences.”  The students must have an adequate number of experiences to substantiate basic competency in the midwifery skills.  This competency is determined by the clinical and didactic faculty using a clinical evaluation tool based on ACNM Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice. (Credit hours in parenthesis are clinical credit hours).