The RN to MSN Direct program is designed to allow nurses to more quickly attain a Master of Science in Nursing degree. Registered nurses who presently hold an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing will be able to earn an MSN degree without first earning a baccalaureate degree on completion of a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses totaling 150 credits. Monmouth stands out among the nursing schools in New Jersey in offering flexible course schedules, doctorally prepared faculty, and a personalized learning environment.
The RN to MSN Direct Program has been in place since 2008 and was designed to allow nurses to more quickly attain the MSN degree. Registered nurses who presently hold an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing are able to earn an MSN degree without earning a formal baccalaureate degree upon successful completion of undergraduate and graduate courses totaling 150 credits.
Students are required to complete the 30-credit Undergraduate Nursing Certificate (UNC) before applying for the RN to MSN Direct program. The UNC contains 10 undergraduate nursing courses.
They are as follows:
NU 311 Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing
NU 312 Individual Health Assessment
NU 360 Transcultural Health
NU 365 Wisdom, Wellness, and Aging
NU 413 Nursing of the Young Family
NU 414 Nursing of the Community
NU 415 Community Nursing Practicum
NU 440 Health Policy
NU 450 Nursing of the Future
NU 476 Interpersonal Violence
Prior to acceptance into the MSN Program, registered nurse applicants must successfully complete the following:
Complete 102-114 undergraduate credits, depending on the selected MSN track which must include:
An associate's degree or diploma in nursing*
Minimum GPA of 2.75
Completion of undergraduate course work including: English Composition I and II, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Chemistry, Introduction to Psychology, and an additional 3 credits of an introductory social science course with a grade of C or better*
Thirty-credit Undergraduate Nursing Certificate
17-32 credits of free electives*
Depending on the selected MSN track, students are required to complete 36 to 48 graduate credits. In order to earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree, as stipulated by the State of New Jersey, students must document the completion of at least 150 credits
*Students can transfer in 30 undergraduate lower-division nursing courses, in addition to transferring in 28 credits for the required undergraduate courses.
There are many options for specialization in the coursework chosen.