Earn your master’s degree in nursing
Our nursing bridge program helps working nurses boost their knowledge and pursue their goals.
Nursing Bridge program
Our Nursing Bridge Program is for RNs that have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university in an unrelated field but want to earn their master’s degree in nursing. This program helps nurses in this category more quickly earn their MSN, saving them time and money. You will apply the knowledge you gained as an undergraduate along with your hard-earned nursing knowledge towards our Master of Science in Nursing program.
In our Nursing Bridge program you’ll take the same introductory course all MSN students take, however you’ll be required to take three nursing upper division level bridge courses. These courses provide you the additional skills and knowledge you need, including a mastery of foundational, undergraduate content in the areas of nursing theory, evidence-based practice and research and standards of professional practice.
Required Bridge Courses
- Theories and Models of Nursing Practice
In NUR403 you’ll study the behaviors, attitudes and values necessary for theory-based professional nursing practice. Concepts of professional nursing are presented within the unifying framework of Dr. Jean Watson’s “Theory of Human Caring.”
- Evidence-Based Nursing Research and Practice
In NUR443 you’ll learn how to interpret, evaluate and use research in your nursing practice, as well as how to conduct your own research.
- Health Assessment and Promotion of Vulnerable Populations
In NUR440 you’ll learn how to develop interviewing skills, refine the process of giving a health assessment and use preventative health interventions when working with diverse and vulnerable populations.
Current RN license required.
These degree programs include clinical courses or a practicum, which may not be completed in certain states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.
Degree options for the Master of Science in Nursing Program
When you successfully complete both your introductory MSN introductory course and your required bridge courses, you can move into one of the following programs:
As an MSN student you will also have the option to complete a second master’s degree in health administration, from one of the following areas:
An Enrollment Representative can help you determine if your desired MSN program is available in your state.