Earn your master’s degree in nursing
Utilize our nurse bridge program to move forward with your education
Are you looking to take the next step in preparing for a career in healthcare? With our nurse bridge program, you can boost your knowledge base and earn your master’s degree in nursing by taking one course at a time.
Designed for RNs that have a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field, this program helps working nurses more quickly earn their MSN – in turn, saving time and money – and preparing you for new opportunities in your future.
How it works:
Take three upper-level courses and then choose the master’s path that best suits your needs. Once you completed your required nursing bridge courses and your introductory MSN course, you can move into one of the following programs:
- Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Administration
- Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Education
- Master of Science in Nursing/Informatics
- Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs at the University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and are aligned with leading industry organizations, such as: – American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN®) – American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) – Quality & Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN).
The introductory courses in the nursing bridge to your master’s degree include: Theoretical Development and Conceptual Frameworks, Research Outcome Management for the Practicing Nurse and Professional Nursing Leadership Perspectives. These courses will teach you how theoretical and conceptual frameworks can guide professional decision making; how to analyze research and apply research based evidence to guide nursing practice; and how to manage resources while evaluating the impact to quality care and risk.
Your smooth transition back into an education setting is vital, which is why we offer flexible learning formats. Eligible students in the nursing bridge program can earn up to $5,000 in tuition reductions as you progress toward you MSN with the Master Nurse Leadership Scholarship. Learn more.
After taking the introductory nursing bridge courses, choose one of the following programs:
You’ll study nursing theory, coaching and learn best practices for performance and change management. Students will have the benefit of an assigned faculty member to guide them through portions of their required practicum project which involves 60 hours of work across two courses. You’ll have two elective options to choose areas of business that you’re most interested in, such as education finance, human resources and more. If you have the required practice experience, you’ll be prepared to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Nurse Executive – Board Certification (NE-BC) exam upon graduation. Many graduates become hospital and healthcare system leaders. In this nursing bridge program you’ll develop concrete business skills in the areas of:
- financial management
- human resources
- information systems
- quality management
You’ll study anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology and how they relate to nursing in this patient-centric nurse bridge program. Your courses will incorporate interactive software that engage you in patient care scenarios. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (FNP-BC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified (FNP-C) exam and become a certified nurse practitioner. This program prepares nurses for advanced practice to function in leadership roles in practice and educational settings and emphasize comprehensive, preventative care in addition to treatment. You’ll learn:
- Family theory and intervention
- Nursing practice and health care policy
- Health assessment
- Clinical pharmacotherapeutics
- Clinical techniques
You’ll learn how to facilitate and engage students as well as curriculum design in this on campus and online program. You’ll have an assigned faculty member to guide you through portions of your required practicum project which involves 60 hours of work across two courses. The administration-centric curriculum aligns the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN®), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN). After completing the program, you’ll be prepared for The National League of Nursing's Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam and be able to teach in the classroom. You’ll explore:
- learning theory and pedagogy
- curriculum development
- instructional design
- assessment, measurement and evaluation
You’ll learn the ins and outs of data management and how to use it to make informed decisions regarding patient outcomes in this nursing bridge master’s program. The curriculum aligns with organizations such as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN®), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN). After completing this program and gaining the required practice experience, you’ll be prepared to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Informatics Nursing Certification (RN-BC). You’ll learn:
- regulations governing data security
- how to best keep healthcare information private
- the ethics involved health information technology
- how to effectively manage informatics databases
With classes designed by nursing professionals and taught by faculty who average more than 20 years of experience, The School of Nursing is an excellent resource for you to enhance your practice in our nurse bridge program. You’ll receive guidance from mentors and alumni who will cheer you on through graduation and as you enhance your career in nursing.
If you have questions about enrollment, fill out the request for information form and we’ll put you in contact with an enrollment representative.
Make the jump with one of our nursing bridge programs and continue your path to a fulfilling career.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing programs at University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).