Grantham University RN to MSN Degree


Grantham University RN to MSN Degree

The RN to MSN program at Grantham University is open to any licensed Registered Nurse with an associates' degree in nursing and at least two years' work experience. Students are required to complete 21 credit hours of undergraduate work: eighteen credit hours of nursing classes and a three credit course in Business Communications. The graduate portion of the program is thirty six credit hours. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA during the undergraduate studies in order to move into the graduate program. All courses are three credits, delivered in eight week segments. Grantham favors a cohort based system, keeping students in a program together as a group so that they can interact through the RN to MSN course of study.

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RN to MSN Specializations

The options open to online RN to MSN students fall within the managerial and technical areas of advanced nurse practice. The medical specialties such as clinical nurse manager and nurse practitioner require hundreds of hours of student experience within a medical facility as a supervised intern, even though students are already RNs. The MSN choices offered by Grantham can meet certification requirements without the mandatory hours on a hospital or clinic floor.

  1. MSN in Case Management: This area of concentration can take a MSN graduate into a senior administrative role in a clinical or health system setting, or within an insurance company. Case management courses include Clinical & Administrative Systems, Case Management & Evidence Based Patient Care, Modern Organizations in Healthcare, and Diverse Populations & Healthcare. All of these courses provide oversight for healthcare systems from the professional's perspective and from the patient's perspective.
  2. MSN in Nursing Education: Nurse educators work in a variety of educational situations including clinical, college, community college, and continuing education settings. The courses focused on delivering quality, high level nursing education include Organizational Dynamics of Higher Education, Legal & Ethical Issues of Advanced Practice Nursing, Assessment of Learning, and Course Design & Learning Outcomes.
  3. MSN in Nursing Management & Organizational Leadership: A credentialed nurse manager or nurse executive may find career opportunities within the healthcare systems or in related industries. Nurse executives work for insurance companies and in the public sector as well as in administrative roles in clinics and hospitals and large medical practices. Courses for this specialty include Healthcare Finance & Economics, Healthcare Strategic Management & Planning, and Research Process & Design.
  4. MSN in Nursing Informatics: Informatics in general has become an indispensable segment of the healthcare industry. Nursing informatics has to do with the day to day delivery of care to patients in both an inpatient and outpatient environment. Physician instructions, medication prescriptions, treatment plans and health records are all in databases today; a MSN in Nursing Informatics knows how to use these systems and how to plan them. Classes for this area of concentration include Health Data Mining, Information Security & Privacy in Healthcare, and a Nursing Informatics Seminar.