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RN to MSN Degree

The RN to MSN program at Walden University is open to any licensed RN who holds an associate's degree, a bachelor's degree or a diploma in nursing provided the applicant meets certain academic prerequisites. Those are general education courses that are generally included in an undergraduate program and in some two year associate's degree programs but some nurses may be a course or two short. The general education prerequisites:

  • Communication: two courses, one of which must be college level English.
  • Humanities: two courses.
  • Social Science: two courses.
  • Mathematics and Science: four courses, which must include anatomy, physiology, and microbiology.
  • Introductory Statistics
Students can complete these introductory courses at Walden and then enroll in the RN to MSN program. For most applicants the requirements will be met by transcripts from an accredited college or community college. Once a non-BSN student is enrolled in one of the RN to MSN programs there are foundational courses that are required of each student regardless of the academic area of focus. There is a different track for the BSN to MSN students that does not require these classes. The foundation courses for the Walden University RN to MSN:

  • Success Strategies in the Master of Science Program in Nursing Online Environment
  • Issues and Trends in Nursing
  • Advancing Nursing Through Inquiry and Research
  • Information and Healthcare Technologies Applied to Nursing Practice
  • Topics in Clinical Nursing
  • Managing a Continuum of Care for Positive Patient Outcomes
  • The Practice of Population-Based Care
RN to MSN Specializations

Walden University offers three academic areas of concentration for the RN to MSN student. Those options are Nurse Educator, Nursing Informatics, and Leadership & Management. This last option has traditionally been called Nurse Administrator but many schools are expanding the title and the scope of this particular degree as advanced practice nurses have begun to assume executive roles in healthcare systems, insurance companies and large medical practices.

Nurse educators teach in nursing schools at community colleges and in some cases at the university level. In most cases a college school of nursing is affiliated with a medical center or medical school, or both and in those environments, nurse educators may find a teaching role. The other option that is readily open to a MSN in Nurse Educator graduate is working in a continuing education program, an annual obligation for every licensed RN. One of the more interesting courses for this specialization is Curriculum Development, Assessment & Evaluation, an area of expertise that is more often associated with a teaching degree.

Nursing informatics is a specialization that requires working with computer engineering, software and database systems. It is also the heart of day-to-day activity on hospital wards and in many medical practices. Patient records, lab results, and the daily chart notes are all recorded through a computer today. A nurse that specializes in the field becomes a communications expert for all of the medical professionals involved in any single patient's case.

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