2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) 
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

RN-BSN-MSN Track - Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Return to: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program  

The RN-BSN-MSN program provides current registered nurses (RNs) who have a diploma and/or associate’s degree in nursing with the opportunity to earn a BSN degree as well as take three master’s-level courses that can be transferred* into a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.

The program is specifically designed to provide students with the evidence-based practices that can be applied on the job immediately. At the same time, students will develop the skills of reflection, independent learning, and enhanced critical thinking that will enable them to stay current in their field throughout their career.

The RN-BSN-MSN program will provide a student with a bachelor’s degree. All students will enter the program with previously earned education credits. These credits may include:

  • Credits awarded for meeting competencies required to achieve the nursing license through either a diploma program or an associate’s degree program.
  • Transfer credits from undergraduate courses that they have taken at other universities.
  • 135 of the 180 quarter credits may potentially be transferred into the program (depending upon the qualifications the students bring as they enter).

*The three master’s-level courses can only be transferred into an MSN degree if the students receive a grade of B or higher.

Degree Requirements

  • 180 total credits
  • Foundation Course (6 cr.)
  • General Education  (50 cr., at least 10 of which must be completed at Walden and all of which are to be completed prior to BSN core and concentration courses)
  • Nursing license transfer of credit (up to 50 cr.)
  • Upper-level nursing core courses (54 cr.)
    • NURS 5050, NURS 5051, and NURS 5052 will transfer into the MSN program with a grade of B or higher.
  • Elective courses (25 cr.)


General Education Courses (50 cr.)

RN-BSN-MSN students are required to complete all general education requirements prior to enrolling in any major courses. The general education course curriculum builds upon a foundation of the arts, sciences, and humanities; thus, the BSN core courses are designed presuming that students have had this foundation.

See the general education section of this Walden University Catalog.

Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000- or 4000-level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

Nursing License Transfer of Credit (50 cr.)

Up to 50 credits will be awarded based on transcripts from an accredited associate degree in nursing or a nursing diploma. Students who are not awarded the maximum of 50 credits will take general education or elective courses to complete this requirement.

Elective Courses (25 cr.)

Choose four courses from the general education program, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least two courses must be at the 3000–4000 level. Elective credits should total 25 to meet the program requirements. Students may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet their elective requirements.

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor. Although this program requires fewer than six elective courses, students have the option to complete a minor and graduate with more than the required number of credits for this program.