2016-2017 Walden University Catalog (September 2016) 
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2016-2017 Walden University Catalog (September 2016) [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 181 quarter credits may potentially be transferred into the program (depending upon the qualifications the students bring as they enter).

*After completion of the BSN program, students must apply to the MSN program, and the three master’s-level courses can be transferred into an MSN degree if the students receive a grade of B or higher.

Degree Requirements

  • 181 total credits
  • General Education  (50 cr.)
  • Upper-level nursing core courses (51 cr.)
    • NURS 5050, NURS 5051, and NURS 5052 will transfer into the MSN program with a grade of B or higher.
  • Elective courses and prior nursing credit (80 cr.)


General Education Courses (50 cr.)

See the general education section of this Walden University Catalog.

Elective Courses and Prior Nursing Credit (80 cr.)

Nurses admitted to the program may be awarded up to 50 quarter credits for meeting competencies required to achieve the nursing license through either a diploma program or an associate degree program.

Students with less than 80 transfer credits can choose elective courses from any of Walden’s bachelor degree programs.