Online RN to MSN Bridge Option

Online RN to MSN Bridge Option

To help you take your nursing career to the next level, we offer an online RN to MSN Bridge Option. This option includes 21 credits of undergraduate BSN coursework, which allows RNs with an associate degree to go into the MSN program upon successfully completing 21 credits.

NOTE: A BSN is not awarded after completing 21 credits of undergraduate BSN courses.

  • This program is only available to RNs with an associate degree in Nursing (ADN/ASN). AAS degrees do not qualify for admission into the RN to MSN Bridge Option.
  • You must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the 18 required BSN credit hours and the three credit hours in Business Communications, equaling 21 credit hours in undergraduate coursework.
  • The MSN degree is awarded once you successfully complete 36 MSN credit hours.

A student who doesn’t achieve the mandatory GPA of 3.0 or higher in each of the required BSN courses (but has a minimum GPA of 2.5 or better) will be allowed to complete the remaining BSN courses and then apply to the MSN program.

Learn how an online degree from Grantham could change your life and ignite your career success. Our online classes are a great fit for active duty military, veterans, military spouses, high school graduates, government employees, nurses, healthcare professionals, etc. Contact us at (888) 947-2684 to find out more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities and enrollment process.

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Course Highlights & Curriculum

Credit Hour Breakdown

RN-MSN Bridge Credit Hours 21
Total Credit Hours 21

Curriculum Highlights

Course Number Course Title
NUR406 Leadership and Management
NUR436 Health Assessment for RNs

Full curriculum

CO210Business Communication3
GU100Student Success1
NUR401Theories and Resrch in Nrs4
NUR416Leadership and Management5
NUR426Comm and Public Hlth Nur5
NUR436Health Assessment for RNs3
Program and core:21
Electives (0):0

Additional online degree details

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Delivery method:Online
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Career Information

The healthcare industry, like any business, needs good management to keep everything running smoothly. Healthcare Administrators plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of healthcare. Administrators must be prepared to deal with a variety of responsibility, including the integration of healthcare delivery systems, technological innovations, an increasingly complex regulatory environment, restructuring of work, and an increased focus on preventive care. They are often called upon to improve efficiency in healthcare facilities and the quality of the care provided.

10-year Job Growth

In the next 10 years, the medical and health services management field is projected to grow by more than 68,000 positions, which is a 16% increase.

  • 371,000
  • 303,000
  • 2010
  • 2020
Total number of new jobs and replacement jobs
Year total jobs is an estimate

Average Salaries

If you choose to work as a medical or health service manager, you can expect to earn:

  • The top 10% earn$144,880
  • The median earn$84,270
  • The lower 10% earn$51,280
* Total compensation includes bonus. Salaries listed are dependent on prior experiences as well as the number of years of seniority.
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Nursing Education

Nursing education consists of a vast spectrum of theoretical and practical training that prepares nurses for the various duties of professional medical positions. Experienced nurses and medical educators, who are either qualified by a system of technical merits or through professional medical experience, offer nursing education courses in both general nursing and in specialized areas of nursing education, such as pediatrics nursing education, post-operative nursing education, and even mental health nursing education. A typical course is exigent of four years of accredited nursing education and training, while post-qualification courses generally concentrate on specialized areas of nursing education.

Over recent decades, nursing education has shifted from a focus on practical experience, which is related to a coarse trial-and-error system of learning, to a more practically focused, structured program of conventional medical training and preparation. A supportive argument exists for the more practical skill base learned in the intense medical environment training of the past; however, the older nursing education system emphasized a “handmaiden” relationship between doctors and nurses, while the modern nursing education system tends to develop more competent and confident graduates whom are capable of delivering higher quality care from the very beginning of their tenure as nurses. Modern nurses are considered to be equals among their medical care teams, rather than apprentices or subservience to other medical professionals.

Not all nursing education courses terminate in a graduate-level status. In certain countries, nursing has been seen, traditionally, as an apprenticeship trade and was a common undertaking for religious orders, such as convents. Women dominated the field of nursing through most of its history; however, there have always been professional nursing roles for men as well, especially in mental health services. Modern nursing education serves a greater number of males than at any time in the past.

Historically, the earliest structured nursing education curriculum was developed by Florence Nightingale, who set up the first nursing educational institution in the year 1860. Nightingale also authored a book on nursing education entitled, “Notes on Nursing” in 1898. Florence Nightingale, Ethel Bedford-Fenwick, and other early nurse educators advocated a system of nursing education that should take place in institutions of higher learning rather than in hospitals, a forward-thinking idea which has become the standard in nursing education in the United States today.

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