RN to MSN Bridge Program Option (Bridge Program)

Take your career to the next level with the 100% online RN to MSN Bridge Program Option. This program option gives you the opportunity to earn 25 credits in undergraduate coursework in preparation for Grantham’s Master of Science in Nursing specialization tracks. The Bridge option is only available to RNs with an associate degree in Nursing (ADN/ASN/AAS).

After completing the online BSN coursework (25 credits) and successfully passing a competency exam, you’ll be eligible to continue advancing your career with an education in one of Grantham’s four MSN Specializations. Check out the exam guide for more information.

RN to MSN Competency Exam guide

NOTE: A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is not awarded after the completion of the 25 credits of undergraduate BSN courses.

What will this program do for me?

The RN to MSN Bridge Program essentially helps “bridge” the gap between an associate degree and the Master of Science in Nursing degree program. After completing 25 hours of undergraduate coursework and passing the competency exam, you’ll be eligible to start your MSN journey.

How long is the bridge program?

At 25 credit hours, the BSN portion of the coursework can be completed in as few as eight (8) months. Completion time is dependent upon how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes are completed each term. The time required to finish the MSN portion of the coursework also is dependent on the number of courses completed each term. Please see the MSN Specializations for more information.

How much will it cost?

The undergraduate rate is $265 per credit hour and the graduate tuition rate is $325 per credit hour. Your credit-hour costs may be lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Grantham also offers scholarships for those who qualify.

When can I start?

Courses begin frequently, so we’re ready when you are.

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RN to MSN Bridge Program Option (Bridge Program)

RN to MSN Bridge Outcomes

After successfully completing the nursing courses in this program, you will be able to:

  • Integrate nursing and related sciences into the delivery of advanced nursing care to diverse populations
  • Incorporate concepts of advanced practice nursing when making nursing diagnoses and critical thinking decisions about educational and therapeutic interventions
  • Design nursing care for a clinical or community-based population based on cultural diversity, biophysical, psychosocial, and organizational needs
  • Demonstrate high-level communication skills when involved with patients and professionals both within and outside the healthcare field
  • Combine theory and research-based knowledge from nursing and the sciences as they relate to the interdisciplinary team when designing, coordinating and evaluating quality patient care
  • Formulate career management strategies, including self-advocacy, to enhance professional growth.
Core Professional Competencies

Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these five critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – competence in effective written and oral communication
  • Critical Thinking – ability to analyze problems, reflectively process information and formulate solutions
  • Respect for Diversity – awareness of and appreciation for varieties of human experiences and social structures
  • Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibilities – responsibility to the greater societal good and an applied ethical framework in decision making
  • Lifelong Learning – definition for and acquisition of a continuing pursuit of educational needs throughout their professional lives

RN to MSN Bridge Program Option (Bridge Program)

As you consider your educational options for RN-MSN online programs, bear in mind Grantham University’s coursework is 100% online for the flexibility you need to succeed.

Note: For successful completion of the program, courses must be taken in the sequence shown.

Program Core Credits: 25
Total Credit Hours: 25
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 25
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU100 Title: Student Success Credits: 1
  This required one-credit hour course introduces Grantham students to various strategies for learning and helps develop skills essential for succeeding in an online education program. Students complete self assessments to become familiar with their learning styles and how to use their learning styles in online studies. Students successfully completing this course are more proficient in time management, reading skills, writing techniques, memory abilities, and test-taking strategies. Students learn how to navigate within Grantham University's online course learning environment, submit assignments, and where to go for academic assistance. GU100 is normally taken with level 100 or 200 courses that offer the most common challenges in working in an online learning environment. Students complete assignments in both courses simultaneously as a learning strategy for general education and entry-level knowledge acquisition while developing successful online study skills. Successful completion of
Course: EN361 Title: Technical Writing Credits: 3
  This course teaches the skills needed to produce such forms as memos, informal reports, proposals, and letters of applications. The course starts with theory and proceeds to skills and applications. Some of the topics studied include the Technical Writing Process, Research, Summarizing, Outlining, and Formatting of various reports. Your knowledge of the subject matter will be evaluated through objective tests, and your writing skills will be evaluated by your performance on writing assignments.
Course: NUR302 Title: Pathophysiology Credits: 3
  This course builds on the basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology to identify the disruptions in normal body functioning. The student will analyze objective and subjective data from common health issues occurring in diverse populations. Factors impacting on the disruption in health patterns will be discussed. Integrated into the discussion of each health issue are the assessment findings, diagnostic testing measures, and interventions including pharmacological therapy.
Course: NUR306 Title: Pharmacology Credits: 3
  This course establishes the foundation principles upon which nursing management of drug therapy is based. An overview of core drug knowledge and variables in drug administration is provided. A body system/drug classification approach is utilized to investigate the pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs. From knowledge gained in this course, the nurse can provide safe, effective, quality care regarding administration of medications to diverse populations.
Course: NUR405 Title: Health Assessment for Professional Nursing Credits: 3
  Nursing courses must be taken in the prescribed sequence noted in the degree program chart. This course builds on the practical knowledge many RNs possess due to employment in healthcare agencies. The course provides a holistic approach to health assessment for the adult client with adaptations across the life span. Theories and competencies are needed to elicit a thorough and accurate assessment of the client under various health and wellness conditions. The student will apply concepts of health assessment focusing on a general systems approach and will complete 45 hours of practice experience (PE). Using a simulated patient encounter for clinical learning, students will conduct a general health assessment, and formulate an individualized care plan.
Course: MA230 Title: Mathematical Statistics I Credits: 3
  This intermediate mathematics course presents methods in making analytical decisions using statistics. This course focuses on the characteristics of numerical and categorical data, methods of presentation, and descriptive statistics. Correlation and covariance are presented in the context of business analysis. The course also introduces students to basic methods of sampling and of making inferences using one or two independent samples.
Course: NUR410 Title: Theoretical Concepts of Research in Nursing Credits: 3
  This course introduces the student to components of the research process with application to the theory and practice of professional nursing. Emphasis is on evidence-based practice utilizing the research process. Students will be introduced to several research methods with an emphasis on the use of these methods in solving patient care problems. Critiquing skills will be developed to assist the student in becoming an active consumer of research and a participant on the research team.
Course: NUR417 Title: Nursing Leadership and Management Credits: 3
  This course prepares the RN-BSN student for experiences in a leadership and management arena. Students will use a variety of learning methodologies to develop a foundation for decision-making, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. A continuation of the legal and ethical concepts as well as advocacy roles will be discussed throughout this course. This course includes practice experience (PE) totaling 22.5 hours
Course: NUR427 Title: Population Health in the Global Community Credits: 3
  This course will introduce the principles of population health and epidemiology in individuals and family case studies as well as disaster scenarios. Students will discuss disease prevention in the context of emerging global diseases within the constraints of personal and national financial resources. This course includes practice experience (PE) totaling 22.5 hours. Students will conduct a virtual community health assessment and develop a plan for intervention for a specific community health need that reflects a global health issue. A teaching project reflecting a current health issue will be developed for potential implementation in a community.