RN to MSN Preparatory Coursework

This program is being taught out and is no longer open to new students.

Take your career to the next level with the 100% online RN to MSN Preparatory Coursework. These courses give you the opportunity to earn 24 credits in undergraduate coursework in preparation for Grantham’s Master of Science in Nursing specialization tracks. The Preparatory Coursework option is only available to RNs with an associate degree in Nursing (ADN/ASN/AAS).

After completing the online BSN coursework (24 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 24 credits of undergraduate BSN courses.

What will this coursework do for me?

The RN to MSN Preparatory Coursework option essentially helps “bridge” the gap between an associate degree and the Master of Science in Nursing degree program. After completing 24 hours of undergraduate coursework and passing the competency exam, you’ll be eligible to start your MSN journey.

How long is the coursework?

At 24 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 $295 per credit hour and the graduate tuition rate is $350 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.

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RN to MSN Preparatory Coursework

MSN Core

  • 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
  • Assess 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 personal growth

Core Professional Competencies

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

  • Communication:
    Formulating and expressing thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills in person, in writing, and in a digital world.
  • Distributed Collaboration:
    Working effectively across distributed locations and asynchronously to achieve a common goal through relationship-building, shared responsibility, empathy, and respect.
  • Professional and Social responsibility:
    Engaging in social responsibility through seeking justice, valuing diversity, respecting the environment; and demonstrating professionalism through integrity, mutual accountability, and ethical behavior. This includes considering the social and global impact of individual and organizational decisions, and an awareness of and adhering to regulations, professional standards, and industry best practices.
  • Critical thinking/problem solving:
    Using analytical reasoning when gathering and evaluating relevant information to effectively formulate possible solutions for an issue, problem, or a variety of issues; includes the ability to recognize potential consequences of a decision.
  • Career management:
    Identifying knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal strengths and experiences necessary to pursue career goals. Recognizing areas for professional growth, how to navigate and explore job options, and to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
  • Data aptitude:
    Develop information literacy and the capacity to manage data with subsequent finding, structuring, evaluating, and interpreting, in order to provide meaningful analysis to accomplish a specific purpose.

RN to MSN Preparatory Coursework

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

Note: For successful completion of the preparatory coursework, courses must be taken in the prescribed sequence.

Program Core Credits: 24
Total Credit Hours: 24
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 24
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: EN361 Title: Fundamentals of Technical Writing Credits: 3
  This course explores the fundamental principles of successful professional communication. Students learn how to write business correspondence job search correspondence public relations documents and professional reports. Students also gain experience in defining their audiences and purpose designing document layout as well as writing revising and proofreading text. In completing the requirements of this course students showcase and evaluate their own writing and design skills in a professional correspondence portfolio. Additionally through a series of reflective journal exercises students reflect on their learning and writing progress. NOTE: Credit may not be awarded for both EN261 and EN361.
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
  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 course presents methods in making analytical decisions using statistics. The course focuses on the characteristics of numerical and categorical data methods of presentation and descriptive statistics. The course also introduces students to basic methods of sampling and of making inferences using one or two independent samples. NOTE: Credit may not be awarded for both MA215 and MA230.
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.