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RN-MSN Degree Program FAQs

RN-MSN Degree Program FAQs

RN-MSN Degree Program FAQs

Below, you'll find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the RN to Bachelor to Master of Science in Nursing online program from Sacred Heart University.

What are the admission requirements?

To be considered for admission, candidates must have the following:

  • a current, unencumbered RN license
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing
  • a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • résumé
  • statement of professional goals
  • two letters of recommendation
  • Background check

Who are the instructors in the online RN to BSN to MSN program?

The faculty members who teach on-campus at Sacred Heart University are of the same caliber as the faculty that teach our online courses. Our distinguished faculty members have years of clinical experience and in many cases have studied Nursing Education and perform scholarly research. Read about their backgrounds on the RN to BSN to MSN Faculty page.

What types of students take the online RN to BSN to MSN degree program?

Our students are mainly adult RNs who work full-time and are returning to school to obtain their bachelor's and master’s degrees in nursing in one time and through a cost-saving program. Our RN-MSN-BSN students are seeking a degree from an accredited nursing school regionally recognized for nursing excellence and desire a specialty in either clinical leadership, nursing management and executive leadership, or nursing education.

What is the difference between the RN-BSN-MSN and the RN-MSN programs?

If you already have a bachelor's degree, and are not interested in earning a BSN, Sacred Heart University's RN-MSN program may be for you.

While most MSN programs require a BSN in order to apply, our RN-MSN program does not. With a bachelor's degree in any field of study, and a current RN license, you can start working toward your Master of Science in Nursing degree.

Unlike the RN-BSN-MSN program, you will not earn a BSN degree as part of the RN-MSN program.

Do I need a bachelor's degree in Nursing to apply?

No. The program is open to RNs with a Diploma or an Associate's degree in nursing. The RN to BSN to MSN program rolls your bachelor's and master's degree in nursing into one program.

Do I receive my BSN as part of this program?

Yes. At the successful completion of the BSN courses, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will be conferred.

How much time does it take to complete courses in the online RN to BSN to MSN program?

Online nursing programs require as much time and effort as a traditional campus course. In general, we suggest that you plan on spending between twelve to fifteen hours each week for a three-credit course, although this can vary depending on specific course requirements.

How long is each class session?

Each class session is eight weeks long.

When can I start the program? Does it have to be in the fall?

No. As you can see on our Academic Calendar, we offer several start dates, or modules, per year. Our admissions team is experienced in working with students to easily gauge how classes will integrate with your schedule.

What are the technical requirements for online learning?

You must know how to:

  • Use the Internet to communicate and find information
  • Use word processing software (Microsoft Word)
  • Download files
  • Read and send e-mail, attach document files to e-mail messages, etc.

You will need a computer with an up-to-date operating system and a connection to the Internet.

How do I get started?

You can apply online. Look at our RN-BSN-MSN Admissions Checklist to help you assemble all the required documentation.

Are there opportunities to study or conduct clinicals abroad?

Yes, Sacred Heart University offers nursing students the opportunity to travel internationally via Global Programs. For more information on upcoming trips and opportunities, please visit the Global Programs page.

Are there any state restrictions?

Please consult the State Authorizations page for information on state approval and licensure or call us at (877) 791-7181.