Master of Nursing


RN-to-MN Option

This option is designed for experienced Registered Nurses with a previous non-nursing bachelor’s who have also completed a two year nursing degree.  It’s a faster, more direct way for experienced nurses who already have a bachelor’s degree to acquire a master’s degree without first completing the BSN; this option does not confer the BSN degree.

To be eligible for admissions, applicants must demonstrate competency in two areas: Nursing Leadership and Population Health. These prerequisite skills and knowledge are equivalent to those gained in a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Competency is demonstrated one of two ways:

  • Completing of the prerequisites with a 3.0 or higher in each course or; 
  • Through demonstrated experience via a petition to waive one or both of the prerequisites.  

Prerequisites coursework

Course scheduling

  • 2021-2022 couse schedule for BNURS 424 and 422. The courses are offered throughout the year and may be taken at the undergraduate tuition rate prior to commencing the MN program. 

Course descriptions 

Petition instructions 

If you believe your have the prerequisite skills through work experience or equivalent education, you can petition to waive one or both of the requirements. Submit your petition as early as possible; ideally at the same time you are applying to the program. This way, if the petition is not approved there is time to enroll in the courses prior to the start of the MN program. 

  1. Complete the petition form.
  2. Answer the questions below for each competency your are petitioning.
  3. Provide a supporting letter for each competency you are petitioning  (ideally from a graduate prepared nurse who can attest to your experience).
  4. Submit your nursing resume.
  5. Submit petition materials to the graduate adviser, Celinda Smith at Supporting letters may be sent directly to the adviser from the recommenders.

Reach out the graduate adviser at any time for planning and assistance.

Leadership and Management petition

Answer each of the following questions in no more than five pages, double spaced, using 12 font and submit a supporting letter from a professional nursing colleague describing your leadership contribution to your organization or profession. Your petition should demonstrate sufficient analysis, reflection, knowledge and experience in nurse leadership and management. Equivalent course: Team Leadership and Care Coordination.

  1. Describe how you have applied leadership concepts and skills to leading teams in the provision of care delivery and for the promotion of a positive workplace culture.
  2. Describe how you have been accountable for delegating to and supervising other team members.
  3. Give an example of working with an interprofessional team.
  4. Provide examples of using coaching, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills to promote effective teams.
  5. Describe a time when you have used data to facilitate coordination of care across the continuum of settings.

Community Health petition 

Answer each of the following questions in no more than five pages, double spaced, using 12 font and submit a supporting letter from a professional nursing colleague describing your contribution and or experience related population-based practice. Your petition should demonstrate sufficient analysis, reflection, knowledge and experience in community health nursing. Equivalent course: Population-based Health in Community Practice.  View BNURS 424 student posters for an idea ccommunity based learning and projects.

  1. Describe basic principles of public health and population-based practice.
  2. Link your application of practice and experience to theory.
  3. Describe with examples social determinants of health to one or more diverse populations within a community.
  4. Provide an example of when you analyzed individuals, families, other small groups, and communities as interacting components of larger social, cultural, political, economic, ecological, and health care processes and systems; how did it shape your perspective?
  5. Provide an example of when you collaborated with a community partner and/or nursing colleague, and interdisciplinary professionals to assess, develop, coordinate, implement, and evaluate interventions for health concerns within specific communities. 
  6. Provide an example of when you explored (and for what use) the impact of local, state, national and global policies on the health of a specific community.

Petition insights

In addition to your description of your professional experience, expertise and education, your petition will be strengthened by the use of clear and specific examples. The following list should be of use to you as you prepare your petition. 

  • Submit your petition and program application early
  • Course descriptions of academic, continuing education, or in service education courses
  • Clinical examples of research utilization or implementation
  • Health education activities
  • Community projects
  • Professional certification, when the exam or requirements for such certification includes knowledge of relevant content or skills
  • Committee leadership
  • Volunteer experience
  • Leadership in professional organizations

Updated November 2021