2023-2024 Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, B.S.N. to Master of Science in Nursing, M.S.N. (RN to MSN) (online GCS)

Susan Enfield, M.S.N., R.N., PEL-CSN, RN-BSN and RN-MSN Program Director

Suzanne Phipps, Ed.D., APRN, CNP, MSN Program Director

Olivet offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program for registered nurses who have earned either an associate’s degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing and desire to advance their personal and professional goals.  

Students will develop professional readiness, cultural sensitivity, and leadership/management skills throughout the program. Students will also develop, test and evaluate ideas relevant to nursing practice. Students will learn to be a change agent in the nursing field and students will interact with multidisciplinary representatives in various practice settings to explore collaborative best practices. This experience is obtained through practicum/clinical hours in both the BSN portion and MSN portion of the program.

Students will graduate with a baccalaureate degree after successful completion of the BSN curriculum that includes two 500 level courses.  Students may choose to stop after completing the BSN curriculum or continue on to the MSN program.

The MSN portion provides education and experience in one of three specialty tracks: education, transformational leadership, or family nurse practitioner. All students are provided the opportunity to learn the theoretical base of nursing science while participating in practicum/clinical experiences that will heighten their professional readiness for their career. In addition, various healthcare settings are utilized for practicum and clinicals in the three areas.  For more specific MSN information, please see the Master of Science in Nursing, M.S.N. section.


30-82 hours

Required Pre-Requisite Courses:

Must earn a “C” or higher in each course

General Education Requirements (Must be completed prior to NRSG 501)

Other BSN Guidelines:

All general education requirements must be completed prior to starting the BSN core curriculum.

Students are limited to withdrawing from, voluntarily or administratively, or failing two nursing courses.  Students may not fail more than one Practicum course in the program.  Students may not enroll in any nursing course more than two times. In order to progress into Nursing Research, learners must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher in MTH 120 . A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is required to progress in the Nursing courses and to graduate with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required to progress into the MSN portion.

Students must satisfactorily complete a certified background check and drug screen before starting their practicum hours in both the BSN portion and MSN portion.  Students will complete a total of 45 practicum hours in the BSN portion consisting of 15 practicum hours in each of the following courses: NRSG 326 - Community Health Nursing , NRSG 443 - Global & Transcultural Nursing , NRSG 467 - Leadership and Issues in Health Care, Law, and Ethics .  Students are responsible for obtaining preceptor(s) for the practicum/project hours in NRSG 326 , NRSG 443  (can be same preceptor as NRSG 326 ), and NRSG 467 . All preceptors are required to have a BSN degree or higher.

Prior to enrollment in the first Masters course, students are required to submit documentation of 2,000 hours of work time as an RN.  This documentation consists of a resume/CV listing employment as a nurse for a minimum of 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time. Your admission counselor or online advisor will request your resume after completing the BSN portion of the program.


For further information about track courses and other MSN program requirements, please see the Master of Science in Nursing, M.S.N.  track section.