2020-2021 Catalog 
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2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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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’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies 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.

Students will interact with multidisciplinary representatives in multiple practice settings to explore collaborative best practices. This experience is obtained through practicum 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 including two 500 level courses and may choose to stop 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 experiences that will heighten their professional readiness for their career. In addition, various healthcare settings are utilized for practicums in the three areas.

50-76 hours

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

Other BSN Guidelines:

Students are limited to withdrawing from, voluntarily or administratively, or failing two nursing courses.  Students may not fail more than one Practicum/Project 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/project hours in both the BSN portion and MSN portion.  Students will complete a total of 45 practicum/project hours; 15 practicum/project 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.

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

Prior to enrollment in the first Masters course, students are required to submit documentation of 2,000 hours of work time as an RN.  A letter on official letterhead from your Human Resource administrator or Supervisor documenting time worked as an RN is recommended (please speak with an Admission Counselor for other ways to verify hours worked).


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

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