RN to BSN: FAQs
Yes! The RN to BSN program at MSU College of Nursing is now offered in a totally online format. Courses are offered in a traditional semester format, but you can log on to your course work at any time and day of the week that is convenient for you. The College of Nursing has a long history of providing a quality learning experience to distance, life-long learning, and working students. You will take 6-8 credits a semester for 5 semesters, which our graduates have found is manageable with work and family responsibilities.
Why should an RN consider earning a BSN?
Nursing today is very challenging. Nurses need to be able to think critically, and have knowledge of the health care systems and society in which they practice. Earning your BSN from MSU will help advance your critical thinking skills as you study the various issues that nurses face. You will also gain valuable experience in community health and nursing leadership settings. BSN prepared nurses also have more career options and job flexibility available to them, as earning your BSN expands your professional horizons. Also, earning your BSN may be a stepping-stone to earning your MSN, DNP, or PhD.
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When is the application deadline?
The RN-BSN program application is on a rolling basis. MSU has three semester starts: Fall (late August), Spring (January) and Summer (May). The semester you are eligible to start is determined by your individual program plan.
Is there a minimum grade point average I need to be eligible for application?
You need a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative grade point average in your associate degree in nursing program.
How do students apply for this program?
Application for the RN-BSN program requires a candidate to submit two separate applications, one to MSU and one to the College of Nursing. Candidates should submit an Undergraduate Transfer Admission Application to MSU with a major code of 4015 for first bachelors degree or 4029 for second bachelors degree.
MSU alumni should submit a readmission application to the University.
The College of Nursing application includes the application form, two reference forms, an essay and resume. All applicants must submit the College of Nursing Supplemental application.
Is the application online?
The College of Nursing application is available online. The PDF can be filled out and saved. But, it must be turned in as a hard copy with your essay, two reference forms and a resume. Please make sure your name is on each piece of your application.
Will a student receive credit for any courses taken in an A.D.N. program?
Michigan State University grants 30 credits for successfully passing your NCLEX-RN exam. In addition to those 30 credits, a maximum of 60 credits may be transferred from a community college. All transfer credits must be evaluated and approved by the University.
What does a student need to do before starting at MSU?
Prior to starting the RN to BSN program at Michigan State University, you will complete the prerequisites to the program at a community college or university near you. You may also complete the university requirements for graduation. Many students find they have already completed many of the prerequisites and the graduation requirements in their A.D.N. programs. You can find the list of prerequisites and university graduation requirements on our web page: http://www.nursing.msu.edu/
Students are encouraged to utilize the Transfer MSU website to determine course equivalencies.
There is a total of 117 clinical hours students will complete under the guidance of a preceptor who has a minimum of a BSN. Hours are flexible and can be planned with preceptor. Students may do their clinicals where they are employed. They may not do clinicals on the same unit where they practice.
NUR 465, Leadership Immersion with 45 clinical hours. Students work with a preceptor who holds a nurse management position.
NUR 470, Community and Population Health Nursing with 72 clinical hours. Students work with a preceptor in a health department, community agency, or school. Clinical hours are typically completed Monday-Friday during normal business hours. Evening and Weekend clinical hours may be possible but are not guaranteed
Can a student accelerate their program of study?
At this time, you may not accelerate your program of study. The program was designed as a part time program for practicing RNs.
How long does it take to earn a BSN from Michigan State University?
Once you are admitted to the RN to BSN program, you can complete the program in 5 semesters, over 18 months. Since the course work in the program is sequential, any deviation in the progression of course work needs to be discussed with the RN Advisor. Course work is year round, including summer semester.
There are scholarships available specifically for RN to BSN students from the College of Nursing. While scholarships are limited you are encouraged to apply for them. You may also check with the Michigan State University Office of Financial Aid for further assistance.
Many agencies also offer tuition reimbursement-ask your employer about their requirements. You can also check with your state Board of Nursing to see how many continuing education credits are granted for university course work.