RN/B Pathway to the MSN

This program is currently on hiatus.

Schedule: Our RN/B – MSN program is designed for the working nurse, with most students working a 0.5-0.8 FTE while enrolled in this traditional, on-campus program. Classes have generally been held Thursday evenings and all day Fridays, plus additional hours for practicums. The exception to this has been summer and J-Term courses as days and times vary. The Thursday/Friday schedule is subject to change from one year to the next, and none of the classes are offered online. Clinical experiences are usually during the day or evening shift, depending on preceptorship requirements (which are heavier toward the end of the program). We encourage applicants with flexible work schedules to accommodate varying class times and practicums.

Program length: 12 – 15 months (not including pre-requisite coursework)

Program start: Summer (mid-June)

Curriculum: RN-B to MSN students follow the traditional MSN curriculum, but must meet additional prerequisite requirements, including NURS 430, Situations with Communities (5 semester hours). NURS430 is best taken at PLU in the spring term prior to starting the MSN program in the summer. For this reason, RN-B to MSN applicants are encouraged to apply to the program early (prior to the deadline of November 15) if they wish to be considered for admission to the MSN program prior to taking NURS430 (which would start in early February).

Sample Curriculum

Summer Semester–1st Year
NURS 580 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

Fall Semester–1st Year
NURS 523 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse (3)
NURS 525 Theoretical Foundations (3)
NURS 526 Leadership and Management (3)

January Term–1st Year
NURS 524 Advanced Health Promotion (2)
NURS 540 Illness and Disease Management (2)

Spring Semester–1st Year
NURS 527 Evaluations and Outcomes Research (3)
NURS 530 Resource Management (3)
NURS 531 Care and Outcomes Manager Practicum 1 (3)

Summer Semester–2nd Year
NURS 532 Care and Outcomes Manager Practicum 2 (6)
NURS 596 Scholarly Inquiry (2)

Additional courses may be taken for other COM role specializations. Please note that students who do not complete a role specialization graduate from the COM concentration as advanced generalists.