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Master’s of Nursing Science Program Options

Alternative Entry for RNs Without BSN Degrees

Two alternative pathways to graduate nursing education are available to individuals who have completed basic nursing education programs and hold a valid unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in Texas. These options are based on the Texas Nursing Articulation Model and allow qualified students to integrate professional experience and previous education into graduate education.

The RN-MSN Program is an accelerated program for highly motivated, academically advantaged registered nurses who have earned a diploma or associate degree in nursing and who meet all other requirements for admission into the TAMUCC MSN degree program. Individuals in this entry pathway must complete 24 credit hours of preparatory course work before they start graduate nursing courses. A challenge option is available for two of the required preparatory courses.

The RN-Bridge program is also an accelerated program for registered nurses who have earned a baccalaureate in another field and meet all other requirements to enter into the MSN program. Individuals admitted to this program must complete 21 credit hours of prerequisite coursework prior to beginning graduate courses. Of these credits, 6 can be earned through challenge examinations.

Expected outcomes for these articulation pathways are the same as the MSN program outcomes. Students admitted to the MSN program through the RN-MSN or RN-Bridge option will not earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

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