Post-Baccalaureate RN to M.S. in Nursing

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Students accepted into the Post Baccalaureate RN to M.S. Program (RNMS-PB) are associate or diploma prepared registered nurses with an earned bachelor’s degree in another field who desire to obtain a Master of Science degree with a major in nursing. Post Baccalaureate RN to M.S. students do not receive another baccalaureate degree and instead, upon completion of the bridge courses, transition into the full spectrum of master’s level courses toward the specialty track chosen. Various specialty tracks are offered in advanced practice, nurse educator, and nursing administration.

Applicants must have a B average in all prerequisite courses, including basic nursing courses, and must meet all requirements for admission to the master’s program, with the exception of having completed a baccalaureate in nursing. Students in the Post Baccalaureate RN to M.S. Program complete 10 to 15 semester credit hours of identified undergraduate coursework and 10 to 13 semester credit hours of graduate course work before progressing to unconditional admission to the graduate program. Upon completion of the required baccalaureate semester credit hours, students complete the remaining requirements for the master’s degree. Depending on the master’s specialty chosen, the master’s degree can be completed in an additional 3 - 6 semesters of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

All applicants to this program are subject to policies of the College of Nursing Master’s Program and Graduate School at Texas Woman’s University. The requirements for admission to the Post Baccalaureate RN to M.S. Program are:

  1. Current license to practice professional nursing in the USA, unencumbered
  2. A basic statistics course (included in the required prerequisite coursework).
  3. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited College or University in a non-nursing program.
  4. Completion of all prerequisites prior to the first class day.
  5. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B average) in the last 60 semester credit hours of course work toward the bachelor’s degree and a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B average) in all prior graduate coursework.
  6. A minimum grade of C in anatomy and physiology and microbiology.
  7. A minimum B average in all required nursing courses for the associate degree or the diploma in nursing.
  8. Completion of the equivalent of one year of full-time experience as a registered nurse prior to enrollment in the first clinical course at the master’s level.
  9. GRE (verbal and quantitative scores) or MAT scores submitted to Office of Admission Processing.
  10. Completion and submission of the Application for Admission to Upper Division Nursing for the College of Nursing – Post Baccalaureate RN to M.S. Program to the campus or center where the candidate wants to be considered for admission (Denton Campus, Dallas Center, Houston Center) and for the semester of desired admission. There is no application fee to the College of Nursing for registered nurses. The College of Nursing addresses are located on the bottom of the application.

Prerequisite Courses for Admission into the Post Baccalaureate RN to M.S. Program

Prerequisite Courses
Developmental Psychology (Lifespan)3
Introduction to Nutrition3
Chemistry with lab4
Microbiology and Lab4
Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab4
Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab4
Total Semester Credit Hours25

Upper division nursing courses will be determined by the program track selected, for a total of 46 to 57 semester credit hours to complete.

Advanced Placement - Nursing Courses Which May Be Challenged

All students in the Post Baccalaureate RN to M.S. Program are eligible to challenge specified undergraduate nursing courses. Advanced placement through the challenge examination process offers the registered nurse the opportunity to challenge courses for which she/he has gained knowledge through continuing education, life experiences, or academic course work.

Progression Requirements

To progress in the Post Baccalaureate RN to M.S. Program, a student must receive a minimum of ‘B’ in each required baccalaureate and master’s course and must maintain a 3.0 grade point average. A student may repeat only one course in which a grade of less than ‘B’ is earned. A student who has earned a grade of less than ‘B’ in two nursing courses or who has earned a grade of less than ‘B’ twice in the same required course will be removed from the Post Baccalaureate RN to M.S. Program. If a course must be repeated, the student cannot continue to take master’s level courses until the course with a grade below ‘B’ has been successfully repeated; however, a student may continue to take undergraduate courses or choose to continue as an RN to B.S. student. Students who choose to continue as an RN to B.S. students could, upon completion of the baccalaureate program, reapply to the master’s program.