BSN to MSN: BS in Nursing to MS in Nursing

The BSN to MSN bridge program is a graduate-level nursing degree for those who have already completed a four-year bachelor’s in nursing. It is typically suited for registered nurses (RNs) who currently hold a BSN and are looking to become advanced practice nurses. Holders of an MSN may also become nurse educators, managers, or administrators. The MSN degree may also be used as a stepping stone towards a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). For RNs who have not yet completed their bachelor’s degree in nursing, many schools also offer separate RN to MSN bridge programs.

How to Apply to a BSN to MSN Program

In order to apply to a BSN to MSN program, students must typically submit the following materials:

  • Application form with application fee
  • Transcripts from BSN program and all other post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Two to three letters of recommendation
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), depending on the program requirements
  • Current RN license
  • Statement of Purpose that addresses your reason for choosing nursing as a profession and an interest in a particular specialty

BSN to MSN Program Requirements

Program requirements vary according to the degree program, but students must typically complete the following:

  • Complete all graduate coursework in a specialty area which may include:
    • Clinical Specialties: Acute Care, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Mid-Wifery, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
    • Administrative Specialties: Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, Nurse Informaticist, Nurse Manager
  • Earn certification in area of practice and fulfill other assessment criteria determined by degree program

RN/BSN to MSN Bridge Programs