What Are the Benefits of an RN to MSN Bridge Pathway?

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For registered nurses who are interested in earning a Master of Science in Nursing, but don’t have their BSN, GCU offers a bridge pathway that prepares students to enter and successfully complete their master’s degree. An MSN bridge pathway is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in a health-related area. By taking only 24 credits of bridge coursework, you could be on your way to earning your MSN:

Why Take an MSN Bridge Pathway?

GCU’s nursing bridge pathway will prepare you to seamlessly transition into one of our Master of Science in Nursing programs. The bridge is designed to allow those who want an MSN to accelerate their way to the degree instead of having to earn a BSN beforehand. Our RN to MSN bridge pathway focuses on coursework from the BSN program, including community and public health, nursing research, leadership and much more.

RN to BSN to MSN Fast-Track Option

If you are still interested in earning your BSN, GCU can work with you to help you earn both your BSN and MSN in less time. Talk to your university counselor about your opportunities to enroll in a fast-track program to help you complete both degrees and how you can most efficiently manage your time. GCU allows you to transfer up to 90 credits (only 84 can be lower division) toward your RN to BSN, which may also shorten your time to completion. Fill out the Request More Information form on this page to get in touch with a university counselor to find out more.

Job Opportunities with an MSN

An MSN can help you advance your career and become a leader in your field. You may seek a position in nursing leadership, management, clinical education or research upon earning your degree. GCU also offers several emphases, including nursing education, public health and leadership in healthcare systems, to help you learn more about a specific area of your field.

Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions offers online nursing programs to help you earn your degree with convenience and flexibility. To learn more, visit our website or contact us using the Request More Information button.  

Written by Jessalyn Johnson, a senior earning an English literature degree from GCU.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.


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