Wilkes University


The RN to MSN program at Wilkes University allows registered nurses to continue their nursing education online while working.

RN to M.S.N. Program

Wilkes University's RN to M.S.N. program accelerates the path to an advanced nursing degree and can be completed fully online. This program is designed for the experienced, practicing, registered nurse who plans to continue nursing studies through the master's level and does not hold a baccalaureate degree.

This distance education RN to M.S.N. graduate nursing program is designed for the registered nurse with an associate’s degree in nursing who plans to earn a career-enhancing  nursing degree to the master’s level.  Students enter this program as graduate students of the university.  RN to M.S.N. students follow the policies of the Passan School of Nursing graduate nursing program. The curriculum starts with two bridge courses totaling 10 credit hours, which brings the student to the baccalaureate level of study.  * A pass-through bachelor's degree in nursing is not granted as part of this program.

NSG 410         Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing for the Graduate Nursing Student;  7 credits (15 week course)

NSG 411         Leadership and Management Practicum for the Graduate Nursing Student; 3 credits (clinical- 45 hours) (12 week course)

After completing the bridge courses, students continue in completing a concentration of their choice for the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree. Graduates are eligible for national certification upon program completion of the respective concentration. The total number of credits and degree requirements for completion of the RN to M.S.N. program and conferring of the M.S.N. degree is based upon the concentration chosen as listed below. The range is 49-53 total credits.

Choose from the following programs:

Admission requirements include:

  • An associate's degree in nursing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (Nurse Practitioner programs) from a programmatically accredited degree-granting institution
  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse
  • A completed admission application
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Official transcripts from degree-granting institution
  • Current resume/C.V.