RN to Master of Nursing

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The RN-MN program allows RNs with a bachelor’s degree in any field to pursue an advanced nursing degree while maintaining their other life commitments. Master’s-prepared nurses are in high demand to assume existing and emerging roles in a number of health care settings including management, administration, education, research, policy, and consulting. Full- and part-time programs of study are available. 

This program is offered at all College of Nursing sites.

You may start the program in spring or fall semester.

Application deadlines are:

  • Fall: Dec. 1
  • Spring: July 1

Prior to applying to the graduate school and selecting a master’s track option, you will be advised on the completion of the following two courses, which will help bridge your current bachelor’s degree to graduate-level course work in nursing.

  • NURS 360 Professional Nursing Concepts & Issues (2 credits)
  • NURS 440 Community Health Nursing Concepts (3 credits)

The RN to MN program requires 37 credit hours. Some students may need additional courses to bridge their current degree to master’s-level course work. The typical student completes the program in two to three years full-time or three to four years part-time. The Graduate School allows six years.

Track options:

Courses are hybrid, a flexible mix of online and on-campus formats. Most classes meet no more than five times per semester, with the remaining work online.

You may complete clinical course work at a variety of sites. Border Bill students may complete clinicals in either Oregon or Washington if they have a Washington license.

For further details, including nursing scholarships, see the systemwide WSU College of Nursing website.

For further details, including required courses, prerequisites and nursing scholarships, see the systemwide WSU College of Nursing website.

Careers and salary

Master’s-level nurses may work as faculty members for associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in nursing; manage nursing units; work in public health as nurses or administrators; specialize in informatics, transitional care, outreach, training or health education; or serve as administrators of acute or chronic care.

Salary varies by location and specialty, but most MN-prepared nurses can expect an average starting salary ranging from $45,000-$80,000.

Ready to apply?

Contact an academic advisor and see Steps to Apply for pre-application and application requirements.