According to 2010 The Future of Nursing, a report by the Institute of Medicine, only 50 percent of registered nurses are prepared at the baccalaureate or graduate degree level. This number falls far below the recommendations to have at least 80 percent of registered nurses prepared at these levels.
In response, faculty at the University of Arizona College of Nursing have launched a Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN) program via a 100-percent online coursework environment. Designed with the practicing RN in mind, this highly accessible, streamlined master’s program can take less time than most traditional bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs, making it an attractive option for RNs who wish to further their education while continuing to practice nursing.
To advance RN competencies in clinical systems leadership, the program features 11eight-week courses to complete the total of 44 credit hours and can be completed in as few as two years. Focused on further building the leadership competencies for comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate patient-centered care delivery in a variety of health-care settings, student learning emphasizes health-care team collaboration; care coordination, quality and safety; health promotion and risk reduction; healing environments; and health-care technologies and economics.
The program is open to RNs who hold an associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution, have earned a 3.0 GPA (based on a scale of 4.0) for the last 30 semester credit hours of their nursing program and have two years of experience practicing as an RN within the past five years.
For more information about the curriculum or program requirements, please go to msnonline.arizona.edu or contact a college representative at 1-855-789-7046.
Faculty at the University of Arizona College of Nursing envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities. Established in 1957, the college ranks among the top nursing programs in the United States. For more information about the college, please visit its website, www.nursing.arizona.edu