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R.N.-M.S. track

The School of Nursing offers a track in the master’s program designed for students who have their R.N. licensure but have not completed the baccalaureate degree. The track includes elements of the R.N.-B.S. program and moves the student expeditiously into M.S. program course work. The student completes the general education requirements for the baccalaureate degree prior to entering the R.N.-M.S. track. The track provides the additional courses in the major required for the degree and a B.S. degree is awarded after the completion of 30 credit hours of specified course work. All concentrations in the master’s program are available to students admitted to this track.

(Undergraduate nursing courses taken in the R.N.-B.S. track)
Credits
NURS 301 Information Literacy in Health Care
3
NURS 307 Foundations of Professional Nursing I
3
NURS 308 Foundations of Professional Nursing II
3
NURS 367 Applied Principles of Health and Disease
3
NURS 407 Using Evidence in Clinical Practice
2
NURS 410 Applied Ethics in Clinical Practice
3
NURS 415 Community Health Nursing: Theory and Application*
5
NURS 461 Advanced Clinical Assessment
3
NURS 477 Leadership and Management in Health Care
4
NURS 488 Practicum in Clinical and Management Decision-making
3

Total
______
32
 
*This course will be accepted in transfer only upon rigorous evaluation for comparability to the B.S. course using defined criteria developed by expert faculty in community health. VCU course objectives will be provided to applicants, who must provide a copy of the course syllabus and a written statement of how the course met the objectives of the VCU course. Otherwise the course will be taken as a prerequisite for beginning the R.N.-M.S. track.
 
M.S. core curriculum component
(credits shared for B.S. and M.S. degrees)

Credits
NURS 501 Advanced Professionalization I
1
NURS 502 Advanced Nursing Practice: Pharmacotherapeutics
3
NURS 503 Advanced Nursing Practice: Psychosocial
3
NURS 504 Advanced Nursing Practice: The Biological Basis of Health and Illness Across the Lifespan
3
NURS 508 Advanced Nursing Practice: Systems
3
NURS 509 Health Program Planning
3
NURS 511 Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice
3
NURS 512 Advanced Nursing Science
3
NURS 601 Advanced Professionalism II
1

Total
______
23**

**The remainder of the curriculum (at least 30 credits) is consistent with all requirements of the current M.S. program and is specific to the concentration chosen.

 

 

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