RN to MSN – Hybrid

Family Nurse Practitioner Track
Nursing Administration Track

Become an FNP or Nursing Administrator as you fast track to your master’s degree.

Wisconsin’s only RN to MSN program where you choose your track

Marian University’s streamlined RN to MSN program was created for associate degree registered nurses (ADN) to complete their master’s degree within a streamlined program, and in less time. Wisconsin licensed RNs will develop the foundational knowledge and skills needed not only to solidify their standing in the field, but also advance their careers.

Choose from two tracks:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Administration

Students in the RN to MSN program will initially take bachelor’s level courses that are 100% online.  After advancing through the bachelor’s level classes, students progress to master’s level classes.  Class length varies between 7 and 15 weeks.  The curriculum is taught by industry-respected faculty that blend research, leadership, and advanced practice topics.  By creating a more streamlined educational path, students may complete their master’s degree while attending courses full-time (four years) or part-time (five years).

ADNs, earn your MSN
in only 4 years!

Your Concentration. Your Choice.

Our streamlined RN to MSN program allows you to choose your track – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Nursing Administration.  Students completing the FNP track are eligible to apply for American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) Family Nurse Practitioner certification.  Students completing the Nursing Administration track meet the continuing education requirements to be certified through ANCC and/or AONL (additional hours of experience requirements defined by certifying agency).

Your Schedule. Your Start.

We offer six possible start times each year for you to earn your MSN degree.  Fit your education into your lifestyle when it’s most convenient for you.

Your Degree. Your Discount.

Marian University has partnerships with employers and educational institutions.  These partnerships benefit students with tuition discounts.

Choose Your Track

Family Nurse Practitioner Track (FNP)

Become an FNP if you are passionate about patient care, thrive on developing long-term patient relationships, and wish to continue making a difference by providing healthcare to people of diverse ages and backgrounds. FNPs have an active role in the lives of their patients.

Family Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice

  • Assess and diagnose acute and chronic health conditions
  • Conduct routine care such as physicals
  • Prescribe medication
  • Provide primary and preventative care
  • Develop treatment plans for acute and chronic illness

Nursing Administration Track (NA)

Become a nurse administrator if you are passionate about advanced leadership positions in healthcare. Professionals have an active role in the executive-level management of their organizations with a wide variety of tasks designed to improve patient outcomes.

A Career in Nursing Administration

  • Oversee operations, uphold regulatory policies, and ensure protocol compliance
  • Lead nursing staff, recruit and terminate, and address personnel issues
  • Professional development, mentoring, training, and performance reviews of nursing staff
  • Manage finances and create budget
  • Liaison between staff, management, interdepartmental staff, and executive team

RN to MSN Curriculum

The Marian University RN to MSN degree program has been streamlined for nursing students to complete their master’s degree in four years – the same amount of time it takes most to complete a bachelor’s degree. Moving along the path toward an RN to MSN degree, you’ll advance to graduate-level coursework that will focus on the track of your choosing – Family Nurse Practitioner or Nursing Administration.

Undergraduate and Graduate Credit Breakdown

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

  • 21 Bachelor-Level
  • 3 General Education
  • 46 Master-Level

Total Credits: 70

Nursing Administration Track

  • 24 Bachelor-Level
  • 3 General Education
  • 35 Master-Level

Total Credits: 62 

Transfer up to 90 Credits from Your ADN
Students with an Associate Degree in Nursing will undergo a credit-to-credit evaluation for general education equivalents earned in their ADN program.  Marian University has a generous transfer credit policy with up to 90 total credits eligible for transfer, including nursing courses.  ADNs who graduated from a Wisconsin Technical College benefit from a seamless transfer of credits.

Master of Science in Nursing Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Marian University Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, graduates will demonstrate the processes of acquiring/generating knowledge, critical thinking, valuing, decision-making, and communicating to:

  • Integrate advanced theoretical and scientific knowledge to guide advanced nursing leadership in diverse practice settings.
  • Integrate outcome data, evidence-based practice recommendations and professional standards of care to improve population health outcomes.
  • Apply leadership and inter-professional skills in healthcare delivery systems to ensure safe and quality care.
  • Apply principles of information systems and population health to deliver evidence-based, culturally relevant strategies for individuals, families and aggregate populations.
  • Employ collaborative strategies to advance the profession of nursing through the integration of theory, research, policy, and practice excellence.
  • Advocate for social justice and healthcare policy that promotes safe, cost-effective, and equitable outcomes.
  • Demonstrate critical and self-reflective thinking that promotes advanced role competency and professional accountability.

Nursing Department Mission Statement

The Nursing Department is an integral, dynamic, and innovative entity committed to the education and preparation of diverse health care professionals in a faith-based academic institution while improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities through the application of evidence-based practice in a global environment.

Nursing Department Program Philosophy

Provide state of the art undergraduate and graduate nursing education that endows nursing graduates with the knowledge, values, and skills to work within collaborative interdisciplinary teams to provide safe patient-centered care in any setting. Through the use of research evidence, health informatics, and knowledge of quality improvement, graduates will have the skill set to lead change in individual patient care settings, the community, and the nursing profession.

The undergraduate and graduate programs will provide a curriculum which fosters personal growth, professional development, and a commitment of service to the profession, lifelong learning, a community of respect, a commitment to social justice, and the freedom to explore spiritual traditions.

Master of Science in Nursing Program Goals

The mission and philosophy of the Nursing Department serve as a foundation for the development of graduate program goals. The nursing graduate program goals are to:

  • Provide nursing programs grounded in Judeo-Christian tradition.
  • Prepare learners for life-long learning in formal and informal settings.
  • Provide nursing education that prepares students to practice nursing in various settings with diverse populations.

Admission Requirements
RN to MSN program applications are reviewed six times per year.  Students can expect to advance through the program at their own pace.

Admission to the graduate program is competitive with selection of students based on academic acumen, congruent professional goals with program track, work experience (if applicable), and professional references.

Applicants seeking admission are required to submit a complete admission packet to the Office of Admission by the deadline specific to the starting term.

Application Requirements

  • Earned Associate Degree of Nursing from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended.
  • Unencumbered Wisconsin Registered Nurse (RN) license.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for the ADN degree.
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate course in statistics within the last five (5) years. Statistics course must include content on descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae.
  • Professional goal statement.

Professional Goal Statement
All applicants will submit a 4-page, double-spaced maximum length goal statement that addresses the following (please use as headings):

  • Reasons for choosing Marian University
  • Reasons for choosing the Nursing Administration or Family Nurse Practitioner program
  • Personal and professional attributes that will contribute to your success in graduate school
  • Preparations for the rigors of graduate education
  • Short and long-term professional goals

Professional Standards

The Marian University RN to MSN program uses the following professional standards and guidelines in the development, delivery, and assessment of the program:

  • Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs [Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 2018]
  • The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice [American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2011]