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RN-to-BS-to-MS Upward Mobility Track
The RN-to-BS-to-MS track is designed for the Associate Degree or Diploma Nurse or the Registered Nurse who wishes to continue his or her education for professional and personal growth. The student will earn both the Baccalaureate and the Master's degree with a major in Nursing. This curriculum track also provides a foundation for Doctoral study in Nursing. Registered Nurses who have earned a non-nursing bachelors degreeshould apply to the RN-MS Nursing Bridge program.
The specialty areas and roles are Nurse Practitioner (Pediatrics, Family, Psychiatric-Mental Health, Adult/Geriatric, or Women’s Health), Acute/Adult Critical Care Clinical Specialist, Nursing Leadership/Health Policy, Nursing Leadership/Health Informatics, and Nursing Leadership/Health Administration. The length of time required to complete the RN-to-BS-to-MS Upward Mobility Track depends upon the selection of the full-time or part-time options for study. College policy requires that all graduate programs must be completed within seven years. RN-to-BS-to-MS students may exit the program upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree.
It is important that you meet with your Faculty Advisor upon acceptance into the program in order to develop your personal curriculum plan, as the sequencing of courses can impact the time it takes you to complete the program.
Courses are offered during the day, in the evening, on weekends, and during the summer.
Upcoming Course Schedules
All nursing programs that have been approved by the Board of Nursing in Massachusetts articulate with the Regis College RN-to-BS-to-MS Upward Mobility Track or the RN-MS Bridge Program.
Prerequisites to Upper-Division Nursing Major*
Admission to this track is limited to Registered Nurses who have current licenses in nursing and who qualify for admission to Regis College.
* Credit for prerequisite courses may be accepted in transfer from accredited institutions, through CLEP, through courses taken at Regis College, and through departmental challenge examinations in selected courses. Students may enroll in prerequisite courses prior to official acceptance into the RN-to-BS-to-MS Upward Mobility track.
Courses Required For The Undergraduate Core Curriculum And Nursing Major Prerequisites.
There is no time limit on science courses if the applicant is a practicing nurse. Sciences include: two semesters of anatomy and physiology, one semester of chemistry (inorganic and organic combined), and microbiology. Those who have not been in practice for 5 years prior to admission must repeat the prerequisite science courses or enroll in review courses at Regis College, which are available in anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and chemistry.
Students earning their first baccalaureate degree must take all required core curriculum courses and the sciences for the nursing major. These courses include the following:
|English Composition I||3 credits|
|English Composition II||3 credits|
|History or Literature elective||3 credits|
|Sociology: Introductory||3 credits|
|Chemistry I/II Combined Course||4 credits|
|Developmental Lifespan (Human Development)||3 credits|
|Anatomy and Physiology I||4 credits|
|Anatomy and Physiology II||4 credits|
|Religious Studies Requirement: (Not RS 112)||3 credits|
|Philosophy Requirement||3 credits|
|Social Science Requirement||3 credits|
|Ethics/Ethical Reasoning||3 credits|
|Expressive Arts: (May Use Spanish 100)||3 credits|
|Nursing Courses: (Must Be Validated)||40 credits|
Required for Concentration in Nursing
|BI 612 Advanced Pathophysiology||3 credits|
|NU 304 Health Assessment||3 credits|
|NU 403 Research Based Practice||3 credits|
|NU 404 Concepts and Challenges In Professional Practice||3 credits|
|NU 510 Community-Based Nursing||5 credits|
|NU 601 Nursing Theory||3 credits|
|NU 618 Seminar: Health Policy||3 credits|
|NU 620 Clinical Pharmacology||3 credits|
|NU 630 Advanced Nursing Research (prerequisite NU 601)||3 credits|
|NU 641 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology II (BI 612 recommended prerequisite)||3 credits|
|NU 669 Family Systems Theory||3 credits|
|Graduate Elective 1||3 credits|
|Graduate Elective 2||3 credits|
|BS Earned Here||130 Credits|
In addition to these core courses, students may continue on to receive their MS and take courses specific to their Master's track and specialty area. The total number of credits varies with specific track and specialty and may vary from 104-110 total credits.