RN to MS Bridge Program for the RN with a Previous Non-Nurse Bachelor's Degree

The RN-MS Nursing Bridge program is for Registered Nurses who have a previous non-nursing Bachelor’s degree. Students in this program do not earn a Bachelor’s degree but, instead, matriculate directly into the Master’s program after completing four upper division Nursing courses. These courses include:

  • NU 304 Health Assessment
  • NU 403 Evidence for Clinical Practice
  • NU 404 Concepts and Challenges for Professional Practice
  • NU 510 Community-Based Nursing


Once completed, students move directly into their chosen track and specialty area as appropriate. In addition to specialty courses, all students complete the core requirements for the master’s degree which include: Nursing Theory, Advanced Nursing Research and Health Policy. The tracks and specialty areas include: Nurse Practitioner (Pediatrics, Family, Adult/Geriatric, Psychiatric-Mental Health, or Women’s Health), Adult Acute/Critical Care Clinical Specialist, Nursing Leadership/Health Administration, Nursing Leadership/Health Policy, Nursing Leadership/Health Informatics, and Nursing Leadership/Regulatory Affairs. The length of time required to complete the RN-MS Bridge Program depends upon the selection of the full-time or part-time options for study and total number of credits, which varies from 56-62 based on choice of track.

Upcoming Course Schedules

College policy requires that all graduate programs must be completed within seven years. It is important that you meet with a faculty member, Program Director, or the Dean of the School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions 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.

Regis College: Graduate Department