As a graduate of an Associate Degree in Nursing program, you are on the threshold of choice. You are a member of one of the most respected and trusted professions recognized in our communities. This is an exciting time of opportunity for you to return to nursing school. This is the time for you to choose. Your interest and desire in continuing your education affirms the commitment you have to promote the quality of life for those who depend on registered nurses as their advocates. If you choose to pursue a masters in nursing, you have taken the first step towards incredible growth with the outcome of applying your refined knowledge to others. Without a doubt, you will study with ardor however you will graduate with immense self-pride for your choice benefits countless others who will be touched by your caring and sensitivity to ensure a quality life with dignity for all the reasons why you chose to become a nurse.
Dr. Marsha Sato, Director of MSN Programs
At the completion of the ADN to MSN Bridge curriculum, the students will be able to: (from AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education, 2008)
The program includes modified baccalaureate courses with special attention given to professional development issues to ensure a smooth transition from the field into teaching positions and advance practice opportunities.
Before starting the undergraduate Bridge Curriculum, students must complete the basic three General Studies requirements. This includes Critical Thinking, English Composition, and Speech. Other General Studies and pre-requisites required to meet College graduation requirements (maximum of 6 courses) can be taken while enrolled in the program. General Studies courses that meet articulation standards can be transferred in for credit (maximum of 70 units). The undergraduate Bridge can be completed in one year as a full time student. Additional time may be required to complete the General Studies requirement for a BSN degree.
Upon completion of the ADN to MSN curriculum and college requirements, graduates are awarded both a BSN and MSN. Students may apply for their BSN once requirements are met (See BSN application). Graduates are also eligible to apply for certification as a Public Health Nurse through the California Board of Registered Nursing.
Entry can be at any point on the academic calendar; fall, spring, or summer however certain courses are prerequisite to others.
The basic three General Studies courses (to be completed prior to starting the Bridge) include:
Other General Studies requirements can be taken while in the program. (In order to be considered for the ADN to MSN Program, the applicant can have no more than 6 General Studies courses remaining). See General Studies requirements for baccalaureate degrees in the college catalog. The following are courses required by the ADN to MSN program:
See our articulation agreements for local Los Angeles colleges that offer courses that meet our College standards.
The ADN to MSN program is offered on a term format with courses scheduled in Fall, Spring, and Summer. In order to accommodate the professional working adult, classes are on weekends, during the weekday evening hours, and online. Courses focus on professional practice roles including leadership, management, health care policy issues, nursing research to guide practice, and community/public health nursing. Students are introduced to master level courses while taking the Bridge such as NUR 201 Theoretical/Conceptual Foundations of Nursing and NUR 203 Introduction to Graduate Studies. Students continue in the MSN program in either the Educator, Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Leadership/Administration track. The additional units of graduate course work vary dependent upon track.
Students are considered undergraduates and adhere to undergraduate Academic Policies while they progress through the undergraduate Bridge program (minimum of 3 terms). During the Bridge, students must complete a minimum of 3 lower division General Studies courses (if applicable).
Students advance to graduate standing and adhere to Graduate Academic Policies under the following conditions:
Satisfactorily completed a minimum of 3 General Studies courses (if applicable). All lower division General Studies courses have been completed. Any outstanding General Studies requirements are to be completed at the upper division level and will be charged graduate tuition rate.
All Bridge nursing courses satisfactorily completed. A grade of C- or below in a required course or a nursing course is not accepted.
Cumulative GPA is 3.0 or higher in last 60 semester units.
Statistics is a prerequisite for NUR 290.
Validation of clinical competence.
* The ADN to MSN Program requirements (courses and units) subject to change.
Students may apply for their BSN once the following requirements have been met:
For Mount St. Mary's College Scholarship information please click here.
For outside scholarships, please consult the American Association of Colleges of Nursing website (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education/financialaid.htm)
For Student Financing information please click here.