The RN-to-MSN program in the School of Nursing enables students who are registered nurses without a BSN to obtain a MSN degree within one of four specialty programs:
- family nurse practitioner
- psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner
- health systems management
Graduates will have the competencies taught in their chosen specialty and, upon completion, will be eligible to take the appropriate national certification exams, if applicable. Students in the RN-to-MSN program take 14-18 credits of undergraduate nursing bridge courses and between 36-51 credits of graduate courses depending on choice of specialty.
Nursing N 201 Health Assessment Challenge RN-MSN
Shenandoah University’s School of Nursing offers to students admitted to the RN-MSN program the option to challenge the N 201 Health Assessment course for credit. Students may take and pass the Health Assessment NLN Standardized exam for advanced placement. Students will pay the examination fee of $75 to the Shenandoah University Business Office and must also meet the 30 credit residency required to graduate from Shenandoah University. Purpose: Evaluates understanding of the general health assessment and physical examination techniques used to evaluate the health status of adults and children. Reflects nurse-client encounters in a variety of healthcare setting, using a body systems approach for evaluation physical data-gathering techniques. Includes items on interviewing , obtaining health history, general screening, and documentation. Health status and developmental stages of clients are also considered. This examination is administered on site at the School of Nursing. For more information about the exam and to register, please contact the Administrative Assistant for Graduate Programs at (540)678-4374.