Registered Nurse to Master of
Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)
Brenau University's Registered Nurse to Master of Science in nursing (RN to MSN) program prepares students for the
complexities of health care in the 21st century by weaving theory, research, advanced specialization courses and real world
experiences into unique and challenging degree programs. You have a choice of three RN to MSN concentrations including
Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator and Nurse Leader/Manager. Moreover, Brenau has both standard and
accelerated RN to MSN programs. Applications for the standard program are due by March 1 of each year. Completed
applications for the accelerated program are due by March 1 of each year.
Standard RN to MSN Degree Program. The standard RN to MSN degree program is a three or four year program depending
on your choice of concentration. The program begins in August of each year. The first year is devoted to undergraduate
studies, and all classes are taught online. Subsequent years focus on graduate courses taught in “hybrid” form. Classes are
held one Saturday per month on the Brenau University North Atlanta campus in Norcross, Georgia. Interim teaching-
learning is accomplished via web-enhanced (distance) modalities.
Accelerated RN to MSN Degree Program. The accelerated RN to MSN program is a two year and one semester or three
year and one semester program depending on your choice of concentration. The program begins in May of each year. The
first semester of classes is devoted to undergraduate study. Subsequent years of the program are focused on graduate
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
The MSN-FNP track is designed to prepare students to receive national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and
receive state licensure as an advanced practice nurse. As an FNP, graduates of this program of study will be qualified to be
the healthcare provider for families and individuals of all ages. Graduates will be prepared to practice in a variety of
primary health care settings and become a vital force in making quality healthcare available to all people. The standard FNP
degree program requires 31 undergraduate hours and 44 graduate hours. The undergraduate credits are earned on a full-
time basis over one calendar year and the graduate credits are earned on a part-time basis over the course of three years.
Nursing Leadership and Management
The Nursing Leadership and Management track is a unique collaboration between the Departments of Nursing and Business
Administration and is designed to prepare nurses to assume leadership and management roles in healthcare settings. The
curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration equipping students with business and management knowledge and
skills as well as advanced preparation in nursing theory, research and the management of patient aggregates. Evidence
based practice; designed to improve patient outcomes is emphasized. The standard Nursing Leadership and Management
program requires 31 undergraduate hours and 36 graduate hours. The undergraduate credits are earned on a full-time
basis over one calendar year and the graduate credits are earned on a part-time basis over the course of three years.
The Nursing Education track is designed to prepare nurses with advanced clinical nursing knowledge as well as education
knowledge and skills. Students will have advanced preparation in nursing theory, research, pathophysiology, physical
assessment, pharmacology and at least one clinical specialty. Graduates will be prepared with the knowledge and skills to
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teach nursing in the classroom, the clinical setting and online. This course of study is designed to prepare students for
matriculation into a PhD program in nursing. The standard Nursing Education program requires 37 undergraduate hours
and 35 graduate hours. The undergraduate credits are earned on a full-time basis over one calendar year and the graduate
credits are earned on a part-time basis over the course of three years.
About Our Faculty
The faculty in the School of Health and Science combine a love of teaching with a wealth of firsthand experience in the
subjects they teach. The faculty includes practicing nurses who are doctorally prepared Registered Nurses, many holding
Advanced Practice Licensure, and Certification in various nursing specialties such as Nursing Education, Women’s Health,
Pediatric Nursing, Community Health Nursing and Mental Health Nursing who choose to teach at Brenau because they love
the interaction with students. Our faculty members are truly practitioner scholars.
General Application Instructions
Thank you for your interest in Brenau University. To apply for admission to our RN to MSN degree program, please
complete the following steps:
1. Fill out the Brenau University standard online graduate application at www.brenau.edu/appy.
2. Request Official Transcripts from all previous institutions and have them sent directly to the Office of Graduate
Admissions; 500 Washington Street SE, Gainesville, GA 30501.
3. Complete the Brenau University RN to MSN Supplemental Application in its entirety. The RN to MSN Supplemental
Application is located on the forms page of the Brenau University website.
4. Obtain two (2) references from individuals who can comment on your clinical and/or academic ability.
5. The standard RN to MSN program minimum cumulative GPA requirement – 3.0.
6. The accelerated RN to MSN program minimum cumulative GPA requirement – 3.5
7. For admission into either the standard RN to MSN or the accelerated RN to MSN, all undergraduate core requirements
must be complete. See the Brenau University catalog for those requirements.
8. The standard RN to MSN program begins in August of each year. Applications are due by March 1 of each year.
9. The accelerated RN to MSN program begins in May of each year. Applications are due by March 1 of each year.
Brenau University’s 2011-2012 standard RN to MSN degree program tuition is calculated at $518 per credit for the first year
and $540 per credit thereafter. The accelerated RN to MSN degree program is calculated at $540 per credit hour.
Financial Aid Procedures
It is best to begin the financial aid process as soon as you apply for admission.
To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the web at
www.fafsa.ed.gov and list Brenau University as a recipient (Brenau's federal school code # 001556). If you are
completing the FAFSA on the web for the first time, we recommend that you (and a parent if you are a dependent
student) apply for a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov prior to completing the FAFSA. With a PIN, you are able to
electronically sign your application, make corrections after submitting the application, review your processed
application data, and add other institutions to receive your application results. If you prefer to complete a paper
FAFSA download one at www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov. Just click on FAFSA Filing Options.
After you are admitted, the financial aid office will review your FAFSA information and make a financial aid award.
For more information, please contact the Brenau Financial Aid Office at email@example.com.
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