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					                         RN/MSN Degree Completion Sequence
                         Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
                         Clinical Nurse Leadership
                         Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health
                         Family Nurse Practitioner
                         Nursing Education
                         Oakland University, School of Nursing
                         444 O’Dowd Hall, Rochester MI 48309-4401
                         (248) 370-4253
                         www.oakland.edu/nursing
                         nrsinfo@oakland.edu

The RN/MSN program is selective and designed for high achieving Registered Nurses who want to pursue graduate education
after they complete the requirements for the BSN degree. Students who wish to enter the RN/MSN program are first admitted to
the RN/BSN program. The RN/BSN degree completion sequence at Oakland University recognizes the RN’s prior education and
experience. Courses are designed to add value to this base and to promote continued advancement in the nursing profession.
Once admitted to the RN/MSN program, students can take two graduate level courses, NRS 515 and NRS 516, and pay
undergraduate tuition rates. Before students can take NRS 515 and 516 they must request a change in program status from the
nursing program academic adviser and be admitted to the RN/MSN program. The request for a program transfer can be submitted
at any point after admission to the RN/BSN program when an applicant meets the minimum requirements for a program transfer.
NRS 515 and 516 replace NRS 355 and 450 in the RN/BSN program and graduate courses NRS 521 and 610 will be waived once
a student begins course work toward the MSN degree.

To receive approval for the change in status to the RN/MSN, program graduates from an Associate Degree in Nursing program
(ADN) must have achieved an ADN cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who do not have an ADN program GPA above
3.5 can request a change in status to the RN/MSN program after maintaining an OU undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better in 12
credits of required non-nursing and nursing courses in the RN/BSN program. These 12 credits must include NRS 310.

Oakland University School of Nursing offers all required BSN degree completion sequence, non-nursing, and general education
courses for RNs on-line. This allows registered nurses to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree with maximum
convenience, reduced travel to campus or other locations at significant savings by paying in-state (resident) tuition rates.

Early admission to MSN program: Once a student in the RN/MSN program attains undergraduate senior level status (minimum
of 91 credits) the student is able to formally apply for admission to one of the following graduate specialty tracks: Nursing
Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leadership, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health, or Adult/Gerontological
Nurse Practitioner. The nurse anesthesia program is not open to this early admission opportunity. With the exception of the BSN
degree, all other graduate level MSN admission requirements must be fully met for early admission status. When a student is
officially accepted into the MSN program, he/she will receive a graduate program Plan of Study outlining the course sequence to
complete the MSN program. Once the BSN degree is posted, the BSN graduate who has been granted early MSN admission status
officially becomes a graduate student and is subject to graduate tuition rates and SON graduate level policies. Information about
OU SON graduate programs can be obtained by going to http://www4.oakland.edu/?id=5029&sid=166

REQUIRED NURSING COURSES FOR THE RN/MSN DEGREE COMPLETION SEQUENCE
A total of 125 credits including transfer credits are required for the BSN. NRS 310 is taken as the first nursing course and NRS
475 is taken as the last nursing course in the RN/BSN sequence. Go to http://www4.oakland.edu/?id=4604&sid=166 for complete
information about the RN/BSN program. The required nursing courses for the RN/MSN program include:

      NRS 221 Nursing Informatics                                                                                    (2)
      This course involves the application of healthcare informatics’ topics, tools, and techniques appropriate to professional
      nursing practice.

      NRS 310 Conceptual Foundations of Nursing Practice                                                              (4)
      This course examines the conceptual foundations for professional nursing practice.
      PREREQUISITE: Admission to RN/BSN degree completion sequence.



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  NRS 340 Health Promotion in the Community                                                                     (4)
  This course focuses on the development of nursing interventions for health promotion with diverse client populations across
  the lifespan.
  PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: NRS 310.

  NRS 516 Health Policy, Finance, and Nursing Management                                                      (3)
  Outcomes, reimbursement, consumer expectations and quality standards and their impact on advanced nursing practice in
  managing and delegating patient care will be explored. Health care policy and finance is explored in relation to
  government, reimbursement, quality, systems, consumers and professional and advanced nursing practice levels. Replaces
  NRS 355 in R.N.-M.S.N. program.
  PREREQUISITE: NRS 310 and admission to R.N.-M.S.N. program.

  NRS 426 Community Nursing                                                                                                                (4)
  This course focuses on the professional nurse’s role in the community.
  PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: NRS 310.

  NRS 515 Vulnerable Populations and Social Issues                                                                   (4)
  This course will focus on the concept of vulnerability and the role of nursing in meeting the health care needs of vulnerable
  populations. Developmental, social, cultural, racial, socioeconomic, political, and health care issues that predispose people
  to vulnerability, outcomes of vulnerability, and the cycle or vulnerability will be emphasized.
  PREREQUISITE: NRS 310 and admission to R.N.-MSN Program. Replaces NRS 450 in R.N.-B.S.N program

  NRS 452 Research Basis of Nursing Practice                                                                      (3)
  This course focuses on the research process and evidence-based practice as they relate to professional nursing.
  Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in the major. Prerequisite for writing
  intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: NRS 310.

  NRS 474 Nursing Synthesis                                                                                                                (4)
  This course analyzes issues impacting health care delivery and professional nursing practice.
  PREREQUISITE: NRS 310.
  PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: NRS 340, 355, 426, 450, 452

  NRS 475 Nursing Synthesis Clinical                                                                         (4)
  This course is the capstone clinical experience for the nursing curriculum. Satisfies the university general education
  requirement for the capstone experience.
  PREREQUISITE: NRS 310
  PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: NRS 340, 355, 426, 450, 452

  NRS 475 is the only clinical course requirement. It complements the last nursing course, Nursing Synthesis (NRS 474). Clinical assignments will be
  geared toward the community. The course is organized as a series of related written assignments, called deliverables, which are due on specified dates.
  The nature and due dates for each assignment is posted on the course web site. It is estimated that at least 168 clock hours will be required to complete
  all the assignments. Students can schedule interviews/visits/appointments necessary for the assignment at their own convenience. NRS 475 is a 4
  credit course. Students may take all 4 credits of NRS 475 in one semester or 2 credits each for a total of 4 credits in consecutive semesters.

Classes can be cancelled without notice if enrollment does not meet minimum number established for undergraduate courses
(10 students).

NURSING ASSESSMENT SKILLS
An undergraduate physical assessment course is required for admission to any OU SON MSN program that requires NRS
613: Advanced Health Assessment. Undergraduate nursing assessment skills must be validated before registering for NRS
613 using one of the following methods.
1. Completion of an undergraduate physical assessment course equivalent to Oakland University School of Nursing course,
    NRS 209. The course grade must be 2.5 (C) or higher.
OR
2. Permission of course instructor after demonstrating a proficient adult history and physical exam according to the
    University’s NRS 209 Health Assessment guidelines. This needs to be completed by June 1 prior to taking NRS 613
    Fall semester.
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HOW DO I APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO THE RN/MSN PROGRAM?

This is a two step process:
STEP 1. Students must first be admitted to the RN/BSN program. Information about the RN/BSN program can be found on the
SON website at http://www4.oakland.edu/?id=4604&sid=166 Admission requirements for the current RN/B.S.N program
include:

     1. Satisfactory completion of a Diploma or Associate Degree program in Nursing
     2. A valid R.N. license
     3. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in Associate Degree or Diploma program

STEP 2. Request a change in program status from the RN/BSN program to the RN/MSN program. Approval is selective and a
student must meet the following requirements:

     1. Graduates from an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program must have achieved an ADN cumulative GPA of 3.5 or
        higher.
     2. Students who do not have an ADN program GPA of 3.5 or higher can request a change in status to the RN/MSN program
        after maintaining an OU undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better in 12 credits of non-nursing and nursing courses required for
        the RN/BSN program (including NRS 310).

Early admission to MSN program: Once a student in the RN/MSN program attains undergraduate senior level status (minimum
of 91 credits) the student is able to formally apply for admission to the Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical
Nurse Leadership, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health or Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner program. The nurse
anesthesia program is not open for this early admission opportunity. With the exception of the BSN degree, all other graduate
level admission requirements must be fully met for early admission status. When students are officially accepted into the MSN
program, they will receive a graduate program Plan of Study outlining the course sequence to complete the MSN program. Once
the BSN degree is posted, the BSN graduate who has been given early MSN admission status officially becomes a graduate
student, and is subject to graduate tuition rates and SON graduate level policies.

Admission Requirements to MSN Programs:
    Compliance with Oakland University graduate study admission requirements.
    Completion of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from an institution accredited by the National League for
       Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of
       3.0 or above.
    Satisfactory achievement on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (for applicants with undergraduate GPA’s of 3.5
       or greater, the GRE is not required).
    Eligible for a current Registered Nurse license in the state of Michigan.
    Have at least one year clinical experience prior to starting MSN clinical courses and have completed an undergraduate
       physical assessment course.

  Required Admission Materials for Admission to the MSN Programs:
    An application for admission to graduate study submitted via the Office of Graduate Admissions website –
       www.oakland.edu/grad. There are no application fees to Oakland University
    Official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate course work.
    Two recommendations from professionals who are able to attest to the applicant’s ability.
    Official Graduate Record Examination results for those applicants whose undergraduate GPA’s are less
       than 3.5. If GRE results are necessary but not available, the applicant maybe admitted under Special Graduate status
       pending test scores.
    A School of Nursing Supplemental Application and a goals statement of 500 to 1,000 words. The goals statement should
       focus on recent clinical experience, how a master’s degree will enhance professional development, and career goals after
       completion of the program. The goals statement will be evaluated on content and appropriate use of grammar, spelling
       and rhetoric.
    Individual interview with a School of Nursing faculty will be scheduled after admission materials have been submitted.

All data in this document reflect information as it was available at the publication date. School of Nursing and Oakland University reserve the right to
revise all information contained in the publication at its discretion and to make reasonable changes in requirements to improve or upgrade academic
and non-academic programs.

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