Registered Nurses with an associate's degree in nursing and a non-nursing bachelor's degree may pursue a master's degree in nursing at Bethel through the RN to M.S. Bridge Program. Students in this program must complete select nursing undergraduate courses prior to beginning the M.S. program. The required undergraduate coursework can be completed in two to three semesters (including summer), after which time, the student can enter the graduate program. The bachelor degree must contain a minimum of 122 credits, which includes 21 credits taken in the Bridge Program and elective credits transferred from prior degrees and institutions. The Master of Science degree will contain 41 additional credits. Upon successful completion of these undergraduate requirements and the M.S. program, the student will earn both a B.S.N. and the M.S. degree. The B.S.N. earned through the Bridge Program does not qualify for Degree Honors or Commencement Ceremony Honors. Neither degree will be awarded without completion of all requirements for both degrees.
|Required Undergraduate Courses|
|CORE 300||Community, Self and Formation: Ancient and Contemporary Narratives 1||3|
|CORE 330||Examining Crucial Questions 1||3|
|NURS 400||Public Health Nursing 1||3|
|NURS 401||Public Health Nursing Clinical 1||3|
|NURS 485||Leadership in Nursing 1||3|
|NURS 486||Management in Nursing 1||3|
|NURS 495||Clinical Care Change Project 1||3|
|Undergraduate Course Total||21|
|M.S. Courses (as detailed in Graduate School catalog) and Elective Courses 2||101|
Course must be taken for credit at Bethel.
Elective credits include credits transferred from prior degrees and institutions.
RN to M.S. - Bridge Program Admission Requirements
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the M.S. in Nurse-Midwifery outlined below:
- Meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School.
- Submit an official transcript (U.S. schools) or NACES or AICE evaluation (international schools) showing an earned baccalaureate degree and official transcripts or NACES or AICE evaluations from all graduate schools attended. Applicants must also submit an official transcript or NACES or AICE evaluation from any school that shows completion of any nursing program coursework or required program prerequisites.
- Have earned a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited (or internationally recognized as equivalent) institution. Registered nurses with non-nursing baccalaureate or higher degrees who apply will be considered on an individual basis, and additional prerequisite course requirements apply as well as an earlier application deadline.
- Have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale on the highest degree completed.
- Have successfully completed a college level prerequisite course in statistics. Inferential statistics content is recommended. The course must have earned at least two semester credits from a regionally accredited (or internationally recognized as equivalent) institution and may have been taken at the undergraduate or graduate level.
- TOEFL examination score report is required of all international applicants and all applicants whose primary language is not English. A minimum score of 84 on the internet-based test or 26 on the speaking test is required.
- Submit one professional and one supervisor Admission Reference.
- Submit a Miller Analogies Test score report with a minimum score of 400 (taken within the last three years) or a GRE score report (taken within the last three years); GRE score benchmarks are 149, 149, and 3.6.
- Submit a written Statement of Purpose.
- Provide proof of health insurance.
- Submit a copy of current registered nurse license. Must be licensed in the state in which practicum experiences will occur.
- Submit a resume that includes prior education and work experience. Required- one year clinical experience; Labor and Delivery or Women’s Health suggested.
- Interview with program faculty or enrollment counselor.
- After admission into the program students will be required to submit:
- Completed Nursing Student Immunization Record.
- Documentation of a 2-step Mantoux and a current negative Mantoux/chest X-ray.
- Copy of current CPR certification.
Students who have not achieved the minimum GPA, grade standards, or other assessment criteria may still apply to be considered for provisional acceptance. See Admission Categories.