Accelerate Your Career in the RN-BSN to MSN Program

Take a fast-track approach to your professional future by obtaining a BSN and credits toward a Master's in Nursing. In Carlow's accelerated nursing program, you may earn up to 12 master's nursing credits by the completion of your BSN degree. You will build upon your experience and skills as a working nurse to advance your career and strengthen your abilities as a nurse.

This fast-track nursing program requires 120 credits for graduation. Of this total, 30 credits are advanced standing for an RN license, 24 credits are in the nursing major, and 66 credits are in general education and liberal arts, including University core requirements. 

The accelerated program prepares academically qualified Carlow nursing majors to take a fast-track approach toward their professional future that includes graduate education and advanced practice roles. Students who qualify for this program may earn up to 12 master’s nursing credits by the completion of their BSN degree at Carlow University. Refer to the Department of Nursing RN-BSN Student Handbook for specific policies regarding admission into and progression across the RN-BSN to MSN accelerated program curriculum. 

  • MSN: Nurse Practitioner
    (Family/Individual Across Lifespan)
  • MSN: Nursing Concentration in Education and Leadership Online!
  • Dual Degree MSN in Education and Leadership/Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

RN-BSN to MSN Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must:

  • Have a current, valid, active, unrestricted license as a registered nurse in the state in which you are practicing.
  • Meet the University and clinical agency health requirements.
  • Achieve a cumulative grade point average of greater or equal to 3.0 while at Carlow.
  • Achieve a minimum grade of B-* in the accelerated MSN courses to continue in the accelerated program.

*If you obtain a passing grade below a B-, you may finish in the RN to BSN program (not continuing in the MSN); however, you may apply directly to the MSN program after earning your BSN degree. A grade below B- in an MSN course must be repeated if accepted into the MSN program.

A Registered Nursing License in the state where the nurse is currently practicing is required. An RN-BSN nursing major requires 120 credits for graduation. Of this total, 30 credits are advanced standing for RN license, 24 credits are in the nursing major, and 66 credits are in general education, support, and liberal arts, including University core requirements.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate nursing, LAI, and support courses must be completed before beginning accelerated MSN courses.