RN to MS Option
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The RN to master's option enables registered nurses without a baccalaureate degree in nursing to obtain the MS degree, and prepares them for advanced practice nursing.
Our RN/MS students come from diverse backgrounds. They may possess a diploma in nursing, an associate degree in nursing, an associate or bachelor's degree in another field, or various course credits acquired over time. All applicants, however, must demonstrate completion of at least 110 course credits in total. Approximately 55 credits should be under the category of general education with the remaining credits accrued from specialty knowledge related to the nursing major. In addition, applicants must demonstrate leadership potential, motivation, interest in a specific clinical specialty, and an excellent academic record.
This option recognizes prior educational achievement and clinical experience. The School of Nursing makes every attempt to maximize credits earned in prior educational programs and to recognize clinical expertise. Students may earn academic credit by transfer of courses and enrollment in courses at Boston College. Students already possessing a non-nursing BS or BA degree will have their general education requirements waived.
Students are allowed up to five years to complete the option. The length of the baccalaureate prerequisite portion will vary with the educational and clinical background of the student. Students who successfully complete the baccalaureate equivalent courses and required examinations can progress to the regular master's program in their chosen specialty.
Students interested in this option should obtain all transcripts from all schools attended and meet with the associate director of student services, Maureen Eldredge, for a formal portfolio review.