RN to M.S.

Our program allows current RNs without bachelor’s degrees to maximize both their experience and the credits they earned from previous nursing programs. Here, motivated and accomplished students transform their professional knowledge into careers as advanced practice nurses.

Students benefit from our tradition of academic excellence, supportive and renowned faculty, and new professional networks—comprising impressive peers, CSON’s nearly 10,000 dedicated alumni, and Boston College’s 177,000 graduates.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall enrollment – March 15 (Full-time students must apply for fall enrollment)
  • Spring enrollment – September 30

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Five nurse practitioner specialties help you identify your ideal career path and excel in your practice. RN to M.S. students may choose from adult-gerontology primary care, family health, pediatric primary care, psychiatric/mental health, and women’s health.

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Our Curriculum

Course   Course Title Credits
Elective Graduate level course that enhances the student’s program of study;
does not have to be a nursing course.
Electives should be approved by the advisor.
NURS 7415

Conceptual Basis for Advanced Practice Nursing

NURS 7416

Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing

NURS 7417

Role of Advanced Practice Nurses

NURS 7420 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span
NURS 7430 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span (Restricted)
NURS 7520 Research Methods for Advanced Practice Nursing
NURS 7524
NURS 7525 NURS 7426
Choose One
1. Elective (same criteria as other elective)
2. Master’s Research Practicum NURS 7524
3. Integrative Review of Nursing Research NURS 7525
4. PMH Students take NURS 7426 in lieu of this elective
NURS___ Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Life Span
XXXX* Advanced Specialty Theory I
Advanced Specialty Practice I 
XXXX* Advanced Specialty Theory II
Advanced Specialty Practice II

*XXXX–course numbers differ per specialty

Course Course Title Credits
NURS 4260  Community Nursing Theory 3
NURS 4261  Community Nursing Clinical Lab (scheduled based on space availability)  3
NURS 4263  Nsg. Synthesis Clinical Lab - #may be waived for experienced RNs at graduate dean’s discretion 3
NURS 3170 Principles of Evidence Based Nursing 2

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