Program Overview

The online RN to MSN degree program from Western Kentucky University is designed for licensed RNs who hold associate degrees in nursing and are interested in advancing their careers. As with the traditional MSN degree, the bridge program offers two distinct concentrations to suit students' personal interests and professional goals:

  • Nurse Educator
  • ​Nurse Administrator

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

    Requirements

    • RN-MSN program applicants must be a graduate of a CCNE or NLN accredited associate degree in nursing program and have earned the related baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
    • Hold unencumbered or have applied for RN licensure in Kentucky or compact state
    • 3 professional references
    • Professional resume or CV
    • A written goal statement
    • Official transcripts

    School Overview

    Western Kentucky University is a public university that is located on a 200-acre suburban campus in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Western Kentucky University was established in 1906 by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, although its roots go back a quarter-century earlier. WKU was originally established as one the states two original teacher training institutes, also known as normal schools. The original name of WKU was the Western Kentucky State Normal School. Western Kentucky’s mission “prepares students to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen leaders of a global society” and the institution focuses on “research, service, and lifelong learning opportunities."

    Today, WKU, and the school offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, as well as associate degrees and certificate programs from the following colleges:

    • College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
    • Gordon Ford College of Business
    • Ogden College of Science and Engineering
    • Potter College of Arts and Letters
    • University College
    • College of Health and Human Services

    In addition to on-campus coursework, Western Kentucky University has an online program that gives students the option of taking individual courses, or earning their degree entirely online. WKU’s online program offers 1,000 web courses each year, and over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs can be earned entirely online. Students can complete all of their general education requirements online.

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