Frequently Asked Questions - Nursing

What program options does Lynchburg College offer in the area of nursing?

There are four unique programs that students can pursue as nurses or future nurses. First, we offer the four year baccalaureate bachelor's degree in nursing. Second, we offer undergraduate transfer options for individuals who are coming to Lynchburg College for initial training in nursing. Third, we now offer the RN>MSN program for individuals who are already registered nurses but do not have the bachelor's degree in nursing. Fourth, for those who already have their bachelor's degree in nursing, we have the MSN program with emphases in clinical nurse leader and nursing education.

Note: The information below focuses on our MSN and RN>MSN programs, rather than the baccalaureate programs in nursing.

How does the RN>MSN program work and for whom has it been designed?

Professional registered nurses who completed a diploma program, an associate's degree, or a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing can enter this program without having to complete the bachelor's degree. Individuals will complete a series of prerequisite courses (many of which will already have been taken) and then four bridge classes to provide the transition into the Master’s program. Then, RN>MSN students will choose from the MSN clinical nurse leader or nursing education tracks.

Are the RN>MSN Bridge courses and the MSN courses available online?

Yes, all of the transition/bridge courses (nine semester credits) and the graduate courses in the MSN program are available online.

I do not have a bachelor's degree and am interested in RN>MSN program. When will the bridge/transition courses be offered?

We plan to offer these courses online for the first time in 2013. They will be designed so that students can complete the designated courses prior to beginning their graduate coursework in the MSN program.

What are the requirements for the MSN program?

Both the clinical nurse leader and the nursing education program required 37 semester credits of graduate work. The total of 37 hours is applicable to individuals who enter having completed the bachelors of science in nursing as well as to those individuals who enter through the RN>MSN work (and who have already completed the bridge coursework).

How can I learn more about the MSN program requirements?

For information on the requirements for both the clinical nurse leader and nursing education program, visit the Master of Science in Nursing page.

How do I apply for the graduate program?

If you already have your bachelors of science in nursing degree, you will apply directly for the MSN program. You may apply online.

After I apply, what else is required to complete my application?

All students applying for graduate studies in nursing should submit all official transcripts from undergraduate work, three letters of professional recommendation, a copy of their nursing license, and a career goals statement. The GRE is waived for professional nurses who have a minimum of two years of nursing experience.

Who is the program director for the MSN and RN>MSN programs and how can I contact her?

The program director is Dr. Jean St. Clair and she can be reached at 434.544.8740 or stclair.j@lynchburg.edu.

How can I find out more information on the status of my application?

You may contact the graduate studies office at 434.544.8383 or gradstudies@lynchburg.edu.

Are there opportunities for cohort programs as part of the graduate nursing program?

Yes, we are developing cohort programs for hospitals, medical agencies, and so forth. For further information, please contact Dr. Nancy Overstreet (434.544.8340; overstreet.n@lynchburg.edu) , Dean Paula Lichiello (434.544.8464; lichiello@lynchburg.edu) or Dean Ed Polloway (434.544.8633; polloway@lynchburg.edu).