RN to MSN Pathway

Nursing students study in Schewel HallThe RN to MSN Pathway program is an alternative entry to the Master of Science degree for registered nurses who have not completed a bachelor's degree in nursing. The program is the first in Central Virginia.

MSN courses are taught online to provide flexibility to working professionals. Selected summer courses are also offered.

Cohort opportunities with tuition support are available for groups of 8 or more students who begin the program together in the same term.

Choose from one of the 2 tracks: Clinical Nurse Leader and Nursing Education.

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  • You must have a current unrestricted registered nurse license in the United States and 2 years of nursing experience
  • You must meet requirements for Lynchburg College's MSN program
  • If you have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing discipline, you must complete 4 online bridge courses
  • If you have a diploma or associate degree, you must have a minimum of 57 credit hours, including 9 hours of online bridge courses
  • GRE is waived for those with 2 or more years nursing experience

Program Highlights:

  • MSN courses are taught online to provide flexibility to working professionals
  • Selected summer courses are available


The categories below will help you determine which prerequisite courses you may need to take. A full academic evaluation will be completed for you once we receive your transcripts.

Science Courses

All students must fulfill these required courses:

Anatomy & Physiology I
Anatomy & Physiology II
Developmental Psychology
General Chemistry

General Studies

If you have not completed a bachelor's degree, you may have to take general studies courses:

English I and II (6 cr. hrs.)
History/Western Civilization (3 cr. hrs.)
Social Science (3 cr. hrs.)
Humanities (6 cr. hrs.)
Ethics / Philosophy (3 cr. hrs.)
Fine Arts (3 cr. hrs.)
Language / Culture 3 cr. hrs.)

Bridge Courses

If you have completed a bachelor's degree, you may already have fulfilled the general studies requirements. The bridge courses lead into the RN to MSN coursework:

Course Session Instructor Credit hours Dates 2014
NRSG 440A Health Assessment 1 Kim Ayscue 2 8/21-9/18 Online
NRSG 442A Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice 2 Ellen Deluca 2 9/19-10/17 Online
NRSG 446A Community and Public Health 3 Nancy Overstreet 3 10/20-11/17 Online
NRSG 448A Nursing Leadership 4 Ellen Deluca 2 11/18-12/16 Online

Future bridge course sequences are planned to begin in April and August of 2014. The four required courses listed above will be presented in three-week sessions during each sequence.

For additional information, contact:

Dr. Nancy Overstreet
Program Director, Master of Science in Nursing
Assistant Professor of Nursing


Lynchburg College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the baccalaureate, master, and doctorate level degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lynchburg College. All other inquiries about the college should be directed to Lynchburg College, 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501-3113, 434.544.8100, not the Commission. For questions about accreditation for the nursing program, contact the Virginia Board of Nursing, 9960 Maryland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, VA 23233, 804.367.4515, www.dhp.state.va.us/nursing/nursing_edprogs.htm or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.785.8320, www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs.