RN to MSN Pathway
The 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.
- You must have a current Virginia RN licensure 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
- No GRE is required
- MSN courses will be taught in hybrid format combining online and classroom experiences to provide flexibility to working professionals
- LC nursing professors will teach the classroom component on site at hospitals that form a cohort of at least 10 students
- 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.
All students must fulfill these required courses:
Anatomy & Physiology I
Anatomy & Physiology II
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.)
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:
NRSG 440 Health Assessment
NRSG 442 Research and Evidence Based Practice
NRSG 446 Community and Public Health
NRSG 448 Leadership and Ethics
For additional information, contact:
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.