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Nursing (MSN) - RN-MSN with Non-Nursing Baccalaureate

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RN to MSN Pathway (47-68 Credit Hours)

Master of Science with Clinical Concentrations (14-21 Courses, 47-68 Hours)

  1. RN-BSN Bridge Courses (4 Courses, 14 Credit hours)

  2. Support Courses (2 Courses, 6 Credit hours)

  3. MSN/DNP Core Courses (4 Courses, 12 Credit hours)

  4. Clinical Concentrations (4 -11 Courses, 15-36 Credit hours) 

Master of Science in Nursing with Non-Clinical Concentrations (16 Courses, 51 Credit Hours)

  1. RN-BSN Bridge Courses (4 Courses, 14 Credit hours)

  2. Core Courses (4 Courses, 12 Credit hours)

  3. Non-clinical Concentration (8 Courses, 25 Credit hours)

Course Requirements

RN-MSN Bridge Courses (4 Courses, 14 Credit Hours)
  1. 14 hours:  NU 450, NU 452, NU 404, NU 518

Support Courses (2 Courses, 6 Credit Hours)
  1. 6 Credit hours:  NU 545, NU 578

MSN/DNP Core Courses (4 Courses, 12 Credit Hours)
  1. 12 Credit hours:  NU 607, NU 608, NU 610, NU 613
Clinical Concentrations (4-11 Courses, 15-36 Credit Hours)
  1. 24  Credit hours: Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner:  AHN 568, AHN 571, AHN 572, AHN 573, AHN 574, AHN 575, AHN 576, AHN 577

  2. 24 Credit hours:  Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner:  AHN 581, AHN 588, AHN 591, AHN 592, AHN 593, AHN 594, AHN 595, HSC 601, HSC 602, HSC 603

  3. 17 Credit hours:  Adult-Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist:  NU 515, NU 516, NU 517, AHN 516, AHN 517, AHN 518, Elective NU 519

  4. 15 Credit hours:  Clinical Nurse Leader:  NU 535, NU 536, NU 537, NU 538

  5. 36 Credit hours: Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP): AHN 538, AHN 548, AHN 549, AHN 550, AHN 551, AHN 552, AHN 553, AHN 554, AHN 555

  6. 36 Credit hours:  Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP): NU 580, NU 581, NU 582, NU 583, NU 584, NU 585, NU 586, NU 587, NU 588

  7. 24 Credit hours:  Family Nurse Practitioner:  CMN 568, CMN 571, CMN 572, CMN 573, CMN 574, CMN 575, CMN 576 CMN 577

  8. 24 Credit hours:  Neonatal Nursing Practitioner: MCN 568, MCN 571, MCN 572, MCN 573, MCN 574, MCN 575, MCN 576, MCN 577

  9. 24 Credit hours:  Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner:  MCN 558, MCN 562, MCN 563, MCN 564, MCN 565, MCN 566, MCN 567, MCN 571

  10. 24 hours:  Pediatric Care Nurse Practitioner: MCN 548, MCN 551, MCN 552, MCN 553, MCN 554, MCN 55, MCN 556, MCN 557

  11. 24 Credit hours:  Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner: CMN 548, CMN 551, CMN 552, CMN 553, CMN 554, CMN 555, CMN 556, CMN 557

  12. 24 Credit hours:  Women's Health Nurse Practitioner: MCN 538, MCN 541, MCN 542, MCN 543, MCN 544, MCN 545, MCN 546, MCN 547 

Non-Clinical Concentrations (8 Courses, 25 Credit Hours)

  1.  25 Credit hours:  Executive Nursing Administration:  HSC 571, NU 539, NU 561, NU 553, NU 554, NU 565, NU 566, NU 567, NU 568

  2. 25 Credit hours:  Nursing Informatics:  ISC 550, ISC 555, NU 556, NU 557, NU 558NU 559, NU 553, NU 554, NU 565 
Subspecialties (8-11 Credit Hours)
  1. 11 Credit hours:  Addictions Nursing: HSC 580, HSC 581, HSC 582, NU 510, NU 511, NU 512  May be added to any concentration.

  2. 9 Credit hours:  Advanced Forensic Nursing:  NU 500, NU 501, NU 502, NU 503, NU 504, NU 505  May be added to any concentration.

  3. 8 Credit hours:  Cardiovascular:  AHN 630, AHN 631, AHN 632, AHN 633  May be added to Adult-Geron Primary Care NP, Adult-Geron Acute NP, Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Geron Acute Care NP), and Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP).

  4. 8 Credit hours:  Clinical Lipidology:  HSC 595, HSC 596, HSC 597, HSC 598  May be added to Adult-Geron Primary Care NP,  Adult-Geron Acute NP, Adult-Geron CNS, Family NP, Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Geron Acute NP), Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP), and Women's Health NP.

  5. 15 Credit hours:  Emergency Nurse Practitioner: NU 570, NU 571, NU 572, NU 573, U 574, NU 575, NU 576, NU 577 May be added to Family NP, Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Geron Acute Care NP), Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP) or taken as a post Graduate Certificate if already Family NP certified;

  6. 11 Credit hours:  Nurse Educator: NU 620, NU 621, NU 622, NU 623 May be added to any concentration.

  7. 9 Credit hours:  Palliative Care: AHN 531, AHN 532, AHN 533 May be added to Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Adult-Geron Acute NP, Adult-Geron CNS, Family NP, and Women's Health NP.

Elective Courses - (1-3 Credit Hours)
  1. 1 Credit hour: NU 509

  2. 3 Credit hours:  NU 597 

Additional Information 


This pathway is available to persons who are registered nurses and have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in a discipline other than nursing.

Admission Criteria

  1. Graduate of an approved regionally accredited Associate Degree program with a major in nursing.
  2. Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary, disciplinary, alternative program, cannot be admitted.
  3. A minimal grade-point average of 2.75 on all undergraduate work (A=4.00).
  4. Submission of a résumé which documents clinical experience. Prior to enrolling in a nurse practitioner clinical course, students are required to have at least 2 years of experience in an area appropriate to the specialty.
  5. Submission of Health Data Forms and evidence of health insurance required upon admission.
  6. Admission will be contingent on a negative drug screen and results of an acceptable background check.

Application Procedures

Admission to the program is limited and selective. Application forms and other information may be obtained from the College of Nursing's website at or by contacting the college directly at College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688;; Telephone: (251) 445-9400.

To be considered for admission to the RN-MSN program, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States of America.
  2. Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted.
  3. Completion of Primary and Supplemental Applications:
    1. Primary Application submitted through Nursing Centralized Application System (NursingCAS) at Official transcripts of all college and university studies, regardless of the outcome of enrollment, must be sent directly from the home institution to the NursingCAS. These documents become the property of the NursingCAS and will not be returned to the applicant. Applicants are responsible for any fees required by NursingCAS for their services.
    2. Supplemental Application submitted directly to the USA Admission Office at the USA College of Nursing. This application requires a non-refundable processing fee of $100.00, a Personal Goal Statement, and a résumé /CV documenting clinical experience.
  4. Students are admitted to a specialty track and may not change their track without permission.
  5. Students must be in good standing with all academic institutions/nursing programs that they have attended in order to be admitted to the program.
  6. All degrees must be from regionally accredited institutions.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted year round, and must adhere to the following application deadlines:

  • Fall Semester Deadline is February 15
  • Spring Semester Deadline is July 15
  • Summer Semester Deadline is November 15

Provisional Acceptance Progression Requirements

The following nursing courses must be completed with a GPA of at least 2.75 prior to enrolling in graduate nursing specialty courses: NU 404, NU 450, and NU 452. Students who have earned a GPA of less than 2.5 will be academically dismissed from the Graduate School. Students in the RN to MSN track follow the same progression as students in the regular MSN program.

Academic Progression Policy

A maximum of two (2) courses with a grade "C" can be counted towards a degree; however, only one (1) "C" is permitted in support or specialization courses. If a second "C" or lower is earned in a support or specialization course, the course in which the second "C" or lower is obtained, must be repeated. If a second “C” or lower is earned in a support or specialization course, the course in which the second “C” or lower is obtained must be repeated before a student may move forward with a specialty course. All corresponding specialty clinical and didactic courses must be taken in sequence. Any combination of three (3) courses with grades of "C" or less (C, U, F), including "C" grades which have been repeated, will result in academic dismissal from the graduate program. Two courses with a grade "F" will result in academic dismissal from the graduate program. Failure to comply with legal, moral, and legislative standards required for licensure to practice as a registered nurse merits immediate dismissal from the program.  If a student's progression is interrupted for any reason, it is the student's responsibility to contact the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Because of limited space in the advanced clinical courses, any alteration in progression may lengthen the student's program.

Graduation Requirements

The MSN program must be completed within 5 years of matriculation. MSN students who will complete all degree requirements are required to apply for graduation by the application deadline established by the Registrar’s Office.  Deadlines for each semester application are located on the Registrar’s website at


College of Nursing Administrative Staff (251) 445-9400
Dean Heather Hall
Associate Dean for Research Faculty Development, and Evaluation Sharon Fruh
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Katherine Bydalek
Assistant Dean Academic Affairs  Leigh Minchew
Director of the DNP Program Casey Elkins
Director of Special Projects & Evaluation Rebecca Graves
Professors L. Chilton,  C.. Dolan, S. Fruh, J. Gunn, H. Hall, J. Harris,  E. VandeWaa, J. Varner
Associate Professors K. Bydalek,  C. Elkins, K. Hamilton, T. Harlan, T. Huey, P. Johnson, S. Lawrence, A. Marass, K. McCoy, T. McMullan, L. Minchew, C. Myers, M. Nadler, J. Pittman, B. Riley, D. Swanzy, T. Wright
Assistant Professors A. Adams, J. Anderson, M. Baker, C. Baughn, E. Bentley, M. Bolton, A. Bowan, H. Breazeale, C. Butler,  A. A. Campbell, A. Calvert Campbell, C. Cheese, K. Cheshire, N. Clark, D. Copeland, N. Curtis, L. Dailey, A. Davis, W. Davis, A. Gilligan, R. Graves, M. Guy, L. Hammonds, S. Harlan, S. Harris, H. Horton, T. Huey, P. Huffman,  C. Jackson, P. Johnson,  L. Jones, K. Jordan,  M. Korn, B. Lang, A. Lewis, C. Lewis, J. Lollar, C. Lynch,  J. Miller, T. McMurtrey, T. Meyer, K. Miller, S. Montgomery, E. Moore, J. A. Otts, K. Pancione, T. Platt, W. Powell, D. Reed, S. Scott, J. Sellers,  T. Sikes-Doggett, K. Stauter, W. Stuart, T. Sturm, R. Thomas,  C. Thompson-Ferrell, M. Thread, A. Townsend, N. Turnham, N. Walls,  S. G. Williams, A. Younce
Research Assistant Professors Candice Selwyn
Senior Instructors S. Bertolla, C. Herf, M. Meyer
Instructors B. Baker,  T. Brown,  J. Cockrell,  K. Cooper, L. Emley, A. Holley, D. Hutto, S. James, R. Johnson, s. McMicken, B. Mosley, K. Norris, C. Pierce, L. Speirs, E. Rimmer,  C. Taylor,  S. Waweru, B. Woodmansee
Department Chair, Adult Health Nursing Theresa Wright
Department Chair, Community/Mental Health Nursing Todd Harlan
Department Chair, Maternal/Child Health Nursing Leigh Minchew
Director, Academic Advising Mary Phillips
Academic Advisors Jennifer Bouvier,  Katelyn Foster, Leigh Holland, Camry McCants, Brenda Mosley,  Kristyn Seawell, Suzan Williams
Academic Records Specialists Lisa Brock, Kristen Dykes
Clinical Placement Advising and Assessment Coordinator Kimberly McLean-Mundy
Clinical Affiliation Coordinators Elizabeth Collier, Shari Lord, Yolanda Mack

College of Nursing website

The College of Nursing is dedicated to the education of professional nurses who provide the highest quality health care to the communities they serve. The practice of nursing is both an art and a science; the focus of nursing is the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems.

The College of Nursing has two locations, one is on the USA main campus, and the other is on the USA Baldwin County campus in downtown Fairhope. The resources of the University, the USA Hospitals and clinics, and the numerous clinical agencies provide excellent opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge and skills essential for professional nursing.


The mission of the College of Nursing is to provide quality innovative educational programs to a diverse student body, to participate in research and scholarly activities, and to provide service to the University, the profession, and the public. The College accomplishes this by providing a caring, engaging environment for the empowerment of student learning potential, the professional development of faculty, and the promotion of the nursing profession.


  1. Cultivate a caring, innovative, and engaging environment to facilitate teaching, learning, scholarship, and service.
  2. Deliver innovative quality nursing programs that meet the needs of a diverse student body and other communities of interest.
  3. Promote the discovery, communication, and preservation of knowledge through scholarly activities and leadership.
  4. Provide service to the University, the profession, and the public.
  5. Develop community partnerships to promote nursing and the enhancement of the health care delivery system using interprofessional approaches.


The baccalaureate program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing and the baccalaureate, master's program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education:

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Student Responsibility

While the University of South Alabama will endeavor to provide timely and accurate advisement, it is the responsibility of the student to know and satisfy the degree requirements of the academic program, to be aware of the University calendar, and to understand and comply with University academic policies and procedures.

Degrees Offered

The College of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

Certificates Offered

Post-Graduate Certificates are awarded to students completing planned programs of study in a nursing specialty area and subspecialty areas.