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ADN to MS in Nursing Bridge Program (Family Nurse Practitioner Track)

Program Overview

Do you have an associate’s degree in nursing? Have you considered growing professionally and working more collaboratively with physicians as a family nurse practitioner? If you have, the Associate’s Degree in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing Bridge (FNP) program at MCPHS Online might be a great fit for you. This part-time program is designed to provide an entry option to the graduate Family Nurse Practitioner program for nurses holding an associate’s degree. The bridge program allows qualified students to move seamlessly into graduate-level coursework through the bridge program—no bachelor’s degree required!

Innovative Programs

The bridge portion of the ADN to MS in Nursing Bridge program allows students to complete 100% of their bridge coursework online. Each student will complete two courses per semester for one year (fall, spring, and summer sessions). Some online coursework may require participation by live web conferencing. Dates will be announced well in advance so that you can plan accordingly. Students must complete a 45-hour health assessment practicum and a 45-hour community nursing clinical rotation. These experiential requirements can be completed in your respective community with the approval of the course faculty.

Mandatory Orientation

This program holds a mandatory orientation for new students in May prior to the start of classes. These dates are announced well in advance and students are expected to attend and participate in every day of orientation for its entirety. The College’s offer of admission will be rescinded if the student fails to attend and participate in the full orientation.

Matriculation into MSN Program

Students are eligible for admission upon completion of the six MCPHS Online bridge courses (20 credits) prior to a student’s matriculation into the MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program. The bridge curriculum prepares the associate’s degree nurse for the advanced practice role. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in the bridge courses in order to matriculate into the FNP program. Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner program are eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Exam.

Residencies and Clinical Hours

The MSN portion of the program has three required residencies in addition to orientation. To stay in the program, attendance at these residencies is mandatory.

A minimum of 630 unpaid clinical hours (which are in addition to your work hours) are required by the FNP program. These are earned at a location of your choice pending program director approval. All students are required to find their own clinical sites at a location of their choice pending program director approval. All candidates must possess a valid nursing license in the state where they will complete their clinical experience.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will demonstrate the following outcomes at an advanced practice level of nursing:

  • Provide safe, effective culturally competent and advanced practice nursing care to individuals and families across the lifespan as a member of an interdisciplinary team and in the context of the community;
  • Integrate the core competencies of research, diversity, healthcare policy, ethics, health promotion and theoretical foundation of nursing in advanced practice across the lifespan;
  • Demonstrate a leadership role in the profession of nursing;
  • Engage in ongoing nursing knowledge development to guide practice.

Candidates will complete all FNP courses, including a required evidence-based master’s translational practicum with portfolio development and a FNP clinical practicum of 630 hours, for a total of 42 credits.

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Prerequisites

The Associate’s Degree in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing (ADN to MSN) Bridge program is open to applicants who have earned an associate’s degree in nursing, and have or will have met the following prerequisite requirements:

  • An earned associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum grade of C in each of the prerequisite courses
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in nursing courses
  • RN licensure in the state in which you intend to perform your clinical hours
  • A minimum of one year of full-time work as an RN by the start of the bridge program (May 2014)
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (IBT) or a score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required of all candidates for whom English is not the native language
  • International students should consult the College Catalog regarding transfer of international courses. Please note that all foreign transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) (212) 966.6311 or www.wes.org.

Prospective students may apply to the program with outstanding prerequisites. However, all prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation. A photocopy of the RN license must be submitted.

Priority consideration will be given to those applicants with no missing prerequisites.

PREREQUISITE COURSES
SEMESTER HOURS
Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II (with labs)
8
General or Medical Microbiology (with lab)
4
Human Growth & Development
3
Statistics
3
Algebra & Trigonometry (or Pre-calculus)
3
Introduction to Psychology
3
Introduction to Sociology
3
English Composition I and II
6
Healthcare or Biomedical Ethics
3
History Elective
3
Humanities Elective
3

Curriculum


Residency Requirement

In addition to online coursework, the bridge program requires students to attend three residencies, generally 1-3 days in length, in addition to the mandatory orientation, during their respective tenure in the program. These residencies include: new student orientation, MSN orientation, third residency and final residency in May that coincides with graduation.

Bridge Year One: Summer

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
NUR250 Chemistry of Nutrition
3
NUR410 Professional Role Development
3

Bridge Year One: Fall

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
NUR245 Health Assessment (45 clinical hours)
4
NUR426 Community Health Nursing (45 clinical hours)
4

Bridge Year One: Spring

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
NUR330 Nursing Informatics and Healthcare Technologies
3
NUR350 Scholarly Inquiry
3
  TOTAL BRIDGE CURRICULUM
20

MSN Year Two: Summer*

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
NUR701 Professional Role Development in Nursing
3
NUR706 Advanced Pathophysiology
3

MSN Year Two: Fall*

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
NUR707 Advanced Pharmacology
3
NUR708 Research for the Advance Practice Nurse
4

MSN Year Two: Spring*

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
NUR702 Human Diversity, Ethics, and Social Policy Issues
3
NUR703 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (90 clinical hours)
4

MSN Year Three: Summer

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
NUR809 Family Health Nursing I (180 clinical hours)
6

MSN Year Three: Fall*

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
NUR810 Family Health Nursing II (180 clinical hours)
6
NUR820 Translational Research Practicum I
2

MSN Year Three: Spring*

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
NUR811 Family Health Nursing III (180 clinical hours)
6
NUR820 Translational Research Practicum II
2

Total Credits for ADN to MSN BRIDGE PROGRAM (62)

*Taking two courses per semester (year-round), the ADN to MSN Bridge program can be completed in three years.

Tuition & Fees

Students enrolled in the bridge program during the 2014–2015 academic year will pay $850/credit hour.

There are no fees in addition to the cost of tuition for MCPHS Online students in the 2014–2015 academic year, so students can estimate that a three-credit course in this program will cost $2550. Books are not included in the cost of tuition and must be factored in separately. The cost of books will vary by course.

Financial Aid

An education is an investment. And we don’t think you’ll find a better return on your investment than by earning your degree from MCPHS University. Our Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) is available to guide students through the process of securing funding to cover education costs. A dedicated staff member will help you apply for financial aid, review all sources of funding available to you and assist you with completing the paperwork necessary for disbursement.

For more information, contact Student Financial Services at 603.314.1729.

Next Steps

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for 2014, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The MCPHS University college code for the FAFSA is 002165. You do not need to be accepted at the University in order to apply.

Since this is a summer-start program, you will need to complete the FAFSA for both the 2013-2014 academic year and the 2014-2015 academic year in order to receive aid for both the summer and fall terms.

Admission

Once your application is received, the Admission Office will notify you of any missing items that we require for your application to be considered complete.

NEW FOR 2014: We will no longer review applications to the ADN to MSN Bridge (FNP) on a "rolling basis". Due to the competitive nature of this program, the committee will review all applications received in December and invite the most qualified candidates to interview in January. A decision will be made once all interviews are conducted and continue on a rolling basis, if seats are available, thereafter.

Priority Filing Date

The priority filing date for this program is February 1 each year for a summer (May) semester start but interviews will begin in January. We continue to review applications until all available seats in the program have been filled.

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Information for MCPHS University Alumni

If you are a graduate of MCPHS University and need to request your transcripts for admission to an MCPHS Online program, please click here to learn how to request your official transcript.

Questions?

Feel free to call 617.879.5022 or e-mail us with any questions you have about the application process.

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Technical, Non-Academic Standards

In conjunction with the applicable academic and accreditation standards, the faculty in each of the programs at MCPHS University has established certain abilities and characteristics defined as technical standards. Candidates for enrollment in programs at MCPHS University must meet these technical standards, which may include but are not limited to observation, communication, sensory and motor coordination and function, intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities, and behavioral and social attributes. These standards may be met with or without reasonable accommodations. Please carefully review the technical standards for the program to which you have applied. The standards can be found in the MCPHS University College Catalog on the MCPHS University website. If you have questions regarding technical standards, please contact the Office of Admission immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

   

How much of the program is offered online?

The bridge portion of the program will be offered online with one visit to campus for new student orientation. During the graduate years of the program, three additional 1-3 day residencies will be required.

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What are the prerequisites for this program?

Applicants must hold (or will earn prior to enrollment) an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) and be a licensed RN in the state where they will perform their clinicals. At least one year of full time experience as a registered nurse is also required for acceptance into this program. Application requirements include: the nursing application, all official college transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a current resume, and a photocopy of your RN license. Please visit the Prerequisites tab for a list of required courses.

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Do all of the prerequisites need to be completed before I apply?

No, the prerequisite courses can be in-progress or planned at the time you apply, as long as you would complete them all prior to enrollment at MCPHS University. Priority consideration will be given to those with all prerequisites completed at the time of application.

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Is there a licensing exam at the end of this program?

Yes. All graduates of the ADN to MSN Bridge program will be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam and will be eligible for certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. More information about this process is available at www.nursecredentialing.org.

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This program is part-time. Am I eligible for financial aid?

Yes. As long as you take two courses each semester during the first year (the bridge year) and take at least 5 graduate-level credits each semester during the second and third years, you are eligible to apply for financial aid. All financial aid is awarded through the FAFSA.

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At the conclusion of the bridge portion of this program, will I be awarded a bachelor’s degree?

No, you will not earn a bachelor’s degree. The bridge program was designed for a student to seamlessly move from an associate’s degree to a master’s degree program. Following completion of the bridge courses, you will not have earned enough credits nor have completed the arts and sciences core to be eligible for a bachelor’s degree.