Do you have an associate’s degree in nursing? Have you ever considered advancing your career with advanced education in leadership, outcomes management, risk assessment and quality improvement? If you have, the ADN to Master of Science in Nursing Bridge program Teaching and Learning Concentration track at MCPHS Online might be a great fit for you. This part-time program is designed to provide an entry option to the graduate Master of Science in Nursing 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!
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. In addition to coursework, students must also complete clinical hours. These experiential requirements are completed in your respective community with the approval of the course faculty.
All clinical hours in the bridge and MSN are completed at a location of your choice pending program director approval.
This program holds a mandatory orientation for new bridge 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 The University's offer of admission will be rescinded if the student fails to attend and participate in the full orientation.
The MSN portion of the program has three required residencies in addition to the bridge orientation. To stay in the program, attendance at these three residencies plus orientation is mandatory.
Matriculation into MSN Program
Students are eligible for admission upon completion of the six MCPHS bridge courses (20 credits). The bridge curriculum prepares the associate’s degree nurse for the advanced role. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in the bridge courses in order to matriculate into the MSN program.
Upon the completion of the MSN program students will be able to:
- Provide leadership at the point of care
- Focus on outcomes measurement, risk assessment, quality improvement, inter-professional communication and evidence-based practice
- Be a leader in the healthcare delivery system
- Educate others pursuing a career in nursing
Candidates will complete all MSN courses, including a required evidence-based master’s translational practicum with portfolio development and a clinical practicum.
The Master of Science in Nursing (Teaching & Learning track) prepares students to meet select competencies from the AACN 2011 approved Master’s Essentials. This track additionally prepares students to meet the Core Competencies of Nurse Educators from the NLN.