College of Nursing

RN-MN Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the difference between the MN program and RN-MN program?
  2. How does the application process differ between the MN and the RN-MN programs?
  3. Why is additional course work needed prior to applying to the graduate school?
  4. Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree in order to apply to the RN-MN program?
  5. Do I still have the same track options for the RN-MN program as the MN program?
  6. How do I apply to the RN-MN program?
  7. When is the application deadline?
  8. How often are students admitted?
  9. What is the cost per credit hour?
  10. What WSU College of Nursing campus sites offer the RN-MN program?
  11. What areas of specialization are offered for the RN to Master of Nursing?
  12. Is the program offered online? How are courses delivered?
  13. How much time should I expect to spend on campus in class?
  14. Is part-time study an option?
  15. Are Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores required for graduate nursing programs?
  16. Is a RN license required?
  17. I live in Oregon. Am I eligible for in-state tuition, or do I have to pay non-residential rates?
  18. How can I reach the Graduate School if I have questions?
  19. What graduate programs are offered at WSU College of Nursing?

What is the difference between the MN program and RN-MN program?

The RN-MN program is for Registered Nurses who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a field other than nursing. Students take the same courses as general master’s students but must take two additional courses prior to enrolling in graduate level nursing courses. The purpose of the two additional courses is to bridge the student’s current bachelor’s degree to graduate level course work in nursing. In addition, RN-MN students must meet additional pre-application and admission requirements and work with an advisor to navigate the application process.

The MN program is for nurses who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited institution. After determining they meet all of the admission criteria, applicants can apply directly to the MN program through the graduate school online.

Visit the application and admission page of your program of interest to learn about pre-application and admission requirements.

How does the application process differ between the MN and the RN-MN programs?

RN-MN applicants must consult with a nursing advisor prior to applying to the program. Advisors will review the applicant’s unofficial transcripts to ensure they meet all pre-application requirements. RN-MN applicants will likely need to take additional nursing courses prior to applying to the graduate school. A nursing advisor can guide you through the application and admission process. For information on the application process for the RN-MN program, visit the RN-MN Application & Admission page or contact a RN-MN nursing advisor.

MN applicants can apply directly to the graduate school online after they determine they meet all pre-application requirements. Visit the MN Application & Admission page for a complete list of requirements.

Why is additional course work needed prior to applying to the graduate school?

Additional course work is needed to help bridge the student’s current bachelor’s degree to master’s level course work in nursing.

Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree in order to apply to the RN-MN program?

Yes, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, but your degree can be in any field. Visit our RN-MN Application & Admission page for additional information on other pre-application requirements.

If you already have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, apply to the MN program through the graduate school online. Visit the MN Application & Admission page for additional information.

Do I still have the same track options for the RN-MN program as the MN program?

Yes. The core master’s program is the same for both the MN and the RN-MN program. The only difference between the two programs is the pre-application requirements and the application and admission process. Once RN-MN applicants have met all pre-application and admission requirements, their advisor will assist them with completing the application and admission process. At that time, they may choose and enroll in the master’s track they wish to complete:

How do I apply to the RN-MN program?

Visit our Application & Admission page for information on the application process.

When is the application deadline?

Visit our Application Deadlines page for deadlines.

How often are students admitted?

Students are admitted twice per year for fall and spring semester.

What is the cost per credit hour?

Please visit the WSU financial aid website to determine graduate school costs.

What WSU College of Nursing campus sites offer the RN-MN program?

The RN-MN program is offered at all WSU College of Nursing sites: Spokane, Yakima, Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, and Vancouver.

What areas of specialization are offered for the RN to Master of Nursing?

Students may choose an individualized study option or can specialize in one of the following tracks:

Students interested in the individualized study option must take the Master’s program core course work, plus 3-4 courses specific to their area of interest. Advisors can assist with identifying appropriate courses.

In addition, two Post-Master’s Certificates are available: Nursing Education or Nursing Leadership. Students must complete required course work and apply for the certificate separately through the WSU Graduate School online and pay an additional fee.

Is the program offered online? How are courses delivered?

No. The program is offered on campus with limited courses offered online. Students living outside a 50-mile radius from their campus of registration can request permission to attend some classes using live videostreaming technology. Live videostreaming is one-way audiovisual technology where students can login from home and participate in class via an online chat room. Notes: Most courses require attendance every two to three weeks but some may require more. Attendance is required and students must be logged in and present during each class.

How much time should I expect to spend on campus in class?

Courses are completed using a hybrid model where students participate both in class and online. Most classes meet over videoconference on campus five to ten times per semester, and the remaining course work is offered online. Students are expected to attend class on campus for in-class sessions, however, in many classes, students living at a distance can engage in course work via live videostream.

Is part-time study an option?

Yes. Many of our students attend part time.

Are Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores required for graduate nursing programs?

Yes. Official GRE Analytical Writing scores are required and should have been taken within the last five years. Note: although we require the GRE, there is no minimum score requirement. Exams scores must be received by the priority deadline of July 1, for spring and March 31, for fall admission. Visit our GRE FAQs page for more information.

Is a RN license required?

Yes, a valid Washington State RN license is required.

I live in Oregon. Am I eligible for in-state tuition, or do I have to pay non-residential rates?

The Border Bill may be an option for Oregon residents attending either the Tri-Cities or Vancouver campuses of WSU. The State of Washington’s Border Bill is a program that allows Oregon residents who live in specified counties to attend WSU Vancouver and/or WSU Tri-Cities part-time (8 credits or less per semester) and pay resident tuition rates for the courses taken through these two WSU campuses ONLY. For further information and a border bill application, refer to the links below.

How can I reach the Graduate School if I have questions?

gradsch@wsu.edu
509-335-1446

What graduate programs are offered at WSU College of Nursing Tri-Cities?

Visit our Academic Programs page for a complete listing of degree programs.