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RN to MSN Bridge Program — Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall

As a family nurse practitioner, you work directly with individuals and families throughout their lives, providing expert care, support and compassion. This bridge program builds on your associate’s degree in nursing so you can move seamlessly into graduate-level coursework to earn a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) without first earning your bachelor’s degree.

Aside from a total of four on-campus meetings, this part-time program’s coursework is offered entirely online with clinical experience in your community, giving you the flexibility to continue to work. Once you are admitted into the MSN-FNP portion of the program, you’ll expand your education and clinical experience to provide safe, effective culturally competent and advanced practice nursing care to individuals and families as a member of an interdisciplinary team and in the context of the community. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Exam and begin your fulfilling career.  

Learn more about the RN to MSN Bridge program.

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • Earned an associate’s degree in nursing from a state-approved program
  • A minimum GPA requirement of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in arts and sciences courses and a cumulative GPA of 2.7
  • RN licensure in the state in which the student intends to perform clinical hours
  • Official transcripts from all schools and colleges attended
  • A resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A personal statement

Once all supporting documents are received, your application will be complete and ready for review by the Admission Committee. Application materials can be mailed to the address below:

Online Programs
MCPHS University
Admission Office
179 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA 02115

Worcester FNP Program
MCPHS University
Admission Office
19 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608

In addition to online coursework, the bridge program requires students to attend four 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

NUR 250 Chemistry of Nutrition 3
NUR 410 Professional Role Development 3
NUR 245 Health Assessment (45 clinical hours) 4
NUR 426 Community Health Nursing (45 clinical hours) 4
NUR 330 Nursing Informatics and Healthcare Technologies 3
NUR 350 Scholarly Inquiry 3

MSN Year Two*

NUR 701 Professional Role Development for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NUR 706 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NUR 707 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 702 Human Diversity, Social, and Policy Issues 3
NUR 703 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (90 clinical hours) 4
NUR 801 Survey of Telemedicine
NUR 810 Family Primary Care II (Adult) (180-clinical hours) 6
NUR 809 Family Primary Care I (OBGYN & Pedi) (180-clinical hours) 6
NUR 816 Scholarship for Advanced Nursing: Building an Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 811 Family Primary Care III (Geri) (180-clinical hours) 6
NUR 823 Translating and Integrating Scholarship Practicum 3

Total Credits for ADN to MSN Bridge Program 62

Residency Requirement

In addition to coursework, the FNP MSN program requires students to attend three on-campus residencies, generally which are 1-3 days in length. These residencies include: a new student orientation, a second-year residency that takes place prior to entering the 800 level clinical courses, and a final residency that coincides with the student's graduation.

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

MCPHS accepts nursing students into its programs from the following states:

Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C.

Admission into a nursing program is dependent on program availability in the state where the student is physically located at the time of matriculation. If a student moves to a different state after matriculation, continuation within the program will depend on the availability of the program within the new state where the student is physically present. It is the student's responsibility to notify the University of a change in physical presence. Program availability is subject to change.

Starting the Spring 2019 semester, MSN online testing will be monitored and proctored by ProctorU. Learn more about ProctorU using the information below.

Online tuition is calculated at a cost-per-credit rate based on the program you choose and the number of credits for which you register. Learn more about Online tuition and fees here.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education:


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