RN-MSN Bridge Program

Overview

Program Overview

The RN-MSN Bridge program offers an alternative pathway for students that have been awarded a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and an Associate Degree in Nursing to be eligible to apply for the MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program without having earned a BSN. Students accepted into the Bridge program will take 6 bridge courses (15 units) and upon successful completion will receive guaranteed admission to the next FNP cohort as long as student meets the FNP and Graduate School admission requirements.

*Completion of the Bridge courses does not award a BSN degree.

Eligibility Requirements

Please review the RN-MSN Bridge Roadmap to assess your eligibility.

  • Non-Nursing Baccalaureate Degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Associate Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution
  • CA RN License (Proof by Community Health Orientation in August)
  • Statistics course successfully completed (Grade of C or better for an Undergraduate Statistics course/ Grade of B or better for a Graduate Statistics course)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units

Schedule of Classes

Cohort 1

Course Name Full-time
NURS 3330 Leadership & Management (3 units)
*Asynchronous online 8-week course
8/21/2023 – 10/13/2023
NURS 4000 Health Assessment (3 units)
*Asynchronous online 8-week course
8/21/2023 – 10/13/2023
NURS 4400 Community Health Nursing (3 units)
*Asynchronous online 8-week course
10/16/2023 – 12/15/2023
NURS 4410 Community Health Clinical (2 units)
*Clinicals are held face-to-face within a community health setting
8-week course
10/16/2023 – 12/15/2023
Course Name Part-time
NURS 4400 Community Health Nursing (3 units)
*Asynchronous online 8-week course
10/16/2023 – 12/15/2023
NURS 4410 Community Health clinical (2 units)
*Clinicals are held face-to-face within a community health setting
8-week course
10/16/2023 – 12/15/2023
NURS 3330 Leadership & Management (3 units)
*Asynchronous online 8-week course
1/29/2024 – 3/22/2024
NURS 4000 Health Assessment (3 units)
*Asynchronous online 8-week course
1/29/2024 – 3/22/2024

Cohort 2

Fall Admission
Course Name Full-time
NURS 3110 Transition to Professional Practice (3 units)
*Asynchronous online 8-week course
8/19/24 – 10/13/24
NURS 3330 Leadership & Management (3 units)
*Asynchronous online 8-week course 
8/19/24 – 10/13/24
NURS 3010 Palliative Care and End of Life (1 unit)
*Asynchronous online 8-week course
10/14/24 – 12/15/24
NURS 4400 Population Health Nursing (3 units)
*Asynchronous online 8-week course

10/14/24 – 12/15/24

NURS 4410 Population Health Clinical (2 units)
*Clinicals are held face-to-face within a community health setting 
8-week course
10/14/24 – 12/13/24
NURS 4240 RN to BSN Seminar (3 units)
*Asynchronous online 8-week course
12/28/24 – 1/24/25
Spring Admission
Course Name pART-tIME
NURS 3110 Transition to Professional Practice (3 units)
*Asynchronous online 8-week course
1/27/25 – 3/23/25
NURS 3330 Leadership & Management (3 units)
*Asynchronous online 8-week course
1/27/25 – 3/23/25
NURS 3010 Palliative Care and End of Life (1 unit)
*Asynchronous online 8-week course
4/7/25 – 5/30/25
NURS 4400 Population Health Nursing (3 units)
*Asynchronous online 8-week course
4/7/25 – 5/30/25
NURS 4410 Population Health Clinical (2 units)
*Clinicals are held face-to-face within a community health setting 
8-week course
4/7/25 – 5/30/25
NURS 4240 RN to BSN Seminar (3 units)
*Asynchronous online 8-week course
TBA: Summer 2025

Cost

There is no fee to submit your application to the RN-MSN Bridge Program. Each unit is $625. (Excludes textbooks, lab supplies and other costs incurred for the program).

No financial aid is available for the RN-MSN Bridge program.

How to Apply

Fall 2024 Application Period: May 15 – June 15, 2024
Spring 2025 application period: August 1 - October 1, 2024

Submit application with Continuing and Professional Education (Link to apply will become available during the application period). *Do NOT Apply through Cal State Apply.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. If a high volume of qualified applicants is reached, the application period could close early.

There is no fee to apply for the Bridge program. Submit all requirements to the online application.

Important Dates

Keep in mind that Bridge students must meet minimum FNP eligibility requirements by the FNP program start date.

Bridge Program Application Filing Period for Fall admission: May 15th –June 15th, 2024
Spring admission: August 1st – October 1st
Apply for Bridge Program Admission
FNP/Graduate School Application Filing Period for Fall admission: October 1, 2024 – March 1, 2025

Apply for the Family Nurse Practitioner/Graduate School

Contact Information

Dr. Sherry Roper
RN-BSN Program Director
Sroper2@csustan.edu

Dr. Mechelle Perea-Ryan
Nursing Graduate Program Director
Mperearyan@csustan.edu