Skip to main content
Close Search

R.N. to M.S.N.

What is R.N. to M.S.N. or R.N. to DNP?

Registered nurses interested in graduate nursing preparation select R.N. to M.S.N. or R.N. to DNP. This option allows registered nurses interested in graduate nursing preparation to continue advancing their nursing education by requesting M.S.N. or R.N. to DNP, master's degree and doctoral degree preparation for registered nurses.

Eligible registered nurses can request approval to substitute 2 required graduate level nursing courses as part of the baccalaureate nursing curriculum. Approval to substitute courses does not guarantee admission to the graduate school at SDSU, or the graduate nursing program. Formal application to the Graduate Program is made in the final spring semester of baccalaureate nursing. Please review the graduate nursing website to view complete curriculum for each of the 9 specialization areas at SDSU.

Who is eligible?

Registered nurses who meet the following criteria are eligible:

  • 3.0-3.3 cumulative GPA on 4.0 scale,
  • completion of an approved statistics course (containing both descriptive and inferential statistics) within 5 years of enrollment in SDSU Course: Nurse 626 – Research in Nursing & Healthcare,
  • coverage by non-employer sponsored R.N. liability insurance (1 million / 5 million). See here for a list of companies that provide nursing malpractice liability coverage, and
  • all other baccalaureate admission requirements.

Priority Consideration (Family Nurse Practitioner Only): Complete and/or Verified applications received by the PRIORITY deadline will be reviewed with potential for early notification of acceptance to the program.Only applications that have been VERIFIED by NursingCAS will be considered for Interview.