Frequently Asked Questions about the RN-MN Program
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 2 additional courses prior to enrolling in graduate-level nursing courses. The purpose of the 2 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 admission requirements 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 Admission Requirements page or contact an 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 Admission Requirements 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 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 Admission Requirements 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 Admission Requirements page for additional information.
Do I still have the same certificate options for the RN-MN program as the MN program?
Yes. Students can take additional course work and apply for a graduate certificate in either Nursing Leadership, Nursing Education, or Public Health. Students must complete required course work and apply for the certificate separately through the WSU Graduate School online and pay an additional fee.
How do I apply to the RN-MN program?
Visit our Steps to Apply 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 the fall and spring semesters.
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.
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 no more than 5 times per semester; the remaining course work is offered online. Students are expected to attend class on campus for in-class sessions.
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?
No. The GRE is not required.
Is an 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 campus 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 2 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?
What graduate programs are offered at WSU College of Nursing?
Visit our graduate programs section page for a complete listing of degree and certificate program options.