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Nurse Educator Specialty Track
RN-to-MS Fast Track Program

The RN-to-MS Fast Track Program provides an opportunity for associate degree and diploma-prepared nurses to obtain the Master of Science in Nursing Degree. The RN-to-MS Fast Track Program curriculum is characterized by flexibility and recognition of the diversity of the students who enroll.

The RN-to-MS Fast Track Program allows students to work toward their Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees in one integrated program. The Graduate Record Exam, generally required for admission to master’s degree programs, is NOT required for admission in to the 
RN-to-MS Fast Track Program.

Six (6) graduate credits (500 Level) taken while completing the undergraduate senior year count toward both degrees only when the RN meets the criteria for the Fast Track program, completes an application to the Graduate Nursing Program through the Graduate School, and is accepted into the RN-to-MS Fast Track Program during the first semester as a student in the RN-to-BS Program.

Students can typically complete the RN-to-MS Fast Track Program in nine part-time semesters. Only course grades of B- or above can be counted toward the Master of Science in Nursing degree.

Fast track students must take courses in the M.S. program the semester after completing the requirements for the B.S. degree. Otherwise 500 Level courses taken in the senior year will count only towards the RN-to-BS degree unless they are in excess of the credits required for the B.S. degree. 

Admission Process for RN-to-MS Fast Track Program

The RN student applying to WSU as a transfer student can receive up to 65 credits transferable from associate degree colleges and a maximum of 90 credits from four year colleges or universities. WSU has articulation agreements with many area colleges for transfer credits (up to 23 credits may be approved for nursing credits).

The RN student who graduated from a nursing diploma program must take the NLN Mobility Profile II Mobility Exam as a prerequisite, which allows the students to obtain up to 23 nursing credits. All RN students must hold a current license to practice nursing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Students interested in applying to the RN-to-MS program are advised to contact the RN-to-BS Coordinator, at 508 929-8559.


RN-to-MS Prerequisite Courses

These courses may be transferred if the student has previously taken the course (per Worcester State University transfer policy) or may be taken at WSU:



EN 101 &
EN 102

English Composition 1 & II (*EN 101 may be waived)

MA 150

Introduction to Statistics (*pre requisite for NU 430-A: Research Seminar OR NU 525: Nursing Research in Advanced Practice) An Accuplacer math test (offered at WSU) may be needed prior to registering for statistics at WSU

SO 100

Introduction to Sociology

PS 101

General Psychology

PS 210

Child Growth and Development


Survey of Life Span Development

BI 161 &

Anatomy & Physiology I & II

BI 204




RN-to-MS Foundational Nursing Courses 

All nursing courses must be taken in sequence. Students must achieve a minimum grade of 80 in each nursing course. Only one nursing course may be repeated to obtain the minimum grade or required GPA and must be repeated within the 2 years.



NU 124

Health Informatics (3 credits)

NU 332

Transition to Professional Nursing (2 credits)


Health Assessment (3 credits)

NU 525

Nursing Research in Advanced Practice (3 credits) Satisfies NU 925 Requirement in the RN-to-MS Fast Track Program

NU 432

Advancing Nursing Perspectives in Chronic Illness (8 credits)

NU 551

Nursing Leadership and Administration (3 credits) Satisfies NU 951  Requirement in the RN-to-MS Fast Track Program


Community Nursing Capstone (8 credits)



Course descriptions for all undergraduate courses may be found in the Worcester State University undergraduate catalog.



Specialty Courses: Nurse Educator

Professional Core

NU 910a

Professional Role Development (3 credits)*

NU 920

Conceptual Foundations of Nursing (3 credits)*

NU 925

Nursing Research in Advanced Practice (3 credits)*

NU 951

Nursing Leadership and Administration (3 credits)*



Interdisciplinary Courses

NU 930   

Social Policy and the Economics of the Health Care Delivery System (3 credits)

NU 940

Curriculum and Instructional Design (3 credits)*

NU 942

Teaching & Learning in the Age of Technology(4 credits)*

NU 946   

Biostatistics (3 credits)



Specialty Courses

NU 933

Nursing, Health, and the Environment (3 credits)*

NU 937

Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)*

NU 938

Advanced Concepts in Physiology and Pathophysiology (3 credits)*

NU 939

Advanced Concepts in Pharmacology (3 credit)*

NU 943

Practicum in Teaching & Learning * (5 credits)

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