RN to MSN no BSN

  1. Hello I am starting the RN program at Galen this summer. I already have a bachelors degree but it is not in nursing. I was wondering if I can get my RN and bypass a BSN by going directly to an MSN program? Do you know of any programs like this in Kentucky around the Louisville and Bowling Green area? Any insight would be helpful.
    •  
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   MidwestStudentNurse
    I believe there are programs like this but they are hard to find. Louisville has an MSN program but it is not financial aid eligible. If you can afford it, you may want to start there. Also, I have heard Galen is not accredited and my friend had a heck of a time with them. Double check! Good luck!
  4. by   Kcarter0430
    Thanks for the reply. Galen just received their ACEN accreditation last month so no issues there. What about online programs with few campus visits? Are you familiar with any of those?
  5. by   littlehelpinghands
    The University of Louisville has a program called Master's Entry into Professional Nursing (MEPN) for people who have a Bachelor's degree in another discipline. But once you graduate this program you will have both your BSN and MSN. Check out the website for more information:
    Master’s Entry into Professional Nursing — School of Nursing
  6. by   elkpark
    Quote from littlehelpinghands
    The University of Louisville has a program called Master's Entry into Professional Nursing (MEPN) for people who have a Bachelor's degree in another discipline. But once you graduate this program you will have both your BSN and MSN. Check out the website for more information:
    Master’s Entry into Professional Nursing — School of Nursing
    That program is for non-nurses and includes basic nursing education along with the graduate content. Programs like that don't take people who have already completed nursing school. The OP could do that instead of going to Galen, but wouldn't be eligible for the program after completing a nursing program at Galen.
  7. by   CardiacStimulant
    I am looking into this. The only dilemma is they require 2 nursing courses as pre-reqs (like, seriously??? I don't understand this, but anyway)... I maxed out UG loans so this is no longer looking like a good option for me. Anyone who has experience with the program who can chime in?
  8. by   Kcarter0430
    I have decided to do an ADN program at JCTC. It's a lot cheaper which helps if you are having to go back and further your education for an advanced degree.
  9. by   wayemika
    This is what I'm doing through Capella Unicersity online and I only have two terms left. I figured why get the BSN when I can get the MSN and be done

close