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Master of Science: R.N. to M.S.


RN to MS — For individuals who have diplomas or certificates from the former hospital system, or an associate's degree and a R.N. license. Candidates for this entryway must possess a current R.N. license and work experience in a health care setting. A 3.0 G.P.A. in nursing courses and the overall G.P.A. is required. A semester of statistics taken at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution 5 years before the application deadline is also required;a grade of B or better is required.

At Simmons, the GRE is not required but TOEFL is required for non-native speakers of English, who did not earn a bachelor's or master's degree at a regionally accredited U.S. post-secondary institution or at a post-secondary institution abroad which is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country of English-speaking countries only. Moreover, if the candidate earned an associate's degree in the U.S., the institution must have been accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Since most applicants to this pathway have been working as R.N.s, the most important factors considered for admission are the candidate's prior academic preparation, work experience, and the quality of the recommendations.

Explore admissions requirements for Nursing@Simmons, the Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences' innovative, online R.N. to M.S.N. program for aspiring Family Nurse Practitioners.