Post-Baccalaureate RN-MS

Make your non-nursing bachelor’s degree work for you. TWU’s Post-Baccalaureate RN-MS program is designed for registered nurses with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to earn their master’s in nursing.

As a registered nurse, your experiences in a health care setting as well as your bachelor’s degree in a non- nursing field have prepared you to earn your master’s in nursing and focus on the areas you love. After completing undergraduate courses, you’ll enroll in graduate courses designed to fast-track you into one of four specialty areas to earn your master’s. The Post-Baccalaureate RN-MS program is designed to be completed primarily online — allowing you to continue to work full time.

Program Requirements

The Post-Baccalaureate RN-MS program requires 47-58 hours to complete. For a complete list of requirements visit the program catalog. Post Baccalaureate RN-MS program requirements include:

  • Introduction to Baccalaureate Nursing (3 hours) x
  • The Nursing Leadership and Management Experience (3 hours) x
  • Pathophysiology (4 hours) x
  • Community Health Competencies (4 hours) x
  • Research and Quality Improvement in Nursing (4 hours)

Students in the RN-BS program may have the opportunity to earn credit for some of the upper-division nursing courses by successfully passing challenge exams.

Currently enrolled in an associates nursing degree program at an area community college and interested in concurrent admission to TWU? Visit our Concurrent Admissions site for more information.

Once you have completed the baccalaureate coursework and receive your degree, you will complete additional graduate coursework in the clinical specialty of choice: clinical nurse specialist, nurse educatornurse practitioner or health systems management with a business or health care administration minor.

Admission Requirements

*Admission to the M.S. in Nursing

Program Contacts

Denton – Dr. Susan Quisenberry

Dallas – Dr. Susan Sheriff

Houston – Dr. Paula Clutter

Application Deadlines

Nurse Practitioner
Fall-May 1
Spring – September 15

Nurse Educator 
Fall-July 1
Spring- December 1

Nursing Health Systems Management
Fall-July 1
Spring-September 15

Admission Requirements

  • Current US RN license (unencumbered)

  • Basic statistics course

  • BS or BSN degree from a nationally accredited nursing program

  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of course work toward the undergraduate nursing degree and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all prior graduate course work

Applicants who do not meet these criteria but have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 semester credit hours of course work toward the undergraduate nursing degree may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis. Factors that may be considered in the admission decision are: GPA on any prior graduate course work, scholarly activities, professional leadership, and work history.

For applicants who have a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a master's degree in another field (or more than one graduate degree), the grade point average from all previously earned degrees and post-graduate work can be considered in making the admission decision.

Individuals who have a master’s degree in nursing may seek admission to a post-master’s certification program in one of three areas: nurse practitioner, nursing health systems management, or nursing education. 

Applicants who wish to transfer from another nursing program must provide evidence of eligibility to continue in the previous nursing program. Nine semester hours for programs requiring 39-44 semester hours, 12 semester hours for programs requiring 45 or more semester hours, may be transferred, if approved. A grade of B or higher in each course is necessary for semester credit hours to be considered for transfer.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

Contact the RN-MS Program

  • Denton Campus

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