The ADN Bridge Entry Option allows registered nurses with an associate’s degree as the highest degree earned to enter the FNU Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program without earning a bachelor’s degree. Bridge students are admitted to one of the following specialty tracks: Nurse-Midwifery, Family Nurse Practitioner, or Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. The ADN Bridge Entry Option is congruent with the mission of FNU and adheres to The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice outlined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.Following successful completion of all Bridge courses, students seamlessly transition into their MSN program coursework. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is not conferred as part of the ADN Bridge Entry Option.
Bridge students have three (3) required on-campus sessions during the program: Bridge Bound, Crossing the Bridge, and Clinical Bound:
- Prior to beginning the Bridge curriculum, all Bridge students attend Bridge Bound in Hyden, which is an orientation to the Bridge curriculum and the University. In the fourth term of the Bridge year, students return to campus for Crossing the Bridge, when they present their community health projects as part of N409 Community Health Practicum as well as participate in advising, curriculum, credentialing, and role sessions. All Bridge students participate in a structured peer mentoring program while on campus, during which the Crossing students mentor the Bound students.
- After completing didactic management coursework in the MSN program, and prior to beginning clinicals, students return to campus for an intensive Clinical Bound. Following successful completion of all Clinical Bound courses, students seamlessly transition into their clinical coursework.
Bridge Year Curriculum Overview
The ADN Bridge entry option is comprised of eight courses (24 credits). Bridge curriculum consists of seven courses (21 credits) taken in the first four terms at FNU. Additionally, In the Bridge year, students also take PC700 (3 credits), which is a core course taken by all FNU students. Students complete the Bridge courses in their communities after attending Bridge Bound. Following successful completion of all Bridge courses, students seamlessly transition into their clinical specialty coursework. No Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is awarded as part of the Bridge Entry Option. Details about the MSN curriculum can be found in the Master of Science in Nursing + Companion Doctor of Nursing Practice section.
(22 didactic credits – 2 clinical credits)*
N400 Physical Assessment (3-0)
N404 Statistics (3-0)
N405 Nursing Theory (3-0)
N406 Leadership (3-0)
N408 Community Health (3-0)
N409 Community Health Practicum (1-2) Includes presentation given during Crossing
N410 Nursing Research (3-0)
PC700 Communication and Introduction to Scholarly Writing (3-0)*
*Although completed in the Bridge Year, PC700 is a requirement in the MSN curriculum.