In this day and age, convenience is key. But for aspiring registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing (ADN), there’s hardly anything convenient about attending two to three more years of school to get a bachelors, and then tacking on another two years for a masters.
What if the same path to a master of science in nursing (MSN) that would normally take five years could be completed in three?
With Frontier Nursing University’s ADN to MSN – Bridge Entry Option, RNs can bypass a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). In FNU’s unique ADN Bridge Entry Option, an RN will complete a series of courses over 12 months to prepare for a Master of Science in Nursing. The program is designed for registered nurses who do not have a bachelor’s degree in any field but have been practicing for at least one year.
Upon completing the Bridge year, students who enter through the Bridge Entry Option transition directly into the MSN program, saving them approximately two years’ worth of coursework — not to mention the cost of those courses — that they normally would have needed to get their bachelor’s first. These students will then complete coursework for their specialty of choice including certified-nurse-midwife, family nurse practitioner or psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner.
Not only is this path to the MSN convenient, but it’s also cost-saving. A normal path to bachelor’s then master’s costs $75,000 in total, according to Affordable Colleges Online. FNU’s Bridge Entry Option costs $600 per credit hour (as of February 2020, subject to change) for approximately 81+ hours of coursework depending on which MSN specialty path is chosen, totaling approximately $48,000-$51,000. Financial aid and scholarships are available to most students.
Along with the money saved through the ADN Bridge Entry Option, graduates will also enter the workforce two years sooner than through the traditional BSN to MSN route. According to Nurse Journal, a registered nurse with an MSN degree earns an average annual salary of $92,000. Those who wish to further their education through FNU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program can do so as a continuation of the MSN program with only 19 additional credit hours.
FNU’s distance education model allows students to complete their studies online while maintaining their professional and personal commitments. Three brief stays at our Kentucky campus give students the opportunity to connect with their instructors and classmates without detracting from their home commitments. Students complete their clinical practicum in their own communities, allowing them to serve and develop relationships with patients and providers near to them.
One Bridge alumna, Loy McEachin Watson, credits FNU’s ADN to MSN Bridge with allowing her to build her career in a way that worked for her.
“Without this bridge program, my dream of being a nurse practitioner would have taken so much longer or may have never happened at all. Thank you Frontier for meeting us where we are and ‘bridging’ the gap,” said Watson.
If you are an RN who is looking to further your education but worries about the time and cost, and an ADN is your highest degree, consider FNU’s ADN to MSN – Bridge Entry Option. Not sure if you’re eligible or ready for this next step? Reach out to one of our knowledgeable FNU staff that is ready to answer your questions.