RN-MSN Transition Sequence

If you have an Associate of Science in Nursing degree, this program will prepare you for entrance into the graduate nursing program. You must be accepted into the graduate nursing program to be eligible for this transition sequence of courses. The nursing courses in this transition sequence are taught in an intensive block format. Nursing courses are offered on selected Tuesdays, at the Fort Wayne campus and the rest of your coursework is completed online.

  • You must have completed 1,000 hours of paid RN clinical practice before taking NURS 570/572 as part of the MSN program.
  • After completing the transition sequence of courses, you will not be awarded a bachelor’s degree. You will begin your MSN coursework.


Before starting your year-long transition coursework, you must have credit for the following:

  • Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • English Composition I
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II
  • Microbiology

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted as a student into the Master of Science in Nursing program, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Hold an ASN degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States
  • Hold a current license as a registered nurse
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
    • If you have less than a 3.0, you will be required to submit GRE scores of at least 400 (old format) or 150 (new format) on the verbal and quantitative sections and 4.0 on the analytic writing section

If you do not meet all of the above criteria, you may still be admitted “provisionally.” If you are admitted provisionally, you must earn a GPA of 3.20 in the first six hours of graduate nursing courses at USF before you are fully admitted to the program.

If you are not granted admission into the program, you must wait one academic year before reapplying. You will also be required to complete the GRE, with a score of 150 on both the verbal and quantitative areas.

Curriculum Plan