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RN to MS in Nursing

Take the Next Step in your Nursing Career

Apply your experience in the field toward earning a master’s degree.

  • Program Overview

    RN to MS students pay rate of undergraduate tuition for first graduate-level course.

    Our RN to MS option was designed to give registered nurses like you who do not yet have a baccalaureate degree in nursing the knowledge and skills necessary to earn a baccalaureate degree-and then proceed directly into the master's program to pursue a concentration in either Leadership/Management, Education, or Population-Based Care Coordination.


    The RN to MS option provides qualified Stevenson University RN to BS students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's in nursing while being strongly focused upon continuing with the graduate program. When you are accepted into the RN to MS option, you'll take a graduate nursing course while completing their undergraduate work that satisfies the final undergraduate elective and count as the first course in the graduate program. In the MS program, you can choose a concentration in either Leadership/Management, Education, or Population-Based Care Coordination.

    There are numerous benefits to the RN to MS option, including that you will:

    • Need to submit only one application for both the undergraduate and graduate programs.
    • Be familiar with Stevenson's educational culture, its policies and procedures, the technology environment, your fellow students, and your faculty and staff when you begin the graduate program.
    • Be able to take a graduate course to meet the upper-level elective requirement for the bachelor's degree. Credits from that course will then count toward the MS program requirements-and your first graduate course will be billed at the undergraduate tuition rate.

    Both the BS and MS programs are convenient, with courses are offered in two formats: online, which allows for the entire program to be completed online, and hybrid, which is a combination of online and face-to-face. The hybrid courses are taught at several locations throughout Maryland, and more locations are being added upon interest and demand.

    The baccalaureate and master's degree programs in nursing at Stevenson University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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  • Courses


    The RN to MS option for registered nurses is 120 credits. Registered nurses may transfer prerequisite courses, college core, and nursing program requirements or take them at Stevenson University. In accordance with the Maryland RN to BS articulation model, 30 upper-division nursing credits are awarded to the registered nurse with an active, unencumbered Maryland or Compact state license upon enrollment into the RN to MS option.

    Course Requirements for RN to MS Students

    Course requirements prior to acceptance into the RN to MS option at Stevenson University:

    • Composition and Writing
    • Writing about Literature

    Note: Registered nurses with an associate's degree or diploma from an accredited nursing program have completed most of the prerequisite courses as a part of their basic education.

    The following courses must be successfully completed prior to beginning the 300-level RN to MS courses:

    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    • Microbiology
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Composition and Writing
    • Writing about Literature
    • Communication

    The following courses must be successfully completed before taking 400-level RN to MS courses:

    • English Writing at the 200-level or above
    • Chemistry
    • Nutrition
    • Statistics
    • General Elective
    • Four humanities courses from three different disciplines: Philosophy, History, Literature, or Religion. An Ethics course (listed as Philosophy) must be one of the four courses.
    • Fine Arts

    RN to MS Option Program Requirements

    Students enrolled in the RN to MS option will complete the following 30 credits at Stevenson University.

    Major Requirements

    • NURS 312 Physical Assessment and Pathophysiology
    • NURS 313 Professional Seminar I
    • NURS 315 Information Technology in Nursing and Health Care
    • NURS 414 Nursing Leadership for RNs
    • NURS 415 Professional Seminar II
    • NURS 418 Nursing Research for RNs
    • NURS 424 Health in the Community
    • NURS 434 Professional Seminar III

    NURS 515 Concepts of Nursing Informatics (Applies to both your bachelor's and master's.)

  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    • Completed online application.
    • Current Maryland registered nurses license in good standing.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Official college transcripts from each college previously attended. (If the transcripts are from an institution located outside of the United States they will need to be evaluated by either WES or AACRAO)
    • Writing Sample (250-300 words) on the following topic: Why do you want to pursue this degree? Please include what plans you envision for yourself upon graduation.

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  • Faculty



    Marie A. DiPasquale, RN (2004)
    Assistant Professor of Nursing
    A.A.S., B.S., M.S., Pace University;

    Gary N. Hicks, RN (2005)
    Instructor, Nursing
    A.A., Harford Community College
    B.S., Villa Julie College
    M.S., Towson University

    Inex A. Scholler-Jaquish, RN (2007)
    Associate Professor of Nursing
    B.S.N., Arizona State University;
    M.S., Loyola College;
    Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park


    George Aboagye, RN (2011)
    Adjunct Professor, Nursing
    A.A.S., B.S.N., M.S. N., Marymount University;
    D.N.P., University of Massachusetts, Boston

    Wynne Aroom, RN (2010)
    Adjunct Instructor, Nursing
    B.S.N., Northeastern University
    M.S., University of Maryland

    Nora Bazydlo, RN (2011)
    Adjunct Instructor, Nursing
    A.A.S., Illinois Valley Community College
    B.S.N., Olivet Nazarene University
    M.S.N., University of Phoenix

    Dona H. Benford, RN (2009)
    Adjunct Instructor of Nursing
    B.A., Arcadia University;
    B.S.N, University of Maryland at Baltimore County
    M.S.N., University of Maryland at Baltimore

    Noni L. Bodkin, RN (2005)
    Adjunct Professor of Nursing
    B.S. Indiana University;
    M.S., University of Illinois, Chicago;
    Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Linda K. Cook, RN (2008)
    Adjunct Professor of Nursing
    A.S., Monroe Community College;
    B.S.N., Alfred University;
    M.S., Ph.D., University of Maryland,Baltimore.

    Laura K. Culbertson, RN (2009)
    Adjunct Instructor of Nursing
    B.S., M.S., University of Maryland at Baltimore

    Robyn Holley, RN(2002)
    Adjunct Instructor, Nursing
    B.S., Villa Julie College
    M.S., The Johns Hopkins University

    Sandra Lucci, RN (2009)
    Adjunct Instructor, Nursing
    B.S., Rutgers University
    M.S., University of Maryland

    Rose Miller, RN (2008)
    Adjunct Instructor of Nursing
    A.A., Wallace Community College;
    B.S.N., Troy State University;
    M.S.N., University of Alabama;
    M.S., University of Auburn

    Ellen L. Neu, RN (2009)
    Adjunct Instructor of Nursing
    B.S., Wichita State University
    B.S., Stevenson University

    Dixie D. Poe, RN (2008)
    Adjunct Instructor of Nursing
    B.S.N., Medical College of Georgia;
    M.G.A., University of Maryland University College;
    M.S., Bowie State University.

    Karen Russell, RN (2008)
    Adjunct Professor, Nursing
    A.A., College of Southern Maryland
    B.S.N., University of Maryland, Baltimore;
    M.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees

    Part-time tuition (per credit): $495
    Fees (per semester): $125

    The School of Graduate and Professional Studies partners with local hospitals to offer a tuition discount to employees who continue their education at Stevenson University in either the RN to BS, RN to MS, or Graduate Nursing programs. Eligible hospital partners are listed below.

    • Anne Arundel Health System
    • Carroll Hospital Center
    • Dimensions Health System
      • Bowie Health Center
      • Dimensions Surgery Center
      • Glenridge Medical Center
      • Laurel Regional Hospital
      • Prince George's Hospital Center
      • Rachel H. Pemberton Senior Center
    • Frederick Memorial Hospital
    • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
    • Holy Cross Hospital
    • Lifebridge Health
      • Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Hospital and Center
      • Northwest Hospital
      • Sinai Hospital
    • Med Star Franklin Square Medical Center
    • Med Star Union Memorial Hospital
    • Mercy Health Systems
      • Mercy Hospital
      • Stella Maris
    • St. Agnes Hospital
    • University of Maryland Medical Center
    • University of Maryland Shore Regional Health
      • Chester River Hospital Center
      • Dorchester General Hospital
      • The Memorial Hospital at Easton
    • Upper Chesapeake Health Systems
      • Harford Memorial Hospital
      • Upper Chesapeake Medical Center

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