Take a fast-track approach to your professional future by
obtaining a BSN and credits toward a Master's in Nursing. In
Carlow's accelerated nursing program, you may earn up to 12
master's nursing credits by the completion of your BSN degree. You
will build upon your experience and skills as a working nurse to
advance your career and strengthen your abilities as a nurse.
This fast-track nursing program requires 120 credits for
graduation. Of this total, 30 credits are advanced standing for an
RN license, 24 credits are in the nursing major, and 66 credits are
in general education and liberal arts, including University core
The accelerated program prepares academically qualified Carlow nursing majors to take a fast-track approach toward their professional future that includes graduate education and advanced practice roles. Students who qualify for this program may earn up to 12 master’s nursing credits by the completion of their BSN degree at Carlow University.
- MSN: Nurse Practitioner
(Family/Individual Across Lifespan)
- MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
- MSN: Nursing Concentration in Education and Leadership Online
- Dual Degree MSN in Education and Leadership/Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
RN-BSN to MSN Admissions Requirements
To be considered for admission, you must:
- Have a current, valid, active, unrestricted license as a
registered nurse in the state in which you are practicing.
- Meet the University and clinical agency health
- Achieve a cumulative grade point average of greater or equal to
3.0 while at Carlow.
- Achieve a minimum grade of B* in the accelerated MSN courses
to continue in the accelerated program.
*If you obtain a passing grade below a B, you may finish in the
RN to BSN program (not continuing in the MSN); however, you may
apply directly to the MSN program after earning your BSN degree. A
grade below B in an MSN course must be repeated if accepted into
the MSN program.
A Registered Nursing License in the state where the nurse is currently practicing is required. An RN-BSN nursing major requires 120 credits for graduation. Of this total, 30 credits are advanced standing for RN license, 24 credits are in the nursing major, and 66 credits are in general education, support, and liberal arts, including University core requirements.
Prerequisites: Undergraduate nursing, and University support courses must be completed before beginning accelerated MSN courses.
Where Our Graduates Go
This is just a small sample of where
recent graduates of Carlow are working:
- UPMC Passavant, Shadyside, St. Margaret
- Excela Health
- Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
- Allegheny General Hospital
- Memorial Hermann Health System
- Freemont Dermatology
- Department of Veteran Affairs
- Penn State
- Monongahela Valley Hospital
- American Red Cross
RN-BSN to MSN CurriculumNotable Courses
NU 737 GN Healthcare Ethics & Policy
The focus of this course is the confluence of ethics, healthcare
policy, and politics. It examines the influence of politics on the
development of current health care policies and the delivery of
health care. The student is introduced to a range of policy
questions and principles of ethics that impact
healthcare. This course includes an overview of healthcare
policymaking in the United States as well as the role of the
'leader as advocate' in ethics and policy. The role of the
healthcare provider is analyzed in relation to development of
health policy in the delivery of health care. Specific
consideration is placed on the understanding of the legislative and
organizational processes, current ethical health issues, and the
effect of health policy on care and diverse populations.
NU705: Nursing Leadership
This course focuses on theoretical foundations and conceptual
principles of nursing leadership and the skills necessary to
practice leadership competently in healthcare environments,
recognizing that organizational and systems leadership are critical
to the promotion of high quality and safe patient care. Leadership
skills are needed that emphasize ethical and critical decision
making, effective working relationships, and a
systems-perspective. The course is designed to enhance
leadership self-awareness and to encourage students to fashion
personal perspectives on how to lead professionally.
Analyzing trends and issues in the current health care system that
have implications for exercising leadership will help students
determine the way they can make a difference.
NU 712 Professional Collaboration and
This course provides students with an exploration of advanced
nursing roles focusing on the areas of professional collaboration
and communications. Strategies to assess and improve professional
communications are introduced. Key concepts including motivation
and individual behavior, interpersonal and group behavior job
satisfaction work stress and culture, and influences of micro-,
meso-, and macro-organizational behaviors are explored. Students
will learn how to develop and use performance management to
evaluate individual and group outcomes and link behaviors to
This is just a small
sample of the variety of classes you'll be
taking. For more details about these classes and more, please visit
the Course Catalog section
of our website or request more
information to hear from an Admissions
When Weiwen Wang moved to Pittsburgh from China years ago, she knew for sure that she wanted to become a nurse, despite the language barrier and the challenge. She thinks it is a true privilege to be trusted and have the ability to take care of people when they are vulnerable. Weiwen transferred to Carlow as an adult student. She completed the RN-BSN program at Carlow while working as a bedside nurse at one of the best hospitals in the country. The excellent experience with Carlow’s faculty made Weiwen decide to continue her education here. She was accepted to Carlow’s graduate school by the end of her undergraduate program. Weiwen is currently going to school to become a Family Nurse Practitioner with the goal of helping more people as a healthcare provider in the future. Advice: “You might not be at where you want to be in life now, but one day you will be braver, wiser, and stronger than you could ever imagine. When you look back, you will appreciate all the hard work you did that made who you are”.