RN to MSN Overview

The RN to MSN program is designed in order that the Registered Nurse without the bachelor degree progresses through to the master level with as few redundancies as possible. The RN to MSN students may choose up to 10 credits from selected graduate level courses in order to complete the BSN. This course work may be applied to the master’s degree at Franciscan University. The RN will be awarded the BSN upon completion of all course work and the sufficient number of credits required for the undergraduate degree. The student will then progress through the master’s degree program in the educational track of their choice.

Students wishing to enter this educational track should meet with their academic advisor for further details regarding this special program.

RN to MSN who take graduate level courses prior to earning the BSN will pay the graduate tuition rate for those graduate level courses if the number of credits exceeds 18 credits in a semester.

Graduate Nursing Programs

Caring for the Body, Mind, and Soul, One Person at a Time.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, the masters degree in nursing, and the post graduate APRN certificate program at Franciscan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. It is designed to facilitate the education of men and women as generalists and advanced practice nurses in the professional practice of nursing. To this end, the faculty and students are supportive of Catholic and Christian values and the dignity of the human person from conception to a natural death. To advance this mission, the Department is centered on nursing as a healing ministry, which is focused on the health of a person in his/her environment. The nursing department is further dedicated to the promotion of learning, academic excellence in teaching, and is supportive of professional nursing standards and the process of evidence based nursing practice. The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing program is to facilitate the education preparation of registered nurses into the roles of advanced practice nurses.

The Master of Science in Nursing program is designed as a six semester program that includes fall, spring and summer terms. The student may enter the program at the beginning of any semester, however the length of the time to complete the program may be determined by the point of entry into the system. The courses run sequentially with only certain courses offered each semester. The full load for the graduate student is nine credits. It is not recommended that a student take more than the proposed course work during any term. Part time study is available, the student should seek advice from an academic advisor concerning appropriate part time scheduling.

Your clinical experience can be performed in a variety of health care settings like physician offices, clinics, urgent care centers, and rehabilitation units. Examples include various area physician offices, Trinity Health System Urgent Care, Minute Clinic, Walgreens Clinics, CHANGE Inc, Weirton Medical Center, Wheeling Hospital, Doctor’s Urgent Care, EZCareWalk In Medical, and Reynolds Memorial Hospital. These settings include over 300 preceptors who are contracted with Franciscan University. Through this network we have built strong and trusting relationships with these providers, which will only enhance your practical experience during clinicals and beyond. Many of these organizations have hired our graduates.

Our graduates are employed in physicians’ offices and emergency departments as hospitalists; specializing in psychiatry, dermatology, cardiology, pulmonary, orthopedics, and private practice just to name a few.

A post master certificate program is available for those students who have previously earned a master degree in nursing.


The curriculum consists of three components:

  • The graduate nursing core curriculum: 22 credits
  • The advanced practice nursing core curriculum: 9 credits
  • The specialization core curriculum: 15 to 17 credits
Important Information

Health Requirements

Students admitted to the graduate nursing program are required to have a health examination prior to clinical experiences. Subsequent yearly health examinations or health requirements are contingent on those set by clinical facilities. Students are generally accountable to the same health standard as the facility employees in order to assure safe practice within those facilities.

Liability Insurance

Each student in the master’s program must provide proof of the proper liability insurance coverage for an Advanced Practice Nurse, if not covered by Franciscan University’s policy. The insurance must be approved by your advisor. The cost for liability insurance through Franciscan University is $25 for the MSN student as of Fall 2015. The University will automatically charge the fee for clinical practice and liability insurance to clinical students’ accounts. Students already possessing liability insurance must show proof of coverage and payment to avoid charges for insurance.

Dress Code at Preceptor Sites

Graduate students at preceptor sites represent the advanced professional role of the Registered Nurse and are representatives of Franciscan University of Steubenville. Therefore proper professional appearance is imperative. The graduate student must adhere to the required dress code in agreement with the assigned clinical placement. A student name tag, which states that the student is a Franciscan University of Steubenville graduate student, with his/her name and title in full view, must be worn.

Transportation Requirements

Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to clinical sites.

Program Admissions

How to Apply for Admissions

Gaining admission to the MS in Nursing program is simple, and we are ready to help you navigate the process. Here are the things we need:

  • Application
  • Official Bachelor Transcript and Official Transcripts with Relevant Transfer Credit
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Email them to GradAdmissions@franciscan.edu

Or mail them to:

Graduate Admissions
1235 University Blvd.
Steubenville, Ohio 43952

Associated Costs

The costs associated with MS in Nursing program include:

  • $525 per credit hour x 36 hours = $18,900

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help please contact Graduate Admissions at GradAdmissions@franciscan.edu or (740) 284-5239

Academic Catalog

View the Graduate Nursing Program on the Graduate Catalog

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Nursing Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the post graduate APRN certificate program at Franciscan University all are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. All comments to be directed to ccneaccreditation.org or to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 887-6791

Program Evaluation

The undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs are evaluated through a number of indicators, including pass rates on licensure and certification exams, graduation rates, retention rates, and employment rates. Please see the following link for data on these program outcomes indicators.

Academic Excellence

Medical Research at Franciscan University

Formation for Med School

Preparation for Med School

Graduate Nursing Faculty

Prof. Sunni Burnett

Director of the Graduate Nurse Practitioner Program

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Dr. Harris

Dr. Kevin J. Harris


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Prof. Diann Schmitt


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