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School of Nursing

Online ADN to MSN

Associate Degree in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing


Marlene Eicher

School of Nursing

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

Build on Your Education With Baker’s ADN to MSN Program


If you already hold an ADN and are ready to pursue your MSN, then this Baker University program is designed just for you.

We designed our ADN to MSN program to eliminate repetition, allow you to progress at your own pace, and help you graduate faster. You can advance your career in less time—and with lower costs.

The same caring faculty who lead our MSN program also teach our ADN to MSN bridge program coursework. You’ll be surrounded by other students and professors who share your passion for nursing.

Are you ready to take your national certification exam? Prepare by taking a 15-week course designed specifically for nurses planning to take one of the tests.

Explore nursing education and administration before you pick your focus area.

  • MSN in Nursing Education: Build skills to shape the next generation of expert clinicians and nursing faculty.
  • MSN in Nursing Administration: Develop expertise to lead nursing teams and build practice standards.

Baker’s academic advising team acts as your partner as you earn an ADN to MSN. We’ll help you plan your courses so you can efficiently continue your education and earn a master’s degree.

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Degree Details: ADN to MSN Bridge Program

Learning doesn’t have to happen in a classroom. You can take advantage of this accelerated nursing program without relocating or leaving your full-time job.

  • Pursue your ADN to MSN online from anywhere.
  • Classes start in January and August.
  • Complete practicums in your own community.
  • Complete bridge courses and earn your MSN in as few as three years, depending on transfer credits.

Start the journey toward your MSN by taking the first step in the admissions process.


Program Highlights: Accelerated Nursing Program

After you complete seven bachelor’s-level bridge courses, you’ll be ready to start Baker’s MSN program. (You may be able to transfer credit for or test out of three of the seven courses.)

Experience these benefits in our accelerated nursing program:

Learn from exceptional faculty. Expertly trained nurse educators encourage you to think creatively, apply what you already know from your ADN program, and apply skills in new ways.

Join an accredited program. Thanks to our commitment to quality and teaching best practices for nursing care, this accelerated nursing program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Explore new opportunities. Our ADN to MSN program helps your dreams of higher education become possible sooner. Boost earning potential, build on your existing education, and make significant contributions to the health of your community.

Study while you work. We’ve taken your busy job schedule and personal life into account in every aspect of our program. This isn’t a slower-paced version of a full-time ADN to MSN program—it was designed from the ground up to be flexible and adaptable.

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Exceptional Experiences: ADN to MSN Bridge Program

Enjoy inclusivity and individuality. We keep our program small so we can be responsive to your needs. We bring our campus to you by offering full access to resources like personal career advisors who help you pick courses and practicums.

Fill critical health care roles. Nurse leaders and educators have never been more in demand. You can step up to take on impactful roles that will help shape the future of patient care for the better.

Continue your education + work. Our 24/7 flexibility means we expect you to keep your full-time job and spend time with your family during this accelerated nursing program. You can even switch between full and part time or pause for up to 12 months.

Increase earning potential. With an online nursing master’s program that leads to an MSN, you’ll be eligible for higher-paying nursing jobs that create financial security to help you collect even more return on investment from the ADN you already have.


What Can You Do With an MSN?

You’ve got excellent bedside experience—but turning your ADN into an MSN opens doors to all kinds of new opportunities.

Develop innovative professional skills. Advance to leadership positions. Help shape the future of health care.

The ADN to MSN bridge program from Baker prepares you to earn an MSN and qualify for critical nursing roles such as these:

  • Clinical educator
  • Director of nursing
  • Health care administrator
  • Nurse administrator
  • Nursing curriculum coordinator
  • Nursing supervisor
  • Patient care director
  • Research nurse

Financial Aid: ADN to MSN Program

The ADN to MSN program at Baker is more affordable than you might think. You’ll find the payback you’re looking for with Baker University’s highly ranked online programs. Grants, loans, and scholarships are all available.

Our accelerated nursing programs are recognized by SR Education Group as one of the most affordable. Baker is a top college when it comes to value.

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Example Courses: ADN to MSN

With our accelerated nursing program, you’ll take bridge courses like these:

  • Nursing of Communities With Practicum: Develop an understanding of how community-based nursing is influenced by systems for health care delivery, policies and political advocacy, transitional care and case management, and vulnerable populations.
  • Leadership and Management With Practicum: Get an overview of leadership and management theories and current issues affecting health care. You’ll build knowledge and skills related to fiscal accountability, regulatory environments, HR, and creating healthy work environments.
  • Research and Evidence-Based Practice: Gain an introduction to nursing research, including relevant terminology, processes, and techniques. Develop the analytic skills needed to read research reports and learn how to use SPSS software for data analysis.

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Related Programs at Baker University


In addition to our ADN to MSN program, Baker also offers these online nursing programs:

ADN to BSN: Boost your earning potential, enhance your decision-making skills, and build on your existing education by turning your RN into a BSN through this program designed for working nurses.

Master of Science in Nursing: Shape the next generation of health care professionals by studying nursing education or nursing administration. This program for nurses who already have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing integrates advanced nursing theory with evidence-based nursing practices.


ADN to MSN Bachelor's-Level Bridge Courses

MSN Program of Study

Meet the Faculty


Libby Rosen

Dean and Professor; RN, PhD

B.S.N. Washburn University, Ph.D. University of Kansas

Office: School of Nursing


Marlene Eicher

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Professor, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

B.S.N. Baker University, M.S.N. Washburn University, D.N.P. Pittsburg State University

Office: School of Nursing


Denise Johnson

Assistant Professor; RN, BSN, MSN, APRN

B.S.N. University of Kansas, M.S.N. University of Kansas

Office: School of Nursing


Amanda Schuster

Assistant Professor; MSN, BSN, RN

B.S.N. University of Arkansas, M.S.N. Fort Hays State University

Office: School of Nursing


Ashley Seematter

Assistant Professor; BSN, RN

B.S.N. Fort Hays State University, M.S.N. Baker University

Office: School of Nursing

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Vicky McGrath

Assistant Professor

B.S.N. Washburn University, M.B.A. Baker University, D.N.P. University of Kansas

Office: School of Nursing