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School of Nursing

Online ADN to MSN

Associate Degree in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing

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ADN to MSN Program

School of Nursing

Your bridge to a higher level of nursing practice.

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If you hold an ADN and plan to pursue an MSN, this program eliminates repetition, allows you to progress at your own pace, and shortens your time to graduation. Advance your career and achieve your goals quicker and with less expense.

Classes start in August and January.

All course work is done online and practicums take place in your community, so you can earn your degree where you live and work.  

Tell Me More: graduate.nursing@bakerU.edu

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Complete Baker’s online program in as little as three years.

Once you complete the seven bachelor’s-level bridge courses (you may be able to transfer credit for three of the courses or test out of them), you will begin the MSN program.

Nurses with master’s degrees are in high demand as expert clinicians, nurse executives, clinical educators, health policy consultants, and research assistants. Choose from two MSN tracks:

  • Nursing administration
  • Nursing education

Learn More About the MSN Program

Admissions Requirements

  • A 3.0 overall and nursing GPA. Students below this level may apply for conditional admission.
    (Students who are conditionally admitted must maintain a B average throughout the transition course sequence.)
  • Completion of at least 70 credit hours at the undergraduate level.
  • Graduation from a state-approved and nationally accredited nursing school (ACEN/NLNAC).
  • Unencumbered RN license.
  • Students enrolled in the MSN program must have 1,800 practice hours as an RN before beginning the NU 590 Complex Care Management Practicum.

Application Process

To complete the application process, please follow these steps:

  • Submit completed online application.
  • Submit a goal statement: a one- to two-page essay describing personal and professional goals, including how graduate nursing study at Baker University will enable achievement of these goals. (Upload as part of online application.)
  • Provide two letters of reference:
    • Students who have graduated within the past 5 years must submit one letter from the director of the ADN program and a clinical faculty member.
    • Students who graduated more than 5 years ago must submit two letters of reference from a manager or supervisor and a professional colleague.
  • Request official transcripts be sent to incoming.transcripts@bakerU.edu or mailed to Baker University, Attn: Admissions, 7301 College Blvd., Suite 100, Overland Park, KS 66210.

 

Curriculum

ADN to MSN Bachelor's-Level Bridge Courses

Bridge Course Tuition & Fees

Tuition
$100

per credit hour

Technology Fee
$40

per course

Liability Insurance
$15

annually

Background Check
$79

one time

Drug & Alcohol Screen
$49

at admission and as required

Software Rental Fee
$50

maximum of two times

Graduation Fee
$125

one time, nonrefundable

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Students who wish to be considered for financial aid are required to fill out two forms: the Baker University Application for Scholarship and Financial Aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Three types of aid are available to those who qualify: grants, scholarships, and loans. Grants and scholarships do not need to be repaid. Student loans are repaid after graduation.

Follow these steps:

  1. Submit an Application for Admission and Financial Aid.
  2. Complete the FAFSA.
  3. Complete the entrance counseling and loan application online if you want to use federal student loan eligibility. Use your FSA ID to sign in.
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Grants, Loans & Scholarships

Grants
Federal Pell Grants are based on FAFSA results. They are not available to students with a bachelor’s degree.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants are for students who are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant.

Kansas Comprehensive Grants are available to full-time Kansas residents and are based on need. You must be enrolled in 12 hours per semester and maintain a 2.0 grade point average. They are not available to students with a bachelor’s degree. FAFSA must be completed annually by April 1.

Scholarships

Outside Scholarships: Baker’s quarterly Outside Scholarship Newsletter lists many scholarship opportunities.

Payment Options

Baker offers interest-free payment plans for students who choose to extend payments. The total amount due for the year after scholarships, grants, and loans are deducted is divided into payments beginning as early as July preceding the fall semester. Contact Nelnet Campus Commerce for additional information.

Loans

Federal Direct Stafford Loans fall into two categories: fall into two categories: subsidized and unsubsidized. Subsidized loans are based on need and the federal government pays the interest while you are in school. Unsubsidized loans are not based on need, and the federal government does not pay the interest while you’re in school.  You have the option of paying the interest while you’re in school or having it added to the principle when you go into repayment. A FAFSA is required annually.

Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) are not based on need, but a FAFSA form must be filed. The maximum your parent may borrow is the cost of attendance minus any financial aid that you receive.

Alternative Loans – A variety of alternative private credit-based student loans are available. Information about these loans is available from Baker’s Financial Aid Office.

We recommend that you exhaust all federal student loan eligibility before applying for a private credit loan. Private credit loans can help bridge the gap between the actual cost of your education and the amount the government allows you to borrow. Private loans are credit based and lenders will review your history of borrowing money and paying it back; therefore, they can be denied.

Here is a list of lenders that Baker University has worked with: elmselect.com. Enter Baker University and choose undergraduate.

All freshmen must have a credit-worthy coborrower, and upperclassmen with weak credit history may be required to have a coborrower. Repayment begins six months after you graduate, leave school, or drop to less than half-time enrollment. The minimum monthly payment is typically $50, and flexible repayment options are available.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Mary Hobus, dean of the School of Nursing

Mary Hobus
Dean of the School of Nursing, Professor; RN, MS, PhD
B.S.N. Saint Mary of the Plains College, M.S.N. Andrews University, Ph.D. Marquette University
Office: School of Nursing
785.354.5853
mary.hobus@stormontvail.org

Libby Rosen
Professor; RN, PhD
B.S.N. Washburn University, Ph.D. (Nursing) University of Kansas
Expertise: maternal and child nursing
Office: School of Nursing
785.354.5859
lrosen@stormontvail.org

Christina Barker
Christina Barker
Technology Coordinator, Clinical Instructor; BSN, RN
D.N.P. Pittsburgh State University (in process), M.S.N.University of Kansas, B.S.N. Baker University School of Nursing
Expertise: pediatric intensive care
Office: School of Nursing
785.354.5851
cbarker@stormontvail.org

Marlene Eicher

Marlene Eicher
Assistant Professor; RN, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
D.N.P. Pittsburgh State University (in process), B.S.N. Baker University, M.S.N. Washburn University
Expertise: adult health nursing, surgical care, diabetes management
Office: School of Nursing
785.354.5873
meicher@stormontvail.org

Denise Johnson
Assistant Professor; RN, BSN, MSN, APRN
Ph.D. in Nursing University of Kansas (in process), B.S.N., M.S.N. University of Kansas
Office: School of Nursing
785.354.5115
lynda.johnson@stormontvail.org

Amanda Schuster

Amanda Schuster
Assistant Professor; MSN, BSN, RN
Ph.D. University of Northern Colorado (in process), B.S.N. University of Arkansas, M.S.N. Fort Hays State University
Expertise: nursing foundations
Office: School of Nursing
785.354.5878
aschuste@stormontvail.org

Ashley Seematter

Ashley Seematter
Instructor; BSN, RN
M.S.N. Baker University, B.S.N. Fort Hays State University
Expertise: nursing simulation
Office: School of Nursing
785.354.5879
aseematt@stormontvail.org

Jeanne Mann
Jeanne Mann
Assistant Dean, Graduate Program; RN, PhD, CNE
B.S.N. Wichita State University, M.S.N., M.S., Ed.S. Fort Hays State, Ph.D. (Ed) University of Kansas
Expertise: health assessment, mental and adult health
Office: School of Nursing
785.354.5837
jemann@stormontvail.org

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