Nurses in the simulation lab.

School of Nursing

Online ADN to MSN

Associate Degree in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing


Marlene Eicher

School of Nursing

Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs

Your bridge to a higher level of nursing practice.


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 January and August.

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

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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

  • An associate degree in nursing from a professionally accredited nursing program (ACEN, CNEA).
  • A current unencumbered license to practice professional nursing in the United States.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4-point scale in nursing and overall. Students below this level may apply for conditional admission.
  • Students who are conditionally admitted must maintain a B (3.0) average throughout the ADN to MSN bridge program.
  • Undergraduate course work in health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. Students have an option to test out for applicants with no stand-alone course.

Time limit to complete ADN to MSN degree: eight years

Application Process

To complete the application process, please follow these steps:

  • Submit completed online application.
  • Submit official transcripts: How to send transcripts to Baker
  • Submit a current resume documenting work history, including levels of responsibility, areas of professional growth, and prior professional education experiences.
  • 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.
  • Provide link to reference form to two references from academia and/or profession or work.

An individual interview may be requested or required.


ADN to MSN Bachelor's-Level Bridge Courses

Bridge Course Tuition & Fees


per credit hour

Technology Fee

per course

Liability Insurance


Background Check

one time

*$74 total if background check and drug screen are done at the same time

Drug Screen

at admission and as required

*$74 total if background check and drug screen are done at the same time

Software Rental Fee

maximum of two times

Graduation Fee

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

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.


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


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: 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


Libby Rosen

Dean and Professor; RN, PhD

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

Office: School of Nursing

Nurses in the simulation lab.



Marlene Eicher

Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, Assistant 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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