Course-Based BSN to MSN

As a nurse, you have the potential to shape the future of patient care. Take your leadership and influence to a new level with the Nurse Executive specialization. In this specialization, you will:

  • Examine how effective, collaborative management can support improved patient outcomes.
  • Build critical skills in management strategy, decision-making, planning, finance, patient safety management, and human resources.

The BSN Track is for registered nurses who already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Students who enter the program with a BSN will complete the following core curriculum and then advance to the courses in the Nurse Executive specialization.

If you hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN), see the RN Track.

A Guided, Structured Path to Your MSN

The course-based format may be a good option for you if you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule. If you want a flexible learning experience with no set weekly deadlines, allowing you to make progress at your pace, on your schedule, a competency-based format is also available.

Completion Requirements

  • 53 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (23 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (25 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6002/6003 Course Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6050 Course Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6051 Course Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6052 Course Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6053 Course Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership Credits (5 cr.)

Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6201 Course Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6211 Course Finance and Economics in Healthcare Delivery Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6221 Course Managing Human Resources Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6231 Course Healthcare Systems and Quality Outcomes Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6241 Course Strategic Planning in Healthcare Organizations Credits (5 cr.)

Capstone Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6600 Course Capstone Synthesis Practicum Credits (5 cr.)

*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

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