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Program Description

La Salle’s R.N.-BSN to MSN Program is designed for the registered nurse who is committed to pursuing a Master of Science degree in Nursing. The program accelerates the student through the R.N.-BSN Program by permitting enrollment in selected graduate-level courses while completing the BSN. Specific MSN-level courses are substituted for nine credits of undergraduate work (NUR 607 Advanced Nursing Roles in Healthcare, NUR 608 Advanced Nursing Practice for Population-Based Care, and any NUR 500-level and above course). The R.N.-BSN to M.S.N. Program is for graduates of diploma and associate degree nursing programs who have made the decision to pursue master’s level education to meet career goals.



Consistent with Lasallian values, the Mission of the Nursing Program is to provide scientifically based nursing curricula to educate clinically competent, caring, nursing professionals with a commitment to excellence in practice, service, life-long learning, and scholarship.


The Nursing Program educates professionals prepared as leaders in practice, service, scholarship, and education, contributing to the advancement of the health and well-being of communities. Explore, Experience, Excel

Philosophy for Nursing Programs

Nursing is an art, science, and practice profession that provides nursing services to diverse individuals and groups. Nurses value collaborative relationships with professionals who deliver health care services and with people who are the recipients of such services. Nursing services aim at facilitating the health of people in many settings, thus fulfilling a contract between society and the profession. Nurses’ primary interests are human responses to health, illness, and healing. Nurses carry out many roles when providing safe and quality nursing interventions based on evidence.

The nursing community at La Salle respects the humanity of the people they serve and recognizes the potential for healing within the person, integrating mind, body, and spirit. Students bring their experience to the learning environment while actively engaging in a transformative process of continuing development as ethical, caring practitioners. The teaching-learning environment fosters scholarship, collegiality, respect, and collaboration among learners and teachers, resulting in informed service to others and the profession.

Program Goals

To prepare students to provide nursing services in health care agencies and communities with an emphasis on vulnerable populations.

  • Prepare students to provide professional nursing services in health care agencies and communities with an emphasis on vulnerable populations,
  • Facilitate students’ professional development in the knowledge, skills, and values to advocate for a healthy society,
  • Foster student and faculty engagement in interprofessional and collaborative health care services, programs, and research,
  • Educate students to strengthen the nursing profession and to contribute to the health of society through service and practice
  • Develop a community of life-long learners among students, faculty, alumni, and community partners.

Program Specific Information

This program serves as a bridge between the RN-BSN and the MSN degrees. Keeping with the Lasallian mission students learn to function as a leader and change agent in nursing and health care delivery systems with an emphasis on ensuring quality care for vulnerable and underserved populations.