Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)

Discover the RN to MSN direct pathway, tailored for licensed registered nurses with a non-nursing bachelor's degree. Applicants have the flexibility to choose from three MSN concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nursing Education, and Nursing Leadership. This option streamlines the pathway to a Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN), eliminating the need for students to complete all undergraduate nursing courses for a BSN degree. Please note that selecting the RN to MSN pathway does not automatically result in the award of a BSN degree, unless additional coursework is pursued.

RN to MSN Pathway Application Process

    1. Carefully review the admission criteria. View Admission Criteria >
    2. Contact the MSN program director, Dr. Jason Sasser at jsasser@memphis.edu or the graduate academic services coordinator, Leila Schroeder, at msn@memphis.edu.
    3. You will be advised of the following steps:
      1. Apply to the university as an undergraduate, non-degree seeking student. Apply Here > 
      2. Once admitted, please email your U number to msn@memphis.edu and you will be given instructions on how to register for the follow prerequisite nursing courses: (NURS 3007, 4108, & 4111).
      3. During the semester of completing the last of the three prerequisite courses, apply to the MSN program/concentration chosen. Apply to MSN Program > 

    *All general MSN admission criteria must be met to be considered for admission (except for a BSN degree).

To be admitted via the RN to MSN pathway, the student must complete three (3) undergraduate prerequisite nursing courses with a grade of C or better taken at LCON:

  • NURS 3007 Professional Nursing for RNs** Credit Hours: (3)
  • NURS 4108 Transcultural Nursing of Diverse Populations** Credit Hours: (3)
  • NURS 4111 Evidence-based Practice & Research in Nursing for RNs** Credit Hours: (3) 

Those applying via the RN to MSN pathway may have never taken formal courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology, or health assessment (commonly called “The 3 Ps). Nurses with a BSN and/or MSN should be competent in these topics. FNP and Nursing Education students will take graduate level courses in these topics. However, these topics are not included in the Nursing Leadership curriculum.

Nursing Leadership applicants must complete prerequisite nursing courses in Health Assessment, Pharmacology, and Pathophysiology via one of the following methods:

  • Completion of undergraduate or graduate Health Assessment, Pharmacology, and Pathophysiology courses with a grade of C or better.
  • Credit by examination for these three undergraduate courses (fees apply).
  • Completion of graduate NURS 7105 & 7106 Health Assessment, Pharmacology, and Pathophysiology for Nurse Educators with Lab.
  • Courses may also be transferred in on a case-by-case basis.  


For detailed information about the MSN program, including policies, course names and descriptions, visit the Graduate Catalog

Admissions Information >


Contact Us

Jason Sasser
Dr. Jason Sasser 
MSN Program Director
Nursing Education Concentration Director

Leila Schroeder
Leila Schroeder
Graduate Academic Services Coordinator

Tracy Collins
Dr. Tracy Collins
Director MSN-FNP