PIU's RN to MS Nursing program is designed to provide a state-of-the-art credential for nursing professionals aspiring to leadership roles.

It has been developed to reflect the increasing complexity of the healthcare environment to equip nursing professionals with 21st century competencies and skills. Our program draws on AACN’s Vision for Academic Nursing. As the executive summary notes: “... the complexity of healthcare delivery and patient/population health needs continue to grow, education preparation for the entry to professional nursing practice is expected to evolve to a generalist master’s degree at some point in the future ... master’s entry programs would provide education for strengthened competencies in organizational and systems thinking, quality improvement and safety, care coordination, interprofessional communication, and team-based care and leadership."

PIU's MSN degree offers three tracks. The Generalist track requires the completion of 36 core credits and additional practicum electives. Students have the option of choosing the MSN Educator track and completing 6 Nurse Educator credits to earn the specialization. Students may also choose the Leadership and Management track and complete 9 Leadership Track Courses in addition to a 4 credit practicum.

*Subject to TRACS approval.

Admissions Requirements

  • GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Active, unencumbered RN license
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Completed application with Piedmont International University

Graduation Requirements

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at PIU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Piedmont International University.