Fast-Track Master's Nursing Programs

Petition for Graduate Study

If you are a current undergraduate nursing student and have a GPA of 3.3 or higher in your junior nursing courses, you may petition to complete graduate-level coursework at the end of your second semester junior clinical year and thus shorten the time needed to complete a M.S. in Nursing.

The accelerated option allows specific graduate-level courses to be taken and for one course to fulfill a designated undergraduate requirement. This shortens graduate degree requirements without compromising didactic and clinical learning experiences.

Fast-Track Option for Traditional Nursing Students

If you are beginning the Nursing program at Fisher, you will follow the curriculum of the Traditional Nursing B.S. Program with the following additions/substitutions:

First Semester Senior Year (S1)

GNUR 505 - Advanced Practice in the Care of Families (2) –OR–
GNUR 506 - Population Health & Epidemiology (2) –OR–
GNUR 507 - Health Policy (2) –OR–
GNUR 508 - Healthcare Delivery Systems (2)

–AND/OR–

Second Semester Senior Year (S2)

GNUR 509 - Professional and Systems Leadership (3) –in place of–
NURS 446 - Nursing Leadership & Patient-Centered Care III, and lab (3)

You may petition to take courses in the graduate program after all NURS 300-level undergraduate courses have been completed.

Application deadline for graduate courses is July 1 for fall admission and January 1 for spring admission.

If you are interested in this accelerated program, consult your advisor and the graduate program director during your junior year at St. John Fisher College.

Fast-Track Option for RN to BSN Online Students

If you are enrolled in the RN to BSN Online program and have a GPA of 3.3 or higher in your nursing courses, you may petition to complete graduate-level coursework after completing four undergraduate online RN to BSN courses and thus shorten the time needed to complete the M.S. in Nursing degree.

The Fast-Track program allows you to substitute two graduate courses for undergraduate nursing courses as follows:

  • GNUR 507 – Health Policy (2) –and– GNUR 508 – Healthcare Delivery Systems (2)
    in place of NURS 458 – Contemporary Professional Issues (4)

–AND/OR–

  • GNUR 543 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
    in place of NURS 459 – Capstone Professional Portfolio (3)

You may petition to take graduate courses after completing four undergraduate online RN to BSN courses with a GPA of 3.3 by submitting the Petition for Graduate Courses [pdf]

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