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Nursing - RN to MSN Articulation Agreement and Transfer Guide for Montcalm Community College

Ferris Program: Nursing - RN to MSN
Degree Type: Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing
Ferris College: College of Health Professions
Transfer School: Montcalm Community College
Consortium Eligible: Yes
Articulation Agreement: Yes
Total Credits Required: 157-158
Catalog Year: 2022-2023
The effective dates for this articulation agreement are July 15, 2022 - July 15, 2025.

General Education Requirements

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39-40 Credits Required

Students are encouraged to work with an advisor to select appropriate general education courses. Diversity Competency - 2 Courses Required. If not met by courses taken for Culture, Self and Society, or MTA, a student must meet the following: 1 course with the Global Diversity attribute and 1 course with the U.S. Diversity attribute.

Visit the Ferris State general education page for more information.

  •  Communication Competency
    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    COMM 105 Interpersonal Communication  3 COMM 220
    ENGL 150 English 1 3 ENGL 100
    ENGL 250 English 2 3 ENGL 101
    ENGL 321 Advanced Composition 3 No Equivalent
  •  Quantitative Literacy
    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    MATH 114 or MATH 115 or MATH 116 or MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning for Professionals 2 or Intermediate Algebra or Intermediate Algebra and Numerical Trigonometry or Contemporary Mathematics 4 or 3 or 4 or 4 No Equivalent or
    MATH 104 or 
    MATH 105 or
    No Equivalent or
    MATH 102 or
    MATH 103
  •  Natural Sciences Competency

    Two courses are required with a minimum of 6 credits: must have at least one lab course.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    BIOL 251 Human Anatomy 3 BIOL 202
    BIOL 252 Human Physiology 3 BIOL 203
  •  Cultural Competency

    Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one at FSU 200 level or higher course.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    PHIL 320 Biomedical Ethics 3 PHIL 222
    Varies Culture Electives (Consult Advisor) 6 Varies
  •  Self and Society Competency

    Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one at FSU 200 level or higher course, and at least one Self and Society Foundation course.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    PSYC 150 Introduction to Psychology 3 PSYC 120
    PLSC 121 American Government 1 - People and Politics 3 POLI 240
    PSYC 345
    or
    PSYC 341 
    Psychology Death and Dying or
    Child Psychology
    3 PHIL 230
    or
    PSYC 221

RN to BSN College Requirements

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81 Credits Required

 
  •  College of Health Professions (COHP) Core Curriculum

    11 Credits Required. COHP 100, COHP 101, and COHP 102 can be met with a Registered Nurse (RN) license or associate degreee in nursing. 

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    COHP 100 Orientation to Medical Vocabulary 1 Varies
    COHP 101 The United States Health Care System 3 Varies
    COHP 102 Safety Issues in Health Care 1 Varies
    COHP 350 Statistics in Health Care 3 MATH 190
    COHP 450 Evidence-Based Health Care 3 No Equivalent
  •  Major Courses for RN to BSN Bridgework

    65 Credits Required. A Registered Nurse (RN) license or associate degree in nursing satisfies 40 of the 65 credits required. 

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    NURS AAS ADN or Diploma RN Program 40 Varies
    NURS 320 RN to BSN Skills Acquisition 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 324 Transition into Professional Nursing 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 310 Population Based Health Promotion 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 340 Community Nursing 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 440 Leadership in Nursing 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 450 Nursing Capstone 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 495 Senior Capstone Leadership Practicum 4 No Equivalent
    (Choose 1 of 8)
    COHP 300
    Health Informatics 3 No Equivalent
    (Choose 1 of 8)
    NURS 300
    Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice 3 No Equivalent
    (Choose 1 of 8)
    NURS 314
    Gerontological Nursing 3 No Equivalent
    (Choose 1 of 8)
    NURS 315
    End of Life Nursing Care 3 No Equivalent
    (Choose 1 of 8)
    NURS 316
    Transcultural Nursing 3 No Equivalent
    (Choose 1 of 8)
    NURS 317
    Sprituality in Nursing Care 3 No Equivalent
    (Choose 1 of 8)
    NURS 319
    Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness 3 No Equivalent
    (Choose 1 of 8)
    Varies
    Elective Course (Advisor Approval)  3 Varies
  •  Electives (Consult Advisor)

    5 Credits Required. In order to graduate with a bachelor's degree, a student must have a minimum of 120 credits and 40 credits of 300-level or higher courses must be earned. The electives required for each student may vary depending on courses taken. Based on how a student meets the programmatic requirements, they may need more or less than 5 credits of elective courses to meet the required 120 credit minimum.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    Varies Electives (Consult Advisor) 5 Varies

Master of Science in Nursing Requirements

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37 Credits Required

 
  •  Nursing (NURS) Core Curriculum

    18 Credits Required. 

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    NURS 501 Introduction to Advanced Nursing Roles 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 511 Organizational and Systems Leadership 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 521 Health Care Systems, Policy and Advocacy 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 531 Critique of Evidence for Practice 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 541 Quality Improvement and Safety 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 551 Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 No Equivalent
  •  Integration of Knowledge

    10 Credits Required. Prior to enrolling in NURS 711 and 712, students must have taken all courses within the Nursing Core section, as well as taken all of the courses within their chosen concentration; see the Concentration section.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    NURS 711 Clinical Practicum Preparation 1 2 No Equivalent
    NURS 712 Clinical Practicum Preparation 2 2 No Equivalent
    NURS 791 Clinical Practicum 1 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 792 Clinical Practicum 2 3 No Equivalent
  •  Electives (Consult Advisor)

    Two electives are available as elective courses, but not required for completion of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. NURS 502 is a writing course for students who may want to improve skills in this area and prepare for publication in the future. NURS 602 is a statistics course intended to prepare students who may be planning to continue on for a doctoral degree, as a statistics course is often a requirement to enter these programs.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    NURS 502 Scholarly Writing in Healthcare 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 602 Statistics for Nursing Science 3 No Equivalent

Concentration

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9 Credits Required (Advisor Approval)

Choose One Concentration
  •  Nursing Education Concentration (NEDU)
    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    NURS 601 Curriculum Design in Nursing Education 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 611 Teaching Methods in Nursing Education 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 621 Advanced Physical Assessment, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacotherapeutics 3 No Equivalent
  •  Nursing Administration Concentration (NADM)
    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    NURS 631 Leadership Role for Nurse Administrators 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 651 Leadership in Resource Management 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 825 Healthcare Program Development 3 No Equivalent
  •  Nursing Informatics Concentration (NINF)
    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    NURS 641 Leadership Role for Informatics Nurse Specialist 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 671 Data Management and Analytics 3 No Equivalent
    NURS 820 Informatics for Leadership 3 No Equivalent

Program Contact Information

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College of Health Professions
School of Nursing
(231) 591-2259
[email protected]

Ferris Statewide - Montcalm Community College
(616) 451-4777
[email protected]

Ferris Online
(231) 591-2340
[email protected]

Admission Requirements

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New Student Admission Requirements

  • Completed application for admission. 
  • Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree with an overall GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). 
  • Hold licensure as a Registered Nurse; Michigan licensure or eligibility. 
  • Have clinical nursing experience; recommended two (2) years of experience. 
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Ferris graduates need not submit transcripts for coursework completed at Ferris. 
  • Submit a current, professional resume or curriculum vitae. 
  • Submit a 1-2-page letter of intent stating your professional goals and how the MSN program can assist you in meeting your goals. RN to MSN candidates may submit their RN to MSN Service-Learning synthesis paper. 
  • Request two (2) professional references from individuals familiar with academic or professional backgrounds and can provide an assessment of the applicant’s current work quality and ability to complete graduate education successfully. 
  • International students whose first (native) language is not English need to have English proficiency test scores sent directly from the testing agency to demonstrate meeting the Ferris standards for English proficiency (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo).
Provisional Admission may be granted in cases where selected admission criteria have not been demonstrated. The Graduate Program Coordinator will make recommendations to the Chair of the School of Nursing, whose approval is required. If provisional admission is granted, the student must complete nine (9) semester hours of graduate work with a 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) or clear any deficiencies to qualify for regular admission.

These requirements also apply to Transfer Students.

More Information

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Select courses may be delivered online and/or in a mixed delivery format (i.e. a mix of online and face-to-face instruction at the Ferris Main Campus or at a statewide location).

To fulfill the residency requirement for a bachelor’s degree a student must earn a minimum of 30 credits from Ferris State University.

Steps to Apply

  • Complete your free application.
  • Submit official transcripts
    • Submit official transcripts from every school attended to [email protected]
    • Or mail to:
      Ferris State University Admissions Office
      1201 S. State St., CSS 201
      Big Rapids, MI 49307
  • Submit test scores (if required)
    • ACT Scores; go to the ACT website - Ferris State University School Code: 1994
    • SAT, CLEP and AP Sores; go to the College Board website - Ferris State University School Code: 1222

Advising Notes

It is recommended that potential applicants meet with an advisor to review the degree, course schedule, transfer policies and have any questions answered prior to completing an application. Ferris accepts transfer courses in which the student earned a letter grade of "C" or better. Additional policies such as the Ferris Sunset and Residency Requirement should be discussed with a Ferris advisor. Students who are completing the MTA may have different general education course requirements for the particular degree selected.

Meeting with a Ferris advisor prior to the selection of general education or elective coursework may reduce the chance of completing a course that will not apply toward the selected degree. Students must work with their Ferris advisor to declare a Minor or Concentration and for the selection of Directed Electives.

Once admitted, students are required to complete an orientation and should continue to meet with an advisor as they work toward graduation.

To schedule an appointment or for additional transfer resources and policies see our Transfer Resource page.

*Indicates an approved Ferris course substitution

Reverse Transfer Agreement

Ferris has reverse transfer agreements with several Michigan Community Colleges. Under such agreement, Ferris will provide your official University transcript to a partner school you have attended, so that they may grant you an associate or bachelor's degree upon completion of sufficient and appropriate credit hours from both institutions. In turn, the degree-granting institution will provide Ferris with an updated transcript reflecting the newly earned credential.

Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Ferris participates in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). This agreement will facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from one Michigan institution to another. Students may complete the MTA as part of a degree program or as a stand-alone package. The MTA consists of a minimum of 30 general education credit hours as identified by the college or university.

Students transferring to Ferris with the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and entering a degree program will have met a 30-hour block of lower-level general education courses. However, this does not exempt students from completing program-specific prerequisites or higher-level general education course requirements. Students should contact their advisor regarding classes that meet the MTA.

Transfer Equivalencies Tools

The transfer equivalencies link is located in the Transfer Resources section at transfer.ferris.edu.

Disclaimer

Transfer guides are not intended to be a contract with Ferris. The information in this guide is subject to change and is aligned with the catalog year listed above. Students should contact their community college and/or Ferris to keep informed of changes. Students' final responsibility for verifying all transfer information lies with the student. Please refer to the Ferris catalog for the most current curriculum.

Partners may contact the Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships with questions or updates at [email protected].