Advanced to MSN (A2M)

Formerly known as the Advance 2 MSN program.

The Advanced to MSN (A2M) program is designed for students who already hold a baccalaureate degree and wish to achieve a BSN and MSN plus qualify to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Students finish the program with an MSN/Leadership focus. This intensive 24-month program builds upon the student's previous education.

The A2M program is designed for bachelor's degree holders seeking a new career in nursing. It particularly addresses the critical demand for graduate-level nurses in underserved and rural communities. Aiming to enhance diversity in the field, we welcome applicants from various backgrounds, offering them a unique opportunity to redirect their skills into nursing.

With a history of highly motivated applicants, the A2M program is committed to providing comprehensive support. We mirror our Advance 2 BSN program's impressive 97% retention rate and 95%+ NCLEX pass rate, ensuring you have the best possible chance of success. This includes an ongoing remediation program and access to numerous educational resources.

A2M Information Session

We will have an Information Session on July 11 from 12-1 pm.

Register for the Information Session

A2M Program Information

  • Applications are due December 1, 2024
  • One cohort of approximately 30-40 students is accepted each year. Each cohort begins in January and completes requirements 24 months later.
  • The program aligns with traditional BSN outcomes, with extra emphasis on Graduate Studies.
  • Follows the core MSN curriculum with specialty courses in leadership.
  • Classes are held on weekdays in the summer semesters. In the fall and spring semesters, classes are held on weekdays with clinicals on either weekdays or weekends. A flexible schedule is necessary to meet clinical requirements.
  • For questions about the program please first read the A2M Application Guide and Handbook.
  • For questions about the online application procedures please contact Graduate Admissions or call 610-436-2279.

Admissions Process:

  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university 
  • Verification of completed prerequisites courses which includes Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Chemistry, Statistics, Developmental Psychology, Nutrition, Microbiology, and Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2 (with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above within the last 5 years for Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2)
  • Official academic transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended, demonstrating a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or better
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TEAS score of 75 or better
  • All pre-requisite courses must be completed by the onset of the program.
  • Candidate reviews begin in August. or after a significant number of applications are verified. As the program utilizes rolling admissions, it may be to a candidate’s advantage to apply as early as possible.

Contact Information

Jacquelyn Owens DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC
Department of Nursing
Graduate Coordinator
West Chester University

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