The RN to MSN option of the Villa Maria School of Nursing is designed for selected nurses holding an Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing who seek a Master's of Science in Nursing. Students in this option are not awarded a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing. Experienced registered nurses from NLN accredited programs, who have demonstrated leadership potential are eligible to apply. Students may earn credits through CLEP, challenge examinations, portfolio option courses or transfer credits. Up to thirty-two (32) nursing articulation credits are granted for previous basic nursing education.