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Online Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)

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About This Program

The online RN to MSN from American Military University (AMU) builds your leadership, management, and communication skills as a practitioner, scientist, and leader. It is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE®).

Our online MSN program offers registered nurses holding diplomas and associate degrees an accelerated pathway to earning a BSN and MSN. The program allows you to graduate faster by substituting three MSN courses for three BSN courses. You are awarded a BSN after successful completion of 120 credit hours.

The mission of the program is to provide quality, affordable, and accessible higher education to professional registered nurses by fostering lifelong learning through a spirit of inquiry in order to prepare students for service and leadership roles in a diverse and global society.

AMU’s RN to MSN program offers relevant insight on:

  • Optimizing patient outcomes
  • Population-based healthcare
  • Research- and evidence-based practice
  • Health policy
  • Grant writing

Coursework includes a 16-week practicum in your community. 

NOTE: This program has specific admission requirements.

What You Will Do

  1. Apply the principles of ethical decision making to the practice of the master’s prepared nurse
  2. Demonstrate leadership skills to support safe nursing practices and continually improve patient-centered care
  3. Advocate for healthcare policies that improve healthcare outcomes across the lifespan
  4. Translate theoretical knowledge, research and evidence-based practice to influence the delivery of high-quality, safe care to diverse populations in a variety of settings
  5. Apply data management principles in the delivery of cost-effective care to improve health outcomes
  6. Analyze how healthcare policy and health care economics affect change within the healthcare system
  7. Demonstrate effective inter-professional communication and collaboration to support safe and efficient coordination of care
  8. Reflect on personal commitment to lifelong learning to gain the competencies needed to lead the provision of care in a complex and changing healthcare environment

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Degree at a Glance

CCNE Accredited
Number of Credits
Cost Per Credit
$285 | $250*
$370 | $250*
Courses Start Monthly

Courses Start Monthly

Next Courses Start Jan 2
Register by Dec 30

Admission Requirements

This program is currently not open for admission to residents of Washington or Tennessee.

To apply to this program, you must hold the following:

  • Associate degree or diploma from an accredited or board approved institution in nursing
  • Current, active, unencumbered registered nursing (RN) license
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Signed statement of understanding
  • Current resume/CV
  • 500-600 word statement of purpose and goals for this master’s program

Please read all graduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation including a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government-issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students).

A university admissions representative will contact you via email or phone to assist you with the enrollment process, review your nursing license and documentation, and notify you when you have been admitted into the program and may register for courses.

Note: You must complete this program within 7 years of starting your first nursing (NURS) course.


The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing at American Public University System are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Program Goals

The goals of the MSN program are to prepare students to:

  1. Assume service and leadership roles and effectively employ leadership skills to affect practice changes across systems
  2. Foster a culture of personal lifelong learning and professional development to align the nursing profession with the future of health and healthcare systems
  3. Cultivate and lead collaborative inter-professional healthcare teams
  4. Provide a seamless transition for the BSN prepared Registered Nurse to earn an MSN and provide a foundation for doctoral studies in nursing
  5. Encourage licensed nurses to attain and apply specialized knowledge at the graduate level in the Nurse Educator or Nurse Leader concentration

Materials Cost

Technology fee: $65 per course | $0 for active-duty military, National Guard members, and Reservists.

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1Alumni Graduated with No APUS-incurred Student Loan Debt As of December 31, 2021

Includes alumni who graduated with an associate, bachelor's, or master's degree from APUS. Student loan debt is defined as student loans and private education loans used for tuition, fees, living expenses, and book costs associated with courses taken at APUS. Many APUS students receive military tuition assistance and veterans education benefits, which are not student loan debt.

*Cost Per Credit Hour

To minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists receive a tuition grant that caps undergraduate, master's degree, and graduate certificate tuition at $250/credit hour. In addition, a university book grant provides no-cost textbooks and ebooks for all undergraduates and military-tuition-grant-eligible master’s-level students.
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