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RN to MSN

Online Master of Science in RN to MSN

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ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

The online RN to MSN degree provides Associate and diploma degree prepared Registered Nurses an accelerated pathway to obtaining a Master of Science in Nursing degree while also obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. The RN to MSN degree is designed to facilitate the immediate and lifelong professional and personal development needs of Registered Nurses in the three areas of Practitioner, Scientist and Leader. Graduates of the RN to MSN program will be prepared to be agents of change in today’s rapidly transforming healthcare industry.

Note: This RN to MSN program is currently not open for admission to Tennessee residents or Washington State residents.

At this time, this program is not eligible for military tuition assistance; please speak with your admissions representative on other financial solutions.

This program has specific admission requirements.

What You'll Learn

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  1. Improve performance in the professional nursing role by developing leadership, management, and communication skills to promote the health of individuals, families, and communities.
  2. Utilize evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and leadership principles to promote a culture of safety and achieve outcomes that are grounded in institutional values and professional ethics.
  3. Apply informatics and healthcare technologies to access critical information, to collaborate with other professionals, and to facilitate optimal patient-centered care.
  4. Apply scientific principles and the nursing process to evaluate responses to therapies and changes in patient health status.
  5. Integrate knowledge of human and organizational behavior to lead teams and to promote cultures of safety.
  6. Analyze the impact of financial, regulatory, and political decisions on local, national and global health outcomes.
  7. Synthesize knowledge of ethical, socioeconomic, and cultural factors to decrease health disparities and advocate for diverse populations.
  8. Employ a spirit of inquiry to embrace the value of lifelong learning and to participate in professional activities that promote and shape the future of nursing.
  9. Apply ethical principles to advanced professional nursing practice.
  10. Demonstrate leadership skills supportive of safe nursing practices and patient-centered care.
  11. Advocate for healthcare policies that improve healthcare outcomes across the lifespan.
  12. Apply data management principles in the delivery of cost-effective care to improve health outcomes.
  13. Analyze how healthcare policy and health care economics affect change within the healthcare system.
  14. Advocate for effective inter-professional communication and collaboration to support safe and efficient coordination of care.
  15. 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.

Degree at a Glance

Number of Credits
147
Cost Per Credit2
$370 | $250*
8 Week Program Format
Online

Program RequirementsPrint Friendly Version

Current active, unencumbered registered nursing license 30
Total Semester Hours 30

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.

NURS498 Senior Seminar in Nursing Studies
(Must have a 'B' or better and to be taken as the last course before conferral)1
3
Total Semester Hours 3

1Prerequisite: Senior Standing and completion of all major courses prior to enrollment.

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program:

Looks at curriculum, instruction, and assessment in nursing education with a focus on teaching and evaluations for nurse educators.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Apply programmatic objectives to the nurse educator role in clinical or academic settings.
  • Create effective educational and curricular materials for a variety of audiences.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of teaching strategies and modalities.
Must take the following in this Section:
NURS500 Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS505 Healthcare Systems and Health Policy 3
NURS601 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NURS604 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
NURS606 Nursing Curriculum Development, Assessment and Evaluation 3
NURS610 Learner-Centered Teaching Methodologies 3
NURS620 Educational Assessment and Evaluation for Nurse Educators 3
NURS695 Practicum in Nursing Education 3
Total Semester Hours 24

Offers a focus in leadership, human resource management, and operational quality. Healthcare business and finance are also covered.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Apply programmatic objectives to the role of the nurse leader.
  • Advocate for business practices that promote healthcare quality and patient safety.
  • Synthesize knowledge of key business and human resources practices to effectively lead healthcare teams.
Must take the following in this Section:
NURS500 Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS505 Healthcare Systems and Health Policy 3
HRMT605 Strategic Human Resource Management Practices 3
BUSN650 The Business of Healthcare 3
BUSN651 Healthcare Finance 3
BUSN652 Operational Quality in Healthcare 3
NURS653 Leading Nursing into the Future 3
NURS696 Practicum in Nursing Leadership 3
Total Semester Hours 24
NURS699 Evidence-Based Practice Capstone Project1 3
Total Semester Hours 3

1Taken once all other requirements have been met.

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Programmatic Admission Requirements

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

In addition, the following is required for admission into this program.  All documentation must be provided prior to course registration:

  • Associate degree or diploma in nursing
  • Current and active unencumbered registered nursing (RN) license
  • Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the baccalaureate nursing degree
  • Current resume/CV
  • Signed statement of understanding (SOU)
  • 500-600 word statement of purpose and goals for graduate education*

*Writing style should be scholarly and coherent with no grammatical errors. Provide in 500-600 words a description of relevant work experience, and clearly articulated reasons for applying to the master’s program. Long-term goals or professional career aspirations should be included.

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).

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

Need Help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.

Materials Cost

Technology fees: $65 per course | $0 for active-duty military servicemembers, and for National Guard and Reserve personnel when using military TA.

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1Alumni Graduated with No APUS-incurred Student Loan Debt

As of May 1, 2019. 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.

2Cost Per Credit Hour

To minimize out-of-pocket costs, 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 master's-level book grant provides no-cost textbooks and ebooks for master’s-level courses to active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists.
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