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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 from American Public University (APU) builds your leadership, management, and communication skills as a practitioner, scientist, and leader.  

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 BSN courses for three MSN 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 for professional registered nurses to foster lifelong learning through a spirit of inquiry in order to prepare students for service and leadership roles in a diverse and global society.

APU'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. There are two MSN concentrations: Nurse Educator and Nurse Leader.

This RN to MSN program at American Public University is accredited by the  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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

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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Program 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 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.

Important Note

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

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.

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 APU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.

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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 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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