Keep your momentum and reach your goals faster with Southern New Hampshire University’s Accelerated RN to MSN online degree program, which enables registered nurses to complete the bachelor’s and master’s in nursing without a break in continuity. The accelerated nursing program option saves tuition and time – up to 20 weeks. Graduate-level course work is woven into two courses in the BSN, resulting in two courses being waived at the graduate level.
The Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing programs at Southern New Hampshire University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The Accelerated RN to MSN online program is perfect for professional nurses with defined education goals. This affordable degree option offers a seamless pathway for advancing from an ASN through a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to a Master of Science in Nursing. The accelerated nursing program allows BSN students to progress into the MSN program through the successful completion of two advanced-level BSN courses in which students perform graduate-level work. Prior to moving into the MSN program, students must successfully complete their BSN degree.
SNHU RN to BSN students who apply to and are accepted into the online Accelerated RN to MSN option can choose to pursue the Clinical Nurse Leader or patient quality and safety program tracks – or customize your degree with the MSN general program.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of enrolling in the accelerated nursing program at SNHU include:
Accelerated RN to MSN Admission Requirements
If you’re interested in SNHU’s online Accelerated RN to MSN online program, you must first be accepted into the online RN to BSN program. Learn more about the admission requirements for the RN to BSN program. To pursue an Accelerated RN to MSN, in addition to an active unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse, you must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0. If you have a GPA below 3.0, but higher than 2.67, you are eligible for provisional acceptance. You must achieve a grade of B+ or better in your first graduate nursing course to be fully accepted into the MSN program. Please contact either your SNHU admission counselor or your academic advisor for more detail.
If you're enrolled in Community College System of New Hampshire nursing programs, contact your CCSNH advisor or an admission counselor at Southern New Hampshire University to learn more about program admission requirements and tuition information.
The demand for nurses with bachelor’s-level education continues to grow at hospitals and other healthcare organizations. The Institute of Medicine is urging that the number of BSN-prepared nurses increase to 80 percent by 2020, and healthcare providers are seeking nurses with an MSN for their supervisory and managerial opportunities.
An online nursing master's degree can expand your nursing career employment and leadership opportunities and prepare you to serve as a Clinical Nurse Leader, clinical nursing faculty member and a nursing administrator.
Upon acceptance into the online Accelerated RN to MSN program, you’ll perform graduate-level work in two BSN courses, eliminating two graduate-level courses and saving you substantial time and tuition.
The advanced BSN courses you’ll take:
Upon acceptance into the online Accelerated RN to MSN option, you’ll perform graduate-level work in two BSN courses, eliminating two graduate-level courses and saving you substantial time and money.
In this course, the student will develop the ability to assess, analyze, and recommend change for health issues for groups and in communities. Topics will include local and regional conditions that affect vulnerable populations through the lifespan. Case management and care coordination will be discussed. Application of community health principles will be the foundation for recommending interventions. The prevention will include diverse, environmental disease treatments and healthcare policy strategies. This three credit hour course will include 45 hours of practical application of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in the course.
Undergraduate students will be introduced to theory-guided and evidence-based nursing practice. Students will acquire the skills to become proficient consumers of nursing research. Focus is placed on understanding established research methodologies, ways of knowing in nursing, and developing the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors to retrieve and critique published studies for application to evidence-based nursing practice. This three credit course will include 45 hours of practical application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse.
Bachelor's in Nursing Required Courses
Students in this course examine the role of health care policy and legal, regulatory, and quality control in ethical decision making in healthcare. Students explore concepts and principles of health care policy, legal control, ethical conduct, and regulatory environments and their application to the health care environment. The impact of health care policy and multicultural, socioeconomic, political, legal, and regulatory factors on health care systems is explored.
This course focuses on the concepts, principles, tools, finances and strategies used in managing operations within a performance improvement model. Students will explore problem solving and decision making models as well as tools and techniques for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, reporting, and improving the productivity and performance of resources within a healthcare department. Additionally, topics will include healthcare finance reimbursement, bookkeeping, accounting principles, budgeting processes (capital and operating), and cost/benefits analysis.
This course is designed to introduce the licensed registered nurse to the role of the bachelor's prepared nurse in complex health care setting. The Transformational model of learning will be the foundation to develop scholarly inquiry in order to improve practice. Skill development in critical reflection, assessing evidence, professional writing, study habits, and work-life balance will be essential for success. The goal is to provide a knowledge base in nursing theory to improve nursing practice. The role of the Bachelor's prepared nurse as a patient advocate, clinical expert and a leader in evidence-based practice and transformation of health care will be emphasized. The course will discuss the capstone course and development of a project.
This course explores patient care technologies, information systems, telecommunication technologies, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice. Topics covered include standardized terminology; electronic health record, patient portal, meaningful use, and pay for performance; data integrity, abstraction and mining; use of clinical decision support tools to promote patient safety, and ethical and legal issues related to information technology.
This course introduces the student to common health problems in individuals. Adult conditions will be reviewed. Cellular disruptions resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress conditions will be analyzed. The understanding of nursing process to assess, diagnose, plan and implement treatments for disease processes will serve as the foundation for decision-making and management. Diagnostic evaluations and holistic management of selected disease processes will be explored.
The student will analyze health assessment methods and communication strategies for diverse populations across the continuum of care in this course. An overview of assessment techniques and patient education will be explored in order to support informed health care decisions. Development of interpersonal effectiveness and cultural competence will be the focus of competency for the student. The goal of health literacy will be to develop verbal and written communication strategies that nurses can use to effectively meet the individualized needs of the patient to promote health and address illness. The student will review standards of care and regulations which oversee the provision of safe and effective care. This three-credit hour course will include 45 hours of practical application of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in the course.
This course will explore organizational and systems leadership within the complex clinical microsystems to promote high quality patient care utilizing the knowledge, skills and attitudes to promote care coordination, negotiation, change management, team building and collaboration within the interdisciplinary team. Topics will include quality improvement and safety concepts using structure, process and outcome measures, and performance improvement methodologies to promote quality outcomes for diverse populations. This three credit hour course will include 45 hours of practical application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
The Transformational Capstone course will utilize a seminar process to establish the expectations for the project. The Capstone project will demonstrate the achievement of four stages of personal development as outlined in the Transformational model for education. .Expectations for the project will be addressed to demonstrate application of knowledge in a complex health environment. In conjunction with the faculty member, the student will design an individual experience to apply skills to effectively promote a positive change in complex health systems. The Capstone project will represent the culmination of achievement in the RN-BSN program.
Master's in Nursing Required Courses
Students will learn the history and current state of healthcare and how the industry uses information systems. Throughout the course students will discuss types of information systems, such as the electronic medical record (EMR), laboratory and radiology systems and more. Students will also study trends in new practices, such as telemedicine and home healthcare, and how they function in various healthcare settings. Finally, students will explore how these and other industry trends, with the use of technology, can improve patient care.
Developed for the health care administrator and providers, this course prepares students with a full understanding of financial planning, control measures and financial management to effectively examine and address the complex financial challenges within the healthcare sector. Analysis and identification of healthcare financial trends, finance sources and reimbursement models will be addressed.
This course covers clinical microsystem concepts, tools, techniques, and processes within the context of a clinical or supporting microsystem. This course will use current theories to approach issues related to the redesign of healthcare services to improve quality, add value, reduce variation and improve morale, by empowering frontline caregivers. This course builds upon the Dartmouth Hitchcock Microsystem Improvement Curriculum and the QSEN Graduate Nursing Competencies.
In this course students analyze historical and evaluate current nursing concepts and theories. Students will examine the linkages of empirical, aesthetic, ethical, personal, and sociopolitical patterns on knowing with the conceptual models and paradigms of nursing. Students will explore the components of conceptual-theoretical-empirical structures for theory-generating and theory-testing research.
Students critical analyze proposals for healthcare quality and safety plans, or clinical problems as developed by student participants. To be taken concurrently with NUR-681
Students design and analyze a healthcare issue, proposal of policy options, recommendations for action or an evaluation strategy for a selected healthcare setting. Students are evaluated according to criteria, negotiated in advance, that demonstrate current industry best practices. To be taken concurrently with NUR-680.
This course includes the study of concepts, tools, and practices of project management. The course adopts a managerial process approach to Project Management, which consists of initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing the project. Major topics will include project scope, project time, project cost, project quality, project risk, project resources, project communications and how to be an effective project manager. Cases are utilized to integrate the learning in the course and provide decision- making experience for the student.
Note: The MBA 501 prerequisite is waived.
As an Accelerated RN to MSN student, you can choose a concentrated focus or opt for no specialized concentration at all.
Free Elective Credits: 9
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
*Tuition rates are subject to change. Changes are generally implemented in June each year.
Additional Costs Books (course by course).
Students are responsible for providing their own internet access.
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