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RN to MSN Online Pathway Seamlessly transition from BSN to MSN Program

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Register By: October 22 Classes Start: October 24

Save time on your MSN

  • $320/credit (BSN), $627/credit (MSN)
  • Finish your BSN first while earning credit toward your MSN (two tracks)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits (45 credits for unencumbered RN license, transfer up to 45 more)
  • No application fee or test scores required
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Save time and tuition in 2 specialty MSN tracks, earn credit for your RN license

RN to MSN Online Program Pathway Overview

Are you a current or aspiring BSN student with a long-term goal of earning your MSN?

Our RN-to-MSN online program pathway may be for you. This pathway allows students to take advanced placement (AP) courses during their BSN that they can use to waive one course for certain MSN tracks. This allows eligible registered nurses to more seamlessly transition from a BSN to MSN, and gives you the added benefit of earning a credential along the way.

The AP courses required for this pathway are:

NUR-540: Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan

NUR-545: Advanced Health and Literacy Assessment

Make sure you speak to your student advisor early in your BSN to ensure your course plan includes the requisite AP courses.

The online RN-to MSN pathway at SNHU requires you to choose from 2 specialty tracks — giving you the expertise you need to stand out in a number of nursing roles. The MSN tracks available within the Pathway are:

Fast, affordable and online. SNHU's nursing programs are built to fit your busy life – so nothing can stand between you and your goals. 

As leaders of online education, we also offer authentic learning experiences that empower nurses to immediately apply what they learn from the online classroom to their current role.

Learn how to:

  • Promote safe nursing practice and quality patient outcomes
  • Use evidence-based practice in implementing and evaluating outcomes of care
  • Formulate strategies to promote health and prevent disease
  • Implement patient safety and quality initiatives


Fast Track Your MSN

Earn your degree faster, for less. With SNHU's 5 MSN program tracks - updated to align with today’s healthcare standards - you'll build the skills you need to help advance your career.

RN to MSN Career Outlook

As a registered nurse (RN), you are part of a noble profession, one that blends professionalism with compassion. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, RNs are also projected to be a fast-growing occupation – with 276,800 new jobs projected through 2030.1

The demand for nurses with bachelor's-level education continues to grow at hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Since the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine, recommended that the number of BSN-prepared nurses increase to 80% by 2020, healthcare providers across the U.S. placed urgency and expectations for furthering the education for registered nurses. With this additional degree attainment, nurses with an MSN will be needed for supervisory and managerial opportunities.2

Daniel Arellano with the text Daniel ArellanoThese opportunities encompass a wide range of roles throughout the country – and not just limited to highly-populated metro areas, either.

"I believe the greatest demand for nursing is within primary care and medical-surgical nursing units," said Daniel Arellano, a nurse practitioner and graduate faculty member at SNHU. “This is particularly true in rural areas of the country that may not have a local nursing school graduating new nurses for the community.”

The RN-to-MSN pathway can help expand your nursing career employment and leadership opportunities and prepare you to serve in several types of nursing careers and various settings. It can also help to set you up to earn a premium - nurses with master's degrees earn $12,000 more on average than those with only a bachelor's.1 Reach your career goals faster by moving from RN to MSN.

Bonnie Fecowicz with text: Bonnie Fecowicz "I became a nurse to help other people," said Bonnie Fecowicz, who earned her MSN at SNHU. "Before applying to SNHU, I went back to school but it just didn't fit in with a working lifestyle."

"I've been doing this job for 30-plus years," she said. "[I thought]: What could they possibly teach me? And taking my first course, I was humbled immediately. Healthcare is changing so quickly, you must remain current in best practices. You've got to have that education at your fingertips."

Bonnie's education not only gave her the opportunity to explore the present and future of nursing – it gave her a global perspective on the needs and challenges nurses face every day.

"When you take a course at SNHU, you're meeting students from around the world. So when we talk about global health – I'm working with students that are living in Africa or in South America. I'm hearing firsthand what drought means, what Zika virus outbreaks really mean."

Ultimately, these experiences lead her to career advancement – combining her skill set with an innate ability to lead, support and empower her nursing staff.

"The quality of the program has allowed me to advance my career into more diverse roles as a director of nursing. I use everything I learned every day in my position. SNHU has really invested in my success."

Still interested in learning more? Read all about what degree you need to become a nurse.

Start Your Journey Toward an RN to MSN Program Pathway

Courses & Curriculum

Nursing is, at heart, a profession about compassion. Your instructors are caring nursing professionals who are leaders in their field and who understand that good nurses put the needs of their patients first, whether they're in the boardroom, the classroom or the operating room.

Our nursing curriculum emphasizes both patient care and leadership. For instance, in the online RN to BSN and online MSN degree programs you'll:

  • Design a humanitarian aid trip to address a global health challenge
  • Completion of CITI training, focusing on regulatory protections and ethical considerations when working with human subjects
  • Generate a nursing blog
  • Refine knowledge and skills in evidence-based practice to translate theory to practice
  • Increase knowledge and skills in interpreting data for clinical decision-making

Throughout the RN to MSN program pathway you'll develop an electronic portfolio of completed assignments and certificates, a convenient way to demonstrate the achievement of program outcomes and showcase your accomplishments to your employer.

General education program: All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes if not completed through prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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