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RN to MSN Degree Online Accelerated Master's in Nursing Program Option

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Register By: May 01 Classes Start: May 03

A fast track to your MSN

  • $320/credit (BSN), $627/credit (MSN)
  • Save time and tuition, earn credit for your RN license
  • Transfer up to 90 credits (get 45 credits for your unencumbered RN license, transfer in up to 45 more)
  • Save $3,700 in tuition and up to 20 weeks
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • No application fee or test scores required

RN to MSN Online Program Option Overview

You need a bachelor's. You want a master's. What if you could do it all in one shot? Our Accelerated RN-to-MSN online program option lets eligible registered nurses do just that, saving you time and tuition – up to 20 weeks and over $3,700 in tuition.

Fast, affordable and online. That's why current nursing students say they chose SNHU and why 96.5% would recommend SNHU to a colleague, friend or family member.1 Our accelerated nursing option fits your busy life and lets your work and family continue to come first.

Virtual classroom. Real impact. You'll also have the option to make a real difference in your community through student groups, projects and initiatives. One such opportunity is the HEaRT – Higher Education and Real-World Training – Challenge, which pairs online students with community leaders to develop collaborative strategies and solutions to organizational problems. This team-based approach supports the interprofessional collaboration employees need to succeed in healthcare.

"The HEaRT Challenge offers students a meaningful way to build confidence, apply soft skills and demonstrate workforce readiness," said Dr. Toni Clayton, associate dean of health professions at SNHU.

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

RN to MSN Career Outlook

As a registered nurse (RN), you are part of a noble profession, one that blends professionalism with compassion. You're also part of the fastest growing field in America. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that healthcare will add more jobs by 2028 than any other occupation - about 1.9 million.2

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% by 2020, and healthcare providers are seeking nurses with an MSN for their supervisory and managerial opportunities.3

The RN-to-MSN option can expand your nursing career employment and leadership opportunities and prepare you to serve in a several types of nursing careers including clinical nurse leader, clinical nursing faculty member and a nursing administrator. It can also 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.2 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 Option

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 RN to BSN and MSN degree programs you'll:

  • Develop a community assessment with a health education plan
  • Create a capital budget proposal
  • Develop a nursing philosophy and change proposal
  • Complete both a genetics and a medical malpractice case study
  • Earn NIH Security and Privacy certification and a CITI training certificate

Throughout the accelerated option, you'll develop an electronic portfolio of completed assignments and certificates, a convenient way to demonstrate 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

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% 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
(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.

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.