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Accelerate Your Learning With APU’s Online RN to MSN

Speed your time to degree completion and save on tuition with American Public University's (APU) accelerated RN to MSN online program. You will earn a BSN and an MSN in this single program as you aim to advance your nursing practice. Coursework focuses on optimizing patient outcomes, ethical decision-making, population-based healthcare, research- and evidence-based practice, health policy, and grant writing.

APU’s programs are online with 24/7 access and no set login times. At APU, there are no entrance exams and classes start every month, so you can begin quickly and control your schedule. Ask us about transfer credit opportunities to help you save time and money in completing your degree.

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CCNE Commision on Collegiate Nursing Education


The bachelor's and master's degree programs in nursing at American Public University System are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://ccneaccreditation.org/)

Why You Should Earn This Master's From APU

How We Help You Save

Through our carefully constructed program, you will substitute three MSN courses for three BSN courses, saving you 9 credit hours and the associated tuition. You will be awarded a BSN degree after you successfully complete the BSN’s 120-credit curriculum.

A Commitment to Excellence

APU’s program is respected for its quality, offering an opportunity for professionals to learn to demonstrate leadership skills to support safe nursing practices and improve patient-centered care.


The mission of the program is to provide quality, affordable, and accessible higher education to professional registered nurses by fostering lifelong learning through a spirit of inquiry in order to prepare students for service and leadership roles in a diverse and global society.


To support your professional goals, you will choose a concentration. You will also undertake a concentration-aligned practicum, completing clinical hours in a selected setting.

Expert Faculty

You will be guided by practitioner faculty who enrich your learning with their real-world experience from hospital and healthcare settings, public health departments, and the military.

No Entrance Exams

This program is for registered nurses holding an associate degree or diploma in nursing. No entrance exams or GRE® scores are needed, but there are prerequisite admission requirements. (Note: This program currently is not open to residents of Washington state.) Please request information to learn more.

Making Quality Higher Education Within Reach

Per Credit Hour

Tuition for the first 120 undergraduate credits of this accelerated program.

Per Credit Hour

Tuition for remaining master’s-level credits of this program.

Per Credit Hour

For undergraduate and master’s-level programs with APU’s Military Tuition Grant for eligible students

Entrance Exams

No GRE®, GMAT™, or other standardized test scores required. Classes start monthly.

Application Fee

There is no cost to apply for undergraduate and master’s-level programs.


Some master's-level courses provide no-cost ebooks to minimize your expenses.

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Helping You Save on Your Master's

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* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military families are eligible for our Military Tuition Grant that covers undergraduate and master’s-level tuition above the military TA cap of $250/credit hour. Eligible family members are parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents.

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If you’d like to explore other program options, we have 90+ master’s degrees and graduate certificates to consider.

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Classes begin July 3.

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