Online RN to MSN Program for Nursing Professionals

Accelerate your education toward advanced nursing practice with American Public University's (APU's) RN to MSN online program and earn a BSN and an MSN in this single program.

Through our carefully constructed program, you can substitute three BSN-level courses for three MSN-level courses, saving you 9 credit hours. That means you can earn your credential faster than through a traditional MSN program.

Also, you will be awarded a BSN degree after you successfully complete the first 120 credits. For the remaining 27 graduate credits, you will choose from two tracks:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Leader

This nursing master’s program program is designed for registered nurses holding an associate degree or diploma in nursing.

Online and Flexible to Meet Your Needs
With monthly start dates, 8-week and 16-week course formats, and no set login times, APU's online nursing master’s program provides you with flexibility. You will be supported by expert faculty preparing you for today’s dynamic healthcare industry where safe and effective patient-centered care is imperative.

What You Will Learn
During the program, you will engage with peer students in a collaborative online environment to

  • Develop leadership, management, and communication skills
  • Use evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and principles aimed at outcomes focused on safety, institutional values, and professional ethics
  • Learn to optimize patient outcomes by accessing information through informatics and healthcare technologies
  • Analyze the impact of financial, regulatory, and political decisions on local, national, and global health outcomes
  • Apply ethical principles to advanced professional nursing practice
  • Learn how to decrease health disparities and advocate for diverse populations

Coursework
Your coursework at the undergraduate level will include

  • General education classes in communication, arts and humanities, social sciences, statistics, and natural science
  • Major coursework will include
    • Evidence-based Practice
    • Community Health
    • Informatics and Technology
    • Leadership for Advanced Practice Roles

Your core graduate coursework will cover areas such as

  • Population-based Healthcare
  • Healthcare Systems and Health Policy

Your MSN studies will conclude with a track-related practicum at a location in your community and an evidence-based practice capstone project.

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Our Students Are Priority One

Rebecca Gabriel
Rebecca Gabriel
APU, MSN in Nursing, 2018

As an emergency room nurse, we don’t ever have the time to stop and break down whatever scene we just lived. We have to shove it to the back and keep going. That was my teaching philosophy the entire time. We would talk about the critical thinking skills and I never really delved into that …. So online education with my master’s degree really helped with that and really let me connect to my students more too.

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At American Public University, our expert faculty and industry advisors work to shape a quality, relevant, online education that responds to the needs of working professionals looking to advance in their careers. Come discover how our award-winning, accredited education can help you reach your next level.

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Rising college costs have many of our nation’s hard-working professionals feeling left behind when it comes to making their higher education goals a reality. At American Public University, we believe it doesn’t have to be that way. At APU you’ll find programs that align to industry trends and are backed by individual support teams dedicated to helping you succeed. Our commitment to affordability doesn’t mean sacrificing quality

Consistently Affordable Rates

While educational costs are rising in most places, at APU we’ve raised our undergraduate rates just once since we were founded in 1991. Don’t sacrifice quality for cost. At APU, you get both.

Undergraduate $270 per credit hour $250/credit hour with military grant Graduate $350 per credit hour $325/credit hour with military grant
  • Earn credits for your experience. Don’t leave your hard-earned credits behind. See if you can fast-track your education by earning credit for prior life experiences, college courses, or military service.
  • Books online at no cost. If you're taking an undergrad course for credit, your course materials are included. This can save you about $1,200/year if you’re enrolled full time, according to the College Board 2017-2018 Trends in College Pricing.
  • Serving the military. Active-duty servicemembers and their spouses/dependents, Guard, Reserve, and veterans receive a tuition grant. And we waive technology fees for active-duty, Guard, and Reserve servicemembers using military TA.
  • Help when you need it. Our excellent support staff can walk you through ways to fund your education, including FSA, military TA, veterans benefits, scholarships, private loans, and employer contributions.

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