Online RN to Master of Science in nursing

Complex patient needs and rising health care costs create demand for nurses with advanced education. The Master of Science in nursing bridge option allows registered nurses with an associate degree to earn a graduate-level education. Gain knowledge in evidence-based practice and innovative leadership to address the nation’s urgent health care challenges.

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Next start date: 08/18/2022


Total classes: 13

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 36

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What is a Master of Science in nursing bridge program?

The Master of Science in nursing bridge option allows nurses to earn a graduate degree without a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) or other bachelor’s degree. This Master of Science in nursing combines nursing skills with the advanced knowledge needed to improve health care, including:

  • Coordinated, safe and effective care.
  • Patient-centered health services.
  • Reduced costs.

You’ll complete two bridge courses at the beginning of the program, developed as a link to graduate-level nursing courses. These courses don’t lead to a BSN, but rather bridge the gap between your associate degree and the Master of Science in nursing. The Master of Science in nursing also includes two practicums, customizable to fit your career aspirations. Gain hands-on experience from nurse leaders in the field as you prepare to take your next step.

What new skills will I learn in an RN to MSN online?

 

An RN to MSN online emphasizes leadership and innovation in the nursing profession. Quality nurse leaders are critical to enacting system change, improving patient outcomes and creating effective teams. You’ll gain nurse leadership skills, including:

  • Addressing practice and policy issues within organizations.
  • Building a personal leadership style.
  • Exemplifying the role of a nurse leader.
  • Increasing team collaboration.
  • Responding to complex situations.
  • Understanding the interrelationship between nursing practice and research.

You’ll develop a mindset for continuous innovation in health care delivery. The ability to contribute evidence-based solutions to a complex health care system is vital to employers.

Can earning an RN to MSN online advance my nursing career?

 

Yes. An RN to MSN online puts you on a streamlined path to leadership. You’ll graduate prepared to face health care reform, advances in technology and discoveries in evidence-based practice. With a Master of Science in nursing, you can pursue nurse leadership roles or continue your education in a Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Additionally, due to an aging population and increase in chronic illness, there is a high demand for qualified nurses with advanced education. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nursing profession is projected to grow 9% from 2020 to 2030, which is quicker than the average rate.

Do I have to be a registered nurse to apply to this Master of Science in nursing program?

 

Yes. To be eligible for this Master of Science in nursing bridge, you must have an associate degree in nursing. Your unencumbered RN license must also be active in a nonrestricted state.

If you’re a BSN-prepared nurse, the non-bridge Master of Science in nursing option may be a better fit.

Will my Master of Science in nursing say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Master of Science in nursing courses

Courses in the Master of Science in nursing online provide you with an advanced nursing education, with a focus on innovation, leadership and interprofessional team collaboration. RN to MSN curriculum covers the essential topics identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, ensuring you’re prepared to deliver patient focused, evidence-based care. Core courses include:


Core

Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion I


Core

Advanced Health Assessment, Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics for Health Promotion II


Core

Clinical Prevention and Population Health Practicum


Core

Community, Global and Population Health


Core

Dynamics of Professional Nursing I


Core

Dynamics of Professional Nursing II


Core

Evaluating Research for Practice


Core

Foundations of Patient Safety and Health Care Quality


What can I do with a Master of Science in nursing?

An RN to MSN online prepares you to assume leadership positions that require graduate-level education, including roles in administration, teaching and research. These opportunities exist in a variety of health care settings, such as hospitals, academic institutions and more. Potential job titles include:

Charge nurse

Chief nursing officer

Clinical educator

Director of nursing

Direct care RN

Lead nurse

Nursing faculty

Nurse manager

Nurse supervisor

Learn from leading faculty in nursing education

The Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation is the home to world-renowned faculty members.

  • Countless national faculty nursing awards.
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar.
  • Rosalynn Carter National Leadership Award in Caregiving.
  • Ruth B. Freeman Award from the American Public Health Association.

Learn from leading faculty in nursing education

The Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation is the home to world-renowned faculty members.

  • Countless national faculty nursing awards.
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar.
  • Rosalynn Carter National Leadership Award in Caregiving.
  • Ruth B. Freeman Award from the American Public Health Association.

Master of Science in nursing (bridge option) admission requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in nursing bridge option must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Application requirements

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Preparing the nursing and health leaders of tomorrow

ASU’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation provides a first-class education to students across a wide range of health disciplines. The college distinguishes itself through high-quality instructors and challenging courses and programs.

#47


DNP program in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

#49


MSN program in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

2015


American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award for a partnership with Mayo Clinic.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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