RN to MSN Online Option

For RNs looking to advance their education and careers


What will I learn?

Chamberlain's integrative design means you’ll earn your MSN in just seven or eight semesters. Students with their BSN have a strong foundation, which allows for a more rapid progression in their study of advanced concepts. Complete our degree requirements through the RN-BSN to MSN Option at your own pace, or push through and finish quickly with the Accelerated RN to MSN Option – the choice is yours.

Customized Curriculum Plan

Your customized curriculum plan allows you to work part-time or full-time toward your MSN. Allow your schedule to guide the decision, our post-licensure classes are offered every eight weeks, you can begin your studies at your convenience.

Experiential Learning

In addition to all you’ll learn in the classroom, experiential learning opportunities give you the chance to apply your knowledge in a practical setting with experiential learning activities and on-site practicums.

No Courses Required Prior to Enrollment

You’ve worked hard to achieve your nursing license, which is why we do not require any prerequisite courses for this track. You’ll earn 77 proficiency credits for having a current state-approved RN license before you even begin your coursework.

RN to MSN Options

Accelerated RN to MSN and RN-BSN to MSN

Accelerated RN-MSN Options

The Accelerated RN-MSN and Accelerated RN-MSN with Clinical Nursing Leadership options are designed to prepare nurses for a variety of advanced roles in nursing practice, including those that require skill in delivering direct and indirect care, leading healthcare initiatives, and educating patients, staff, and the community. 

Because of the integrative design, time to completion is shortened in comparison to other MSN tracks or options. For the Accelerated RN-MSN options, the baccalaureate degree will not be conferred, which allows a more rapid progression, upon successful completion of all degree requirements, the Master of Science in Nursing degree will be conferred.

Accelerated options include:

  • Accelerated RN-MSN Option Semesters: 3 Full Time (45 credit hours)
  • Accelerated RN-MSN with Clinical Nursing Leadership Option Semesters: 4 Full Time (52 credit hours)

The deliberate alignment of content to Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL™) competencies provides students with a Clinical Nursing Leadership option to complete the coursework and practicum hours required to qualify for the CNL™ certification exam. In addition to the 144 hours of required practicum learning in the final required course of the Accelerated MSN option, students may choose to complete additional elective practicum hours in two additional 8-week sessions with 144 hours of practicum in each session. This ensures completion of the 432 practicum hours required to qualify to take the CNL™ certification exam. 

See the full curriculum plan.

Why Accelerate?

Your time is valuable, especially as a practicing RN. Given your academic history and goals, it’s important to use your free time as efficiently as possible. That’s why we developed the Accelerated RN to MSN Option. Busy professionals can earn their master’s degree in their spare time, or dedicate focus to their studies full-time. The choice is yours. 

Our Accelerated RN to MSN Option offers registered nurses the chance to advance your degree without getting bogged down by prerequisites. In a matter of a few semesters, you can earn your master’s and begin the next phase of your career.

RN-BSN to MSN Option

For RNs looking to advance their education and careers, we offer an RN-BSN to MSN Online Option. Registered Nurses can earn a BSN and MSN together, making it more cost and time effective than earning them separately.

In the RN-BSN to MSN Online Option, eligible RN students completing their BSN degree at Chamberlain may apply for admission to the MSN degree program prior to completing their BSN degree. Students are able to complete their BSN degree while enrolled in the MSN program, by taking selected MSN courses in place of two required BSN nursing courses.

You'll begin with the RN to BSN curriculum then, as you move into the MSN curriculum you will choose between one of eight specialty tracks:

  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Educator
  • Executive
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Healthcare Policy 
  • Informatics
  • Population Health
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Students enrolled in the RN-BSN to MSN option will graduate with their BSN degree upon successful completion of the MSN core courses. Earn your degree while you work and in as few as 8 semesters with year-round, full-time enrollment.

See the full curriculum plan.


I’ve never taken an online course before and I’m a little nervous. How do I prepare myself for online learning?

Chamberlain has several resources that can help you become acclimated to the online classroom. Once you apply you will have access to Chamberlain Care Student Success Strategies, which provides information on time management, scholarly writing, using the library and more. You can also ask your admissions representative for a personal tour of the online environment in which you will be taking classes or you can view the Online Classroom Demonstration Video Series to learn about what you can expect when you log into your class.

We are dedicated to supporting you throughout your educational journey. To further support your success, a Student Online Readiness Assessment is designed to help assess the skills needed for success in online courses. You will see the assessment listed as a task in the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) course.

Are campus visits required? 

No. Coursework is completed 100% online. (Note: The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner specialty track does require one visit for the immersion experience as part of NR-509.)

How often will I go to class? 

There are no mandatory login times. Most classes require that you login two to three times per week. Check the course syllabus for information specific to your class.

How do I go to class? 

While tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices may allow for some completion of coursework, they are not guaranteed to work in all areas. Please ensure you have a Windows (preferred) or Mac-based computer available to complete coursework in the event your selected mobile device does not meet the needs of the course. The Help Desk does not provide technical support for tables, smartphones and other mobile devices at this time.

Request more information to have an admission representative provide you with a course tour.

If I enroll in the RN-BSN to MSN Option, am I am able to switch to the Accelerated RN to MSN Option?

It is possible to transfer from the RN-BSN to MSN into the Accelerated RN to MSN Option, students may need to complete the full Accelerated RN to MSN curriculum. Please speak to an advisor for more information regarding transfer credits.


How do I get in?

Admission Criteria

Chamberlain College of Nursing looks for candidates with the following qualifications for admission to the RN-BSN to MSN and Accelerated RN to MSN Options: 

  • A nursing diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education* for the RN-BSN to MSN Option, a nursing diploma or a degree in nursing at the associate's level or higher from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by either the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education* for the Accelerated RN to MSN Option
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for RN-BSN to MSN, a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for prior undergraduate nursing degree for the Accelerated RN to MSN options and
  • Current, active, unrestricted RN license in the U.S. or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the NCSBN. Before entering any clinical/practicum courses, students must provide proof of current, active, unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state where the student will conduct the clinical(s). Students who fail to maintain an active, unrestricted license throughout their clinical/practicum courses do not meet the clinical/practicum requirements and cannot progress. Students are expected to maintain RN licensure throughout the entire program of study as a professional best-practice.
  • For RN-BSN to MSN students only, we require:
    • a CGPA of 3.0 or greater in RN to BSN coursework (minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework must be taken at Chamberlain**), excluding NR-361 and NR-451
    • completion of all general education courses for the BSN degree, and
    • patient care experience (if admission to the AGACNP specialty track is desired)***
Provisional Acceptance

Applicants who meet all general admission requirements to the MSN degree program’s accelerated options, but who have a CGPA for the post-secondary nursing degree between 2.75 to 2.99, may be granted provisional acceptance and placed on academic warning. See the Academic Warning sections for additional information. 

* Chamberlain reserves the right to admit candidates with equivalent educational qualifications, from institutions outside the U.S. that are not recognized by the Department of Education or CHEA, as determined by an independent transcript evaluation. 

** Chamberlain reserves the right to admit candidates with nurse licensure from countries outside the U.S. that are not affiliated with NCSBN but where equivalent standards can be demonstrated. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis according to the general academic principles of integrity outlined by the Academic Standards committee.

Licensure Requirements

Chamberlain is committed to preparing graduates for professional nursing practice. To achieve this goal, students in the RN to BSN option must maintain a current, active license to practice nursing in the U.S. or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). All students must maintain licensure throughout the program of study. Failure to do so will result in a dismissal from the College.


* Chamberlain reserves the right to admit candidates with equivalent educational qualifications, from institutions outside the U.S. that are not recognized by the Department of Education or CHEA, as determined by an independent transcript evaluation.

** For the 129 curriculum, minimum of 26 credit hours of coursework must be taken at Chamberlain, excluding NR-361 and NR-451.

*** Admission to the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track requires two years of acute/critical patient care experience within the last five years, preferably consecutive, at the time the application is submitted.

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Our admission representatives are available to answer your questions about admission requirements and walk you through the application process. 

Call 877.751.5783 to speak to a representative or request more information.

Tuition & Expenses

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Accreditation, State Authorizations & Approvals

Chamberlain has university accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as well as baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).† Chamberlain continuously earns new approvals from respected agencies across the nation.

Chamberlain University confers online degrees from its Main Campus in Addison, IL.

For a complete list, check out our authorizations or view our approvals in your state.

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