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RN to MSN Online Options

For RNs looking to advance their education and careers

Advance your RN degree by earning your BSN, MSN or both online

Next Start Date |  July 08

Two RN to MSN Options

Choosing between programs?

Explore the differences between BSN, MSN and accelerated MSN options


Looking to further your training?

Upon completion of an MSN degree or if you are looking to expand your nursing skills within a key specialty area, you have the option to also earn a graduate certificate! Graduate certificates can be achieved in less than two years – with 100% online coursework.

Explore graduate certificate programs within these areas:

Non-Clinical Speciality Tracks

  • Healthcare Policy
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Population Health

Clinical Speciality Tracks

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

RN to MSN Option FAQs

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: All Nurse Practitioner specialty tracks require one visit for the immersion experience as part of NR-509. Also note that the AGACNP track requires two immersions. The Capstone intensive review session also requires in-person experiences.)

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 tablets, 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 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 but, students may need to complete the full Accelerated RN to MSN curriculum. Please speak to an advisor for more information regarding transfer credits.

* 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 1 year of RN experience at the time the application is submitted.

Financial Assistance Options

Required RN to MSN Nursing Courses

RN to MSN Courses
6 Courses
NR-581: Foundational Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice

This course examines the professional standards and fundamental historical, theoretical, and ethical underpinnings that guide advanced nursing practice. Exploration of concepts related to person-centered care; health outcomes and equity; communication; interprofessional collaboration; and contemporary issues in healthcare will enhance the professional formation of learners.

NR-582: Leadership and Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice

This course explores advanced nursing leadership theory, roles, and skills, necessary to advance healthcare outcomes across diverse settings. Examination of policy and advocacy at all levels of the system will enable learners to act as definitive change agents in evolving healthcare. 

NR-583: Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice

This course explores the application of healthcare informatics to advanced nursing practice. Examination of concepts surrounding technologies, emerging trends, and ethical and legal considerations involved in healthcare delivery and information management will enable the learner to advance healthcare outcomes and equity across diverse healthcare settings.  

NR-584: Quality and Safety for Advanced Nursing Practice

This course examines quality management and safety principles for advanced nursing practice. Exploration of best practice techniques, policies, processes, tools, and skills will enable learners to apply evidence to engage in continuous quality improvement and advance healthcare outcomes and equity across diverse settings. 

NR-585: Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice for Advanced Nursing Practice

This course introduces research methods for advanced nursing practice. Emphasis on scientific reasoning, problem identification, research design, data collection methods, analysis, interpretation, dissemination, and ethical standards in research will enable learners to apply evidence to advance healthcare outcomes and equity. 

NR-586: Population Health and Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

This course emphasizes epidemiological and population health principles for advanced nursing practice. Examination of population health research and data will enable learners promote health, prevent injury and illness, and lead disaster response and recovery to advance healthcare outcomes and equity for diverse populations at the local, national, and global levels.