RN-BSN to MSN Option

Classes Begin September 2

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.

Are you a registered nurse?


What will I learn?

You'll begin with the RN to BSN curriculum then, as you move into the MSN curriculum you will choose between one of five specialty tracks: Educator, Executive, Family Nurse Practitioner, Healthcare Policy or Informatics. Students enrolled in the RN-BSN to MSN option will graduate with their BSN degree upon successful completion of the MSN core courses. 

Customized Curriculum Plan

You can be full-time or part-time, whichever works for your schedule. All post-licensure courses are offered every 8 weeks.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning activities enhance the curriculum as you apply knowledge in the classroom and in your current role.

No courses required prior to enrollment

All that's required is a current RN license approved by your state and you get 77 proficiency credits before you even begin.

RN-BSN to MSN Course and Resource FAQs

I’ve never taken an online course before and I’m a little nervous. How do I prepare myself for online learning?
Are campus visits required?
How often will I go to class?
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How do I get in?


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.

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Admission Requirements

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

  • A nursing diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by either the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education.*
  • A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Current, active, unrestricted RN license in the U.S. or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the NCSBN.
  • 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.

Licensure Requirements

* Degrees obtained from non-U.S. schools will be considered based on evaluation of transcripts by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES) approved evaluating agency.
** For the 129 curriculum, minimum of 26 credit hours of coursework must be taken at Chamberlain, excluding NR-361 and NR-451.

Tuition & Expenses

What types of financial assistance are available?

RN-BSN to MSN Option Costs

Chamberlain provides you with individualized support throughout your educational journey beginning with the admissions process. Your admissions representative will work with you to build a schedule that will work with your life and finances, whether that's one class or three. Check out the Net Price Calculator for an estimate of federal and institutional aid. 

  • RN-BSN to MSN -- Effective November 2018

    Effective November 2018
    RN-BSN to MSN online option (undergraduate portion)
    RN-BSN to MSN online option (graduate portion, Educator, Executive, Healthcare Policy & Informatics Specialty Tracks)
    RN-BSN to MSN online option (graduate portion, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track)
  • RN-BSN to MSN Expenses - July 2018

    Effective July 2018
    RN-BSN to MSN online option (undergraduate portion)
    RN-BSN to MSN online option (graduate portion, Educator, Executive, Healthcare Policy & Informatics Specialty Tracks)
    RN-BSN to MSN online option (graduate portion, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track)

Financial Aid Options

Chamberlain partners with healthcare institutions, community colleges and associations to provide accessible educational opportunities for registered nurses. Check to see if you qualify for a group-specific tuition rate because of your association with one of our healthcare partners.

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Our admissions representatives can help you find out what financial options are available to you.

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Accreditation, State Authorizations & Approvals

Chamberlain University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing program, master's degree in nursing program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Chamberlain University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

For the most updated accreditation information, visit chamberlain.edu/accreditation.