The Registered Nurse to B.S. Nursing and M.S. Nursing (RN to BSN/MSN) is a CCNE-accredited, online RN to BSN/MSN program ideal for nurses who want to increase their professional opportunities in the workforce. Experienced nurses who hold their registered nurse licenses can apply their associate degree toward this program and will earn a BSN degree and then go on to earn a MSN degree – all in the same program.
- Our RN to BSN tuition rate is one of the lowest among our peers at just $375 a credit hour, and our flexible payment options allow most of our students to graduate debt-free.
- Students that complete the RN to BSN/MSN program, instead of taking the BSN and MSN programs separately, save time and money. We are one of only a few universities to offer this option.
Relevant to Market Needs
- The MSN program offers five nursing specializations to choose from including: Case Management, Infection Prevention and Control, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics and Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership.
Flexible Online Format
- Our RN to BSN/MSN classes are 100% online and designed for working professionals, giving you the convenience to participate in classes around your busy schedule.
- Classes are eight weeks in length and start monthly – a benefit you cannot find at most schools.
Choose One of Five MSN Specializations
RN to BSN/MSN students can further define their education by focusing on one of five relevant areas. All MSN students must choose one of five specializations:
- Case Management focuses on improving patient care through understanding patient referrals, planning and delivery of care, evaluating patient results, and evaluating overall program effectiveness. Disclosure Information on Gainful Employment
- Infection Prevention and Control teaches nurses to create infection control programs and monitor critical infection control indicators in healthcare delivery systems. Disclosure Information on Gainful Employment
- Nursing Education prepares nurses to teach, develop curriculum and utilize distance education technology. Disclosure Information on Gainful Employment
- Nursing Informatics prepares nurses to translate health care data into meaningful information, identify opportunities and implement new technologies that improve patient outcomes and reduce risk. Disclosure Information on Gainful Employment
- Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership prepares nurses for managerial roles and to implement human resource principles. Disclosure Information on Gainful Employment
Our RN to BSN/MSN Curriculum
The curriculum of the RN to BSN/MSN online program is based on contemporary issues in health care today. Nurses study the improvement of health care, creating quality patient outcomes and how to foster strategic change in the health care delivery system. Embedded in the American Sentinel nursing curriculum is an emphasis on quality of care as guided by nursing-sensitive indicators.
In 2009, American Sentinel voluntarily adopted the competencies defined by the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) as an integral part of all of our online nursing degree programs. Those six competencies are:
- Patient-centered care
- Teamwork and collaboration
- Evidence-based practice
- Quality improvement
American Sentinel enhances its nursing curriculum by adopting the QSEN model. Our curriculum prepares nurses to improve the quality and safety of patient care and the health care organizations in which they work.
To complete the RN to BSN/MSN degree, distance education nursing students must complete 87 credits hours. The BSN requires 21 baccalaureate-level nursing credit hours, transfer in or complete 30 hours of general education, and 9 credit hours of graduate nursing courses. Students then complete 27 more graduate nursing courses to receive the MSN degree.
The nursing programs at American Sentinel University contain practice experiences. These practice experiences have specific objectives, expected outcomes and competencies.
Practice experiences are not like the clinical experiences you completed to obtain your degree as a registered nurse. Practice experiences do not involve hands-on patient care. They are designed to provide you with the opportunity to apply the concepts and knowledge you learn in the nursing courses.
See RN to BSN/MSN Practice Experience Guide for more information.
Practicum experiences are imbedded in the BSN and MSN courses. They will range from interviewing or shadowing someone in the desired role to teaching a section of discussion questions in an online course.
Our rigorous curriculum covers a breadth of issues in nursing and health care, giving nurses the foundation and skills to expand their practice. In addition to courses in pathophysiology, physical assessment, pharmacology, and advanced nursing roles, here are a couple more of the RN to MSN program’s key courses:
- Theoretical Foundations (N505): Introduces theories of human behavior through psychology, sociology and anthropology standpoints. Much broader than a typical nursing theory course, this course examines why humans behave in certain ways and how nurses can influence making good health care decisions.
- Research Design (N515): Focuses on evidence-based practice and how to evaluate current literature and guidelines, then incorporate these into one’s own nursing practice. Also discusses good qualitative and quantitative research principles.
What You’ll Learn in our RN to BSN/MSN Program
Graduates of the RN to BSN/MSN accelerated nursing degree program will be able to:
- Assume roles as leaders and collaborators with other professionals and communities in planning, providing and evaluating health care.
- Enhance professional nursing practice through research and evidence-based practice.
- Use theoretical knowledge to guide advanced practice nursing.
- Conduct advanced practice research and leverage insights.
- Create new nursing models that expand the role of citizens in global society.
- Evaluate health policies and economics.
The mission of the RN to BSN/MSN and MSN program builds from the American Sentinel University mission, specifically to prepare highly-qualified, advanced-practice professional nursing personnel to serve global healthcare communities as administrators, educators, and informatics specialists.