FAST FACTS: Our Online RN to BSN/MSN Program

American Sentinel’s online RN to BSN/MSN program is geared toward working professionals with full-time jobs, families, and personal obligations – just like you. It allows you to earn TWO nursing degrees in less time. 

Program mission

The Institute of Medicine has called for a higher percentage of nurses to be educated at the BSN and MSN levels, to better meet the needs of a complex and evolving healthcare system. Our program is designed to let RNs earn a master’s degree in as little as three years, so they can bring expanded knowledge to nursing practice, while broadening their job prospects and enjoying increased earning power.

We aim to improve patient outcomes and advance the healthcare industry through innovative learning environments. Our curriculum is designed and delivered by experienced nursing professionals with a high priority on evidence-based practice.

Industry need

  • Increasingly, hospitals prefer nurse managers to hold an MSN.
  • The MSN is fast becoming the preferred degree for nurses in specialty positions that require analysis and critical thinking. (Case management, infection control, informatics, etc.)
  • The current focus on more collaborative care suggests that nurse managers should have more educational parity with other healthcare leaders (who often hold an MBA, MPH, MHA, etc.)
  • Competencies needed to practice nursing have expanded greatly. Nurses now need knowledge of public health, geriatrics, leadership skills, health policy, system improvements, research, and evidence-based practice.
  • As hospital care has become more complex, nurses must make critical decisions associated with care for sicker, frailer patients and work with sophisticated, life-saving technology.
  • Nurses will be increasingly called upon to act as primary care providers. As the population ages, they’ll be asked to help patients manage chronic illnesses, in order to prevent acute care episodes and disease progression.

Admission requirements

  • An active RN license
  • Diploma from a hospital school of nursing or, an ASN or ADN from a nationally accredited college
  • Nurses with foreign education: degree equivalent recognized by NACES evaluator

Choose your specialty track

Fast, flexible, and affordable courses of study

  • Individual classes are eight weeks in length.
  •  In general, 19 courses are required (this number may be lower for students who have completed outside coursework).
  • Rolling admission means you can start on the first of any month—you’re not locked into traditional semester calendars.
  • Students can earn an MSN in three years or less, or opt to spread out the coursework over a longer time frame.
  • Your ADN (or nursing diploma) plus your RN license are worth 60 transfer credits. An additional 30 transfer credits is possible for students who can demonstrate course equivalency. The maximum number of transfer credits is 90.
  • Classes are online, designed for working professionals, and allow you to work at your own pace with no mandatory login times.
  • A student success advisor offers one-on-one support to help you reach your goals.
  • Total tuition is $26,940 but your final cost will depend on the number of transfer credits awarded and whether those transfer credits fulfill mandatory course requirements.
  • Students often use our payment plan to finance part or all of their tuition costs, lowering out-of-pocket expenses. Through our zero percent interest financing and flexible payment options, most of our students to graduate debt-free.
  • Practice experiences are not like the clinical experiences you completed to obtain your degree as a registered nurse – they do not involve hands-on patient care. Rather, they are designed to provide you with the opportunity to apply the concepts and knowledge you learn in nursing courses.

Your coursework will ultimately prepare you to

  • Integrate roles as leaders and collaborators in various healthcare settings.
  • Use theoretical knowledge to guide advanced nursing practice.
  • Analyze models that expand the role of nurses in a global society.
  • Evaluate legislation, policies, and economics as applied to the current healthcare environment.
  • Appraise research to enhance professional nursing practice.

To chat with an Admissions advisor, please call 866.922.5690!