FAST FACTS: Our Online Master’s in Nursing Program

American Sentinel’s online MSN program is more than a way to advance your career. It’s an opportunity for you to shine. You get to develop expertise in an area that interests you, choosing from five specializations that are in high demand. 

Program mission

The Institute of Medicine has called for a higher percentage of nurses to be educated at the master’s level, to better meet the needs of a complex and evolving healthcare system. Our program is designed for working RNs who currently hold a BSN. It is flexible enough for nurses who have full-time jobs, families, and personal obligations.

We aim to improve patient outcomes and advance the healthcare industry by increasing the pool of nursing knowledge. 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. That’s why one of our MSN specialization tracks is nursing management and organizational leadership.
  • The MSN is fast becoming the preferred degree for nurses in the four other specialties covered by our MSN program: case management, infection prevention & control, nursing education, nursing informatics.
  • 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.

Admission requirements

  • An active RN license
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution you attended (have each school send the transcript directly to American Sentinel)
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA earned on a 4.0 scale from an accredited BSN program
  • A completed application
  • A resume, curriculum vitae or list of professional accomplishments
  • Nurses with foreign education: click here to check requirements

Empower your passion – choose a specialty track

Fast, flexible, and affordable course of study

  • Individual classes are eight weeks in length.
  • Rolling admission means you can start on the first of any month—you’re not locked into traditional semester calendars.
  • You can receive up to 18 credit hours for prior college education, professional certifications, and life/work experience. Transfer credits will be considered if:
    • The credits are for courses taken at the graduate level.
    • A minimum grade of B (83%) was earned for the classes for which transfer credits are requested.
    • The credits are equal to three or more semester credit hours.
  • All classes in the MSN program 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.
  • 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.
  • Depending on the specialization you choose, your course of study may include practice learning experiences or precepted practice experiences – both are course assignments that take place in your workplace or other healthcare settings. Some specialty tracks may incorporate simulations, which are virtual work experiences.

Your coursework will ultimately prepare you to get certified and seek employment in the nursing specialty associated with your course of study. 

To chat with an Admissions advisor, please call 866.922.5690!