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Get Ready to Lead: Take the Fast Track from RN to MSN Online

American Sentinel is one of the few CCNE-accredited universities to offer a streamlined progression from RN to BSN and MSN. This pathway is specifically designed for registered nurses with a passion for knowledge and the desire for continuous career advancement. Instead of taking the BSN and MSN separately, this program is designed to save you time and money. You’ll earn your BSN and go on to earn your MSN within the same program.

After you complete your BSN course work you can choose from 5 MSN specializations in our RN to BSN/MSN program: Case Management, Infection Prevention and Control, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership. Nurse Practitioner specializations are not an option for the RN to BSN/MSN program.

  • Active, unencumbered RN License
  • Diploma from a hospital school of nursing program
  • ASN or ADN from an accredited college or
  • Foreign education equivalent recognized by NACES evaluator

Questions?

COVID-19: We’ve implemented course accommodations to support you while you are doing so much to care for your communities.

Experience Matters

The reason we can offer best-in-class educational content is simple: online education for healthcare professionals is all we do. With this singular focus, 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 decades of practical experience. Like you, we place a high priority on evidence-based practice. As educators and healers, we remain focused on positive outcomes for our students, their patients and their loved ones.

Two Degrees – Less Time​

Earning your BSN requires seven baccalaureate-level nursing courses, three graduate nursing courses and 30 hours of general education the majority of which are fulfilled with transfer credits. You are then on a shorter track to earn your MSN with just nine more graduate nursing courses including specialization courses from one of five areas: Case Management, Infection Prevention and Control, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics and Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership.

"Every single class I have learned something new. Now I am one of those people who says all nurses should get the BSN. There’s so much happening in the healthcare industry that I wasn’t even really aware of before, and being in school has opened my eyes to topics like the changing nursing environment, nursing in a global economy and more."

Tammy Liepe

Tammy Liepe

RN to BSN/MSN student, 2019

RN to BSN/MSN (Term-Based) vs. RN to BSN/MSN, Powered by SIMPath®

Which method is right for you?

You can choose from a traditional term-based delivery method or a more flexible method utilizing virtual simulations called MSN Powered by SIMPath® to complete your RN to BSN/MSN degree.

RN to BSN/MSN (Term-Based)

Ideal if you prefer a structured approach with more guidance and less emphasis on computer simulated learning environments.

  • Coursework is presented completely online
  • Monthly starts
  • Total of 19 term-based nursing courses
  • Structured 8-week courses
  • Complete 1-2 courses in 8 weeks
  • 8-week courses may be overlapped or spaced out
  • Courses are in a traditional format:
    • Highly structured courses with consistent due dates. Discussion posts are due on Wednesdays and papers are due on Monday mornings.
    • Regular peer interaction through discussion posts
    • Competencies are mainly demonstrated through writing papers
    • Fewer virtual simulation assignments

$430 per credit hour or $1,290 per course for undergraduate courses
$560 per credit hour or $1,680 per course for graduate courses

Total standard tuition: $29,190 - $42,090 (depending on number of transfer credits)

RN to BSN/MSN, Powered by SIMPath®

Ideal if you are self-disciplined and are comfortable with technology. You can move through your courses at their own pace and demonstrate your skills utilizing an array of methods. 

  • Coursework is presented completely online
  • Monthly starts
  • Register for 16-week semesters and complete the 19 courses at your own pace
  • Courses are in our Powered by SIMPath® format:
    • Show mastery of competencies in unique ways such as PowerPoint presentations, graphics, videos, papers or something completely new
    • Utilize digital resources such as virtual simulations to enhance the learning experience
    • Weekly meeting with your instructor and peers to keep you on track
    • No “due dates” – although all projects need to be submitted by the end of the 16-week semester

$3,100 per 16-week semester for undergraduate courses
$4,000 per 16-week semester for graduate courses

Total standard tuition: $21,300 (based on completing undergraduate in 3 semesters and graduate in 3 semesters – can be completed in fewer semesters)

Note: start with a maximum of 3 courses; add as your schedule permits

92%

Could Apply What They Learned To Their Job

98%

Recommend American Sentinel to a Friend

98%

Satisfied With Their Studies

Source: End of Course Surveys 2019

What Our RN to BSN/MSN Graduates Can Do

Program Outcomes: Graduates of the RN to BSN/MSN accelerated nursing degree program will be able 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.

The Mission of the RN to MSN program is to prepare highly qualified professional nursing personnel to serve global healthcare communities as administrators, educators, and informatics specialists.

Practice Experience hours are embedded in three of the RN to BSN courses and they replace other required coursework activities such as reading and written assignments. Community engagement hours allow the student to complete activities that link directly to assignments and projects, allowing students to put their new skills and knowledge to use immediately.

Examples of Practice Experiences

  • IDENTIFY a trouble area in your healthcare organization and assemble a plan to address it (example: plan to reduce the number of patient falls in a unit)
  • EXPLORE “Sentinel City®” by riding a virtual bus and cataloging social and environmental issues in the community
  • USE your skills to assess a virtual patient and create a discharge plan for that patient based on your observations
  • SHADOW a nurse leader with experience in your specialization, paying special attention to how they apply nursing theory in their daily work
  • DEVELOP an educational session that focuses on evidence-based practice in the nursing field
  • INTERVIEW someone in upper management about the stewardship activities of the organization
  • REVIEW the structure of your organization and note both the formal and informal power structures and alliances that influence decision-making

Questions about practice experiences? Contact your Admissions Advisor at admissions@americansentinel.edu or by phone at 866.922.5690 for more details.

Elaine Foster

Practice experiences (PEs) are educational opportunities built into the nursing programs to accommodate programmatic accreditor (CCNE and ACEN) requirements. Though it is a new type of assignment, PEs are not extra work, instead they replace more traditional schoolwork, such as reading and writing assignments. As interactive learning assignments, PEs encourage students to put what they learned in the classroom to work immediately.

ELAINE FOSTER
Ph.D., MSN, RN, Dean, Nursing and Healthcare Programs

RN to B.S. Nursing/M.S. Nursing – Term-Based Curriculum

The RN to BSN portion of this program is based on the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model. Nursing students will be awarded 60 credit hours for their U.S. RN license and original nursing curriculum, including foundational courses, from an associate degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing. View more information on RN to BSN/MSN practice experiences.

American Sentinel has partnered with Sophia Pathways to offer undergraduate general education alternativesmaking it more convenient to achieve your degree.

GRADUATE COURSES (36 credit hours) Credit Hours*
CORE COURSES (18 credit hours)
N501PE MSN Role Development*3
N505PE Theoretical Foundations*3
N515PE Research Design*3
* BSN is awarded upon completion of N501PE, N505PE, and N515PE
N512 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
N521 Advanced Pharmacology3
N522PE Advanced Physical Assessment3

* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours

GENERAL EDUCATION (30 credit hours) Credit Hours*
ORI100 Orientation0
Communication Competency (choose 6-9 credit hours)
COM200 Intercultural Communications3
ENG105 Beginning Writing3
ENG110 English Composition I3
Humanities (choose 6-9 credit hours)
GHIS200 Global History of Nursing3
GHIS201 History of Global Health3
HIS125 Western Civilization I3
HIS225 Western Civilization II3
HUM200 Nursing: A Critical Voice in Health Care Transformation3
HUM201 Media and Nursing3
PHI215 Philosophy of Religions3
Behavioral and Social Sciences (choose 6-9 credit hours)
GA200 The Comparative Study of Health Care Systems3
GEO200 Global Geography3
NUTRI101 Global Nutrition3
SOC220 Globalization3
Science, Mathematics and Information Technology (6-9 credit hours required)
MA120 College Algebra3
MA215 Statistics (required for RN to BSN/MSN students)3
Credit by Exam
Culture and Values: A Survey of the Humanities3
Gardner’s Art through the Ages: A Concise Global History3
Jazz: The First 100 Years3
Worlds of Music3

NOTE: Students may transfer courses in Physics, Geography, Geology, Forensic Science, Ethics in Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology to fulfill the six credit hour Science, Mathematics and Information Technology requirement.

* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours

RN to B.S. Nursing/M.S. Nursing – Powered by SIMPath® Curriculum

The RN to BSN portion of this program is based on the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model. Nursing students will be awarded 60 credit hours for their U.S. RN license and original nursing curriculum, including foundational courses, from an associate degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing. View more information on RN to BSN/MSN practice experiences.

American Sentinel has partnered with Sophia Pathways to offer undergraduate general education alternativesmaking it more convenient to achieve your degree.

RN to BSN/MSN, Powered by SIMPath®
GRADUATE COURSES (36 credit hours)
Credit Hours*
CORE COURSES (18 credit hours)
N501PE-CBE MSN Role Development*3
N505PE-CBE Theoretical Foundations*3
N515PE-CBE Research Design*3
* BSN is awarded upon completion of N501PE-CBE, N505PE-CBE, and N515PE-CBE
N512-CBE Advanced Pathophysiology 3
N521-CBE Advanced Pharmacology 3
N522PE-CBE Advanced Physical Assessment 3

* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours

GENERAL EDUCATION (30 credit hours) Credit Hours*
ORI100 Orientation0
Communication Competency (choose 6-9 credit hours)
COM200 Intercultural Communications3
ENG105 Beginning Writing3
ENG110 English Composition I3
Humanities (choose 6-9 credit hours)
GHIS200 Global History of Nursing3
GHIS201 History of Global Health3
HIS125 Western Civilization I3
HIS225 Western Civilization II3
HUM200 Nursing: A Critical Voice in Health Care Transformation3
HUM201 Media and Nursing3
PHI215 Philosophy of Religions3
Behavioral and Social Sciences (choose 6-9 credit hours)
GA200 The Comparative Study of Health Care Systems3
GEO200 Global Geography3
NUTRI101 Global Nutrition3
SOC220 Globalization3
Science, Mathematics and Information Technology (6-9 credit hours required)
MA120 College Algebra3
MA215 Statistics (required for RN to BSN/MSN students)3
Credit by Exam
Culture and Values: A Survey of the Humanities3
Gardner’s Art through the Ages: A Concise Global History3
Jazz: The First 100 Years3
Worlds of Music3

NOTE: Students may transfer courses in Physics, Geography, Geology, Forensic Science, Ethics in Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology to fulfill the six credit hour Science, Mathematics and Information Technology requirement.

* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours