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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

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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.

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Why Our RN to BSN/MSN Program Works for Working Professionals

  • Monthly start dates
  • Course length: 8 weeks
  • No mandatory login times
  • One-on-one support: MySentinel® Support
  • End of Course Surveys 2018 and Biannual Student Satisfaction Survey 2019 results:
    • 92% of students surveyed stated they could apply what they learned to their jobEnd of Course Surveys 2018 and Biannual Student Satisfaction Survey 2019 results:
    • 98% of students surveyed recommend American Sentinel to a friend
    • 98% of students surveyed are satisfied with their studies

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.

  • 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

Total tuition is $29,190++. Final tuition will depend on the number of transfer credits awarded and whether those transfer credits fulfill mandatory course requirements. Receive 60 credits for ADN or nursing diploma and RN license. An additional 30 credits can be earned by demonstrating course equivalency or Life Experience Credits. The maximum number of transfer credits is 90.

++Tuition listed is for nursing courses only. Most students transfer in a majority of the required general education credits. Students needing additional credits to fulfill the 30 hours of required general education will incur additional costs. Ask an Admissions Advisor for more information on the different low cost options for earning general education hours.

Finish the program in three years or less, or take each course at your own pace. We give you options instead of limitations.

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 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.

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

RN to B.S. Nursing/M.S. Nursing 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.

Nurses educated outside of the United States will be required to take ENG105 Beginning Writing as their first course.

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

CoursesCredit Hours*
BSN405 Reflective Practice, Issues, and Trends3
BSN410 Health Care Delivery and Quality Outcomes3
BSN421PE Leadership and Strategic Planning3
BSN432PE Community Health3
BSN436 Developing Nursing Practice3
BSN437PE Health Assessment3
BSN440 Case Management3
GRADUATE COURSES (36 credit hours)
CoursesCredit 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
N521 Advanced Pharmacology3
N522PE Advanced Physical Assessment3
N512 Advanced Pathophysiology3
CoursesCredit Hours*
Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership Specialization (18 credit hours)
N525PE Human Resources Management3
N530PE Leadership in Health Care Organizations3
N508PE Clinical and Administrative System3
N540PE Health Care Finance and Economics3
N545PE Health Care Strategic Management and Planning3
N555PE MSN Capstone3
CoursesCredit Hours*
Case Management Specialization (18 credit hours)
N508PE Clinical and Administrative Systems3
N541 Concepts of Case Management3
N542 Process of Case Management3
N543PE Case Management and Evidence Based Practice3
N544PE Life Care Planning3
N555PE MSN Capstone3
CoursesCredit Hours*
Nursing Education Specialization (18 credit hours)
N531PE Curriculum Design and Learning Outcomes3
N532PE Teaching to Diverse Learning Styles3
N533PE Assessment of Learning3
N534PE Distance Education3
N537PE Organizational Dynamics of Higher Education3
N555PE MSN Capstone3
CoursesCredit Hours*
Nursing Informatics Specialization (18 credit hours)
N508PE Clinical and Administrative Systems3
N535PE Health Care Informatics3
N526 Healthcare Data Analytics3
N527PE Healthcare Project Management3
IS555 Information Security and Privacy in Health care Environments3
N555PE MSN Capstone3
CoursesCredit Hours*
Infection Prevention and Control Specialization (18 credit hours)
EPI500 Clinical Epidemiology3
BIO501 Introduction to Identification of the Infectious Disease Processes3
N570PE Infection Prevention and Control3
N571PE Design of a Surveillance System3
N572PE Collection and Interpretation of Surveillance Data3
N555PE MSN Capstone3

* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours

General Education (30 credit hours)
CoursesCredit Hours*
ORI100 Orientation0
Communication Competency (choose 6 credit hours)
COM200 Intercultural Communications3
ENG105 Beginning Writing3
ENG110 English Composition I3
Humanities (choose 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 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 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