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RN to MSN


DEGREE

Nursing is a Journey. Where Are You Headed?

The Gonzaga University online RN to MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) program is designed for registered nurses with an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) who want to earn an advanced nursing degree.

An online MSN can open up new career opportunities for nurses interested in management or specialized nursing positions—and with this accelerated program, you will earn your master’s degree much faster than you would earning your bachelor’s and master’s degrees separately!

Built with the flexibility to fit your busy career, the online RN to MSN program at Gonzaga University, located in Spokane, Washington allows multiple entry points on the road to your Master’s of Nursing. With an associate’s degree, it takes approximately 66 credits to finish the program, including a ten-course bridge that prepares students for master’s-level course work. Students with bachelor’s degrees need to complete only 36 to 47 credits to earn the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.

This bridge program is designed to prepare you for graduate-level work. You will study major research methods, approaches to improving health care and patient outcomes, and leadership topics to develop professional and management skills.

Degree Requirements

The online RN to MSN program requires the completion of ten “bridge” courses (30 credits) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to progress to MSN-level course work.

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RN to MSN Quick Facts

  • The RN to MSN program is comprised of 30 credits at the undergraduate level and 36-47 credits at the graduate level, for a total of 66-77 credit hours
  • Accredited
  • With this accelerated program, you will earn your master’s degree much faster than if you were to earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees separately
  • Fall, Spring and Summer terms
  • The “bridge” curriculum is only required for registered nurses with an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN)
  • If you have already obtained a bachelor’s degree, you are not required to take the “bridge” courses and can complete the program in 36 credit hours
  • There is a required two-day, on-campus immersion during the last practicum course in the MSN program
  • $900 per credit 500 level courses (Summer 2014); $710 per credit for 300 and 400 level (often bridge courses)

Careers & National Salary Averages

Nurse Educator Track:

Salary and job growth for Education Administrators, Postsecondary

Median wages (2012): $41.58 hourly, $86,490 annual

Employment (2010): 146,000 employees

Projected growth (2010-2020): Average (10% to 19%)

Projected job openings (2010-2020): 69,100

Salary and job growth for Health Educators

Median wages (2012): $23.46 hourly, $48,790 annual

Employment (2010): 63,000 employees

Projected growth (2010-2020): Much faster than average (29% or higher)

Projected job openings (2010-2020): 36,900

Source: www.onetonline.org

Our online nurse educator degree will prepare you to work as a nursing educator in the following positions:

  • Health Care Staff Development
  • Staff Educator
  • Claims Investigator
  • Nursing Instructor
  • Nursing Faculty
  • Director of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer

Health Systems Leadership Track:

Salary and job growth for Medical and Health Services Managers

Median wages (2012): $42.59 hourly, $88,580 annual

Employment (2010): 303,000 employees

Projected growth (2010-2020): Faster than average (20% to 28%)

Projected job openings (2010-2020): 141,900

Source: www.onetonline.org

  • Care Management Coordinator
  • Nurse Management – For example: Charge Nurse, Quality Assurance, Long Term Care, Staff Development, Resident Assessment
  • Chief Nursing Executive
  • Home Health Director

RN to MSN Tracks Options

Online RN to MSN Curriculum Focus

Except for practium courses in the bridge portion and the graduate portion of the program, courses are completed online. Within the structure of the class, you may organize your work around your own schedule. Whatever path you choose, our curriculum will thoroughly prepare you for a management role in nursing. Areas of study in Gonzaga University’s online RN to MSN degree program include:

  • Major research methods and the application of  evidence  to nursing practice
  • Advanced clinical subjects, such as pathophysiology
  • Methods of improving health care through systematic change management and application of ethical decision making strategies

Why Gonzaga's RN to MSN Degree?

  • The ability to earn your MSN degree faster than you would studying for a bachelor’s and a master’s degree separately
  • A convenient rolling admissions calendar so you can enroll at one of several times per year
  • Support to enhance writing and research skills
  • A curriculum designed by experts in the nursing field and a school with a respected history of educating nurses
  • A degree from one of the top universities, as ranked by US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes Magazine
  • Regional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)** and accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*
  • Transfer up to 20 percent of existing undergraduate or graduate credits (not including credits from a prior degree)