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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. Students can apply for either the Health Systems Leadership Track or the Nurse Educator Track in the MSN Program.

An online MSN can open up new career opportunities for nurses interested in nursing leadership, 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 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 and approaches to improving health care and patient outcomes
  • Update your knowledge and skill in health assessment
  • Learn how to create healthy work environments and improve population health

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.

Application Deadline:

  • Summer 2015 Application Deadline – April 15th
    • Classes start May 18th

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Scholarship Opportunities:
Gonzaga University is now offering scholarship opportunities to new students in the online RN to MSN and MSN Nurse Educator and Health Systems Leadership programs (graduate courses only). Download the scholarship application form here. For more information about these scholarships please inquire with the admissions department 1-866-380-5323.


PLEASE NOTE: We are not admitting nursing students from the following states: AR, AL, DE and NC.

RN to MSN Quick Facts

  • The RN to MSN program is comprised of 30 credits at the undergraduate level and 36 credits at the graduate level, for a total of 66 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) or diploma in nursing
  • If you have already obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing, 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 HSL Track, and two on-campus immersions are required (2-3 days each) for the Nurse Educator Track.
  • $900 per credit 500 level courses (Summer 2014); $710 per credit for 300 and 400 level (bridge courses)

Careers & National Salary Averages

Nurse Educator Track:

Our online MSN Nurse Educator program will prepare students to work as a nursing educator in the following positions/settings:

  • Staff development in a healthcare facility
  • Patient educator in a healthcare agency
  • Nursing faculty in an academic setting

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


  • Nurse Management – For example: Charge Nurse, Nurse Manager in acute care, outpatient, home health or long term care settings, Director or Nurse Administrator

RN to MSN Tracks Options

Online RN to MSN Curriculum Focus

Except for practicum 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 nurse educator or management role in nursing.

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 professional writing 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). The baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 877-6791.
  • Transfer up to 20 percent of existing undergraduate or graduate credits (not including credits from a prior degree)