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Nursing is a Journey. Where Are You Headed?

The Gonzaga University online RN to MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) degree program is designed for registered nurses with an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) who want to earn an advanced nursing degree. Gonzaga University is located in Spokane, Washington and offers a highly ranked, accredited online RN to MSN degree program aimed to give students the flexibility to excel in their current field while preparing for new opportunities in nursing leadership, management, or specialized positions.

Gonzaga offers one accelerated degree path within the online RN to MSN program: Health Systems Leadership Option.

The RN-MSN degree gives you a direct path to take your career to the next level. You can earn the degree faster than a bachelor’s and master’s degree separately. With an associate’s degree, it takes approximately 51 credits to finish the program, including a five “bridge” courses of undergraduate coursework that prepares students for masters-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 five “bridge” courses (15 credits) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to progress to MSN-level course work. The bridge will take one full academic year to complete (summer/fall/spring).

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RN to MSN Quick Facts

  • The RN to MSN program is comprised of 15 credits at the undergraduate level and 36 credits at the graduate level, for a total of 51 credit hours
  • Accredited
  • An accelerated program allows you to 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 Health Systems Leadership track.
  • $955 per credit 500 level courses; $780 per credit for 300 and 400 level (bridge courses)

Careers & National Salary Averages

Health Systems Leadership Track:

Salary and job growth for Medical and Health Services Managers

Median wages (2015): $45.43 hourly, $94,500 annual

Employment (2014): 333,000 employees

Projected growth (2014-2024): Faster than average (17%)

Projected job openings (2014-2024): 56,400


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

Health Systems Leadership Track Option

Online RN to MSN Curriculum Focus

Within the structure of the class, you may organize your work around your own schedule. Courses are completed online except for practicum courses in the bridge portion and the graduate portion of the program, with one brief campus immersion. The curriculum will thoroughly prepare you for a 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
  • Courses begin 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
  • Transfer up to 20 percent of existing undergraduate or graduate credits (not including credits from a prior degree)

192797_CCNE_logoGonzaga is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The baccalaureate, MSN, and DNP programs at Gonzaga University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Gonzaga University’s School of Nursing & Human Physiology is no longer accepting applications for admission into the Nurse Educator (NE) track within the RN to Master of Science in Nursing program. Gonzaga University is committed to serving our current NE students with a curriculum and faculty dedicated to the Jesuit mission of educating students for the lives of leadership and service for the common good. The School of Nursing & Human Physiology will continue to accept applications for the Health Systems Leadership track.

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