RN to MSN

Bring Your Future Into Focus

Discover Your Path to Nursing Excellence

Nursing is more than just an occupation—it’s a calling. You’ve seen firsthand the importance of your work’s impact, and now it’s time to build on your existing experience to do more with your career.

Our program was designed for nurses who have a diploma or associate degree in nursing and at least three years of work experience. Because we value the on-the-job skills you’re coming in with, we require no clinical hours—empowering you to earn your degree anytime, anywhere, without disrupting your schedule.

At Wilson, we offer you a choice of two RN to MSN tracks—Education or Leadership and Management—so that you can pursue the path that works best for your career goals. The Education track prepares you to work as a clinical instructor, professor, or staff educator and includes the required coursework to continue toward a nurse practitioner certification after graduation. The Leadership and Management track allows for administrative advancement in fields such as nursing, healthcare business, allied health, and quality assurance. If you’re interested in continuing to the doctoral level after your RN to MSN online program, both tracks can lead to a PhD in nursing.

Are you ready to get the education you need to become a nursing leader? It’s time to join us at Wilson.

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Choose Wilson for Your RN to MSN Degree

Our online RN to MSN program provides an accelerated pathway to gain the research-based foundations and applied leadership strategies to become a transformative nursing leader or educator. While both tracks will teach students to manage quality improvement, health policy, and ethical care across healthcare settings, each track also has specific learning outcomes, including:

MSN Education

  • Curriculum planning and design
  • Student assessment and evaluation techniques
  • Technology and informatics applications that support learning
  • Political, social, and institutional factors that influence the nurse educator role

MSN Leadership and Management

  • Policy development and implementation
  • Economics, business management, and quality improvement
  • Project management and data analysis
  • Social, cultural, and political factors that influence the healthcare system

What Will You Do With Your MSN Degree?

Whether you choose the Education or Leadership and Management track, our online RN to MSN prepares you with the dynamic skill set to serve in a variety of purpose-based roles. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for careers such as:

Education Track

  • Nurse educator
  • Professor
  • Nurse health coach
  • Clinical instructor
  • Program director
  • Staff development
  • Continued study toward nurse practitioner

Leadership and Management Track

  • Nurse manager
  • Nurse recruiter
  • Chief nursing officer
  • Magnet® recognized hospital administrator
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Curriculum & Courses

The RN to MSN program requires no clinical hours and is intended for nurses who have a diploma or associate degree in nursing, along with at least three years of experience. Students do not earn a bachelor’s degree, so they need careful advising to ensure that this plan of study is appropriate for their career goals. In this program, students complete three semesters (one year) of bridge courses designed to prepare them for success in a graduate program. After successful completion of the bridge, students enter the MSN program.

All students in the MSN program will complete the following core requirements, as well as the courses listed for their selected track:

Bridge Requirements

PHI 230

Healthcare Ethics

3 credit hours

NUR 223

Health Promotion for Health Providers

3 credit hours

- or -

PSY 331

Health Psychology

3 credit hours

NUR 280

Healthcare Informatics

3 credit hours

NUR 380

Research in Healthcare

3 credit hours

NUR 480

RN-to-MSN Bridge Course

3 credit hours

MAT 115

Introductory Statistics

3 credit hours

- or -

PSY 115

Understanding Statistics

3 credit hours

Required Courses

BUS 535

Interpersonal Dynamics

3 credit hours

NUR 501

Advanced Practice - Roles/Concepts

3 credit hours

NUR 523

Ethics and Healthcare Regulations

3 credit hours

NUR 586

Introduction to Research Methodologies

3 credit hours

NUR 587

Outcomes and Program Evaluation

3 credit hours

NUR 599

Master's Project

3 credit hours

MSN: Education Degree Requirements

Required Courses

NUR 530

Health Assessment-Adv Practice Nurse

3 credit hours

NUR 533

Advanced Pharmacology

3 credit hours

NUR 535

Advanced Pathophysiology

3 credit hours

NUR 536

Fnd of Nursing Education and Curriculum

3 credit hours

NUR 537

Outcomes and Program Evaluation

3 credit hours

BUS 538

Teaching Practices

3 credit hours

MSN: Nursing Leadership and Management Degree Requirements

Required Courses

BUS 567

Process Reengineering & Change Mgt

3 credit hours

- or -

BUS 549

Leadership Models and Practices

3 credit hours

BUS-5xx/NUR-5xx

Graduate Elective in BUS or NUR

3 credit hours

NUR 540

Healthcare Systems

3 credit hours

BUS 545

Healthcare Finance I

3 credit hours

BUS 546

Healthcare Finance II

3 credit hours

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Tuition and Aid

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$530 per credit

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54 credits

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Financial aid available

Wilson College Online is committed to making your education as affordable as possible. We’re proud to offer online courses at $530 per credit hour as a private college. Plus, our dedicated financial services team will help you along the way.

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Personal Learning Environment

Our 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures every student gets the individualized attention they deserve.

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Flexible Coursework

Asynchronous coursework allows you to work at your own pace with no set class times—enabling you to earn a degree when and where it makes sense for you.

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Attentive Faculty

Our devoted faculty truly care about your success, both in the classroom and beyond. Their virtual door is always open for mentorship, career advice, and academic support.

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Regional Recognition

Wilson College provides the opportunity for transformative education, which is why U.S. News named the institution among the Top Performers on Social Mobility in the North.

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No Clinical Hours

We value the clinical experience you’ve gained through working at the bedside. Regardless of the track you choose, no clinical hours are required to earn your MSN.

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Sense of Belonging

Our online programs honor Wilson’s rich history of providing accessible and inclusive education. No matter your background, you belong at Wilson.

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Get Your Degree While You Work

We know you’re more than just a student and you have many responsibilities outside of school. That’s why we offer flexible, asynchronous online courses that allow you to study at your own pace, on your own schedule.

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What You Need for Admission

Entry requirements for the RN to MSN program:

  • A diploma or associate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university, a minimum of three years of nursing experience, or a clinical recommendation
  • Active RN license in the state in which you practice
  • GPA of 3.0 (A lower GPA may be accepted upon interview and conditions set at the discretion of the program director.)
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  • Upon acceptance into the RN to MSN program, additional paperwork may be required.

About Wilson College

Initially founded as an all-women's college in 1869, Wilson College's mission is to empower students to be confident critical thinkers, creative visionaries, effective communicators, honorable leaders, and agents of justice in their communities. Across all programs and fields of study, the College is fiercely committed to and passionate about providing student-centric education and individualized attention, ensuring all students succeed.

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