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Master of Science in Nursing

Master's Degree

Ready to make an impact? With the Rasmussen College Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program, you’ll unleash your potential to guide fellow nurses and shape the future of healthcare. Our innovative and progressive curriculum is built around the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing, a set of standards designed by the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing.

Our MSN degree program offers the choice of two in-demand Nursing specializations to further set you apart. The Nursing Education specialization focuses on building skills around leadership within the educational setting, transformational learning, curriculum design and teaching strategies. The Nursing Leadership and Administration specialization emphasizes leadership, management, administration and interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as finance, human resources and performance management for nurse leaders.

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A Working Nurse Means a Working Student

Designed specifically for busy professionals, our online MSN program allows you to take one course at a time and still finish in as few as 18 months.1

Progressive Online Learning

A range of innovative and progressive online learning experiences includes case studies, healthcare forums, virtual clinical excursions and in-person practicum experiences.

Practical Proficiency

Real-world curriculum focuses on in-demand skills ranging from budgeting to creative teaching and assessment strategies.

Regional Accreditation

Rasmussen College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Visit our Accreditation page to see accredited programs within our Nursing school. Rasmussen College wishes to announce that it will host an on-site evaluation for initial accreditation of its Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree nursing program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Learn more about programmatic accreditation and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Credentials Offered

Master of Science in Nursing

Master's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning options

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources

Intended for

Students looking to further their education and aspire to take their nursing career to the next level in education or leadership roles.

Prepares you for

Registered nurse, nursing instructor, nurse teacher, nurse manager, director of nursing, clinical nurse educator, nursing faculty, or working in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, colleges, universities and other public, private and community settings

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Your Nursing Career Path

We’ve made advancing your business career easier by offering classes and credentials that fit into a busy working schedule. Through career-focused curriculum and practical, immersive opportunities in your courses, you can prepare for a successful leadership nursing career across a diverse range of clinical and educational settings. Our Career Path diagram below shows you how our curriculum is designed to let you smoothly transfer from one credential to the next—Diploma to ADN, ADN to BSN, BSN to MSN—until you’ve reached your goal. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.2 Here are just a few of the examples of where a Nursing degree can take you.

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LPN)

  • BLS Earnings Data:2

    • $32,970 10th Percentile
    • $38,010 25th Percentile
    • $45,030 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2016–2026:2


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Postsecondary Non-Degree Award

Registered Nurses (RN)

  • BLS Earnings Data:2

    • $48,690 10th Percentile
    • $57,340 25th Percentile
    • $70,000 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2016–2026:2


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

  • BLS Earnings Data:2

    • $40,630 10th Percentile
    • $55,080 25th Percentile
    • $71,260 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2016–2026:2


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Doctoral or professional degree

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Important information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program.


“Teaching as a nurse educator is a great way to stay current in practice and really lead and drive change in our profession from the ground up.”

Professor at Rasmussen College School of Nursing

Accreditation Information

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Announcement: Rasmussen College Hosting November Site Visit for Accreditation

Rasmussen College wishes to announce that it will host an on-site evaluation for initial accreditation of its Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree nursing program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The on-site evaluation is scheduled for November 7-9, 2018.

You are invited to submit written comments directly to:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K St., NW
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

All written comments should be received by the CCNE by October 17, 2018.

Additional accreditation details

  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed May 30, 2018] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
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