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Master of Science in Nursing

Online Master's Degree

Ready to make an impact? With the fully online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program, you’ll unleash your potential to guide other nurses and shape the future of healthcare. Our innovative and progressive curriculum allows you to focus on schoolwork when it's convenient for you, taking one course at a time—with flexible log-on times—to balance school, work and family while still graduating in as few as 18 months.1 The Master's in Nursing curriculum is built around the Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing, a set of standards designed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

The online program features two in-demand Master's in Nursing specializations so you can follow your passion and complete a program in your area of focus: Nursing Education or Nursing Leadership and Administration. Set yourself apart with specialized skills in our CCNE-accredited MSN degree program.3

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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. The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Rasmussen College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Online MSN Program Specializations to Focus Your Impact

Do you lead by example? The Nursing Leadership & Administration specialization is for nurses looking to bring an important voice and point of view to management and policy discussions. If you’re passionate about clinical excellence and effecting change in nursing practices, this specialization is for you.

The Nursing Education specialization is for nurses looking to turn teaching into their calling—whether in an academic or healthcare setting. The field needs mentors like you looking to play an important role in preparing future nurses for their role in patient care.

A Working Nurse Means a Working Student

Earning your Master’s in Nursing online can work on your schedule with classes designed specifically for you as a busy nurse looking to build on your current expertise and experience as an RN.

While you continue making a difference in patients’ lives, our program allows you to move as quickly as you want, or take one course at a time and still finish in as few as 18 months.

We've designed our program to include robust support and resources to aid you in your journey. Support ranges from a dedicated Graduate Services Advisor to program faculty who bring the combination of nursing knowledge and practical application into your courses, to research and writing lab resources and technical support that are available when you need them. 

With a Master’s degree in Nursing, you’ll expand your opportunities by learning through case studies, healthcare forums, virtual clinical excursions and in-person practicum experiences.

Transferable Skills

Along with program-specific skills, you will also learn six employer-valued transferable skills, or soft skills: critical thinking, digital fluency, information literacy, communication, diversity and teamwork, and ethics and professional responsibility.

All six skills are strategically embedded into your curriculum, further preparing you for your career. In our MSN program, you learn to integrate ethics and professional responsibility as essential elements of advanced nursing practice. Strengthen your information literacy skills through evaluating health policy by recognizing problems and creating questions, incorporating current research evidence and analyzing regional, national and global trends to identify solutions. Learn more about transferable skills.

Master of Science in Nursing Credentials Offered

Master of Science in Nursing

Master's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

  • Online

Intended for

Students looking for an online program to further their education and take their nursing career to the next level in education or leadership roles.

Prepares you for

Nursing Leadership roles, including:

  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Director of Nursing
  • Nurse Administrator

Nursing Education roles, including:

  • Nursing Faculty
  • Staff Development
  • Director of Education

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Your Nursing Career Path

We’ve made advancing your nursing education 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. Here are just a few of the examples of where a Nursing degree can take you.

Registered Nurses (RN)

  • BLS Earnings Data:2

    • $50,800 10th Percentile
    • $58,770 25th Percentile
    • $71,730 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2018–2028:2


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

  • BLS Earnings Data:2

    • $40,370 10th Percentile
    • $55,620 25th Percentile
    • $73,490 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2018–2028:2


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Doctoral or professional degree

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


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Rasmussen College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

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Additional accreditation details

  1. Completion time is dependent on the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed May 21, 2019] 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.
  3. The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Rasmussen College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
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