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October 05, 2020

Finish in as few as

18 months1

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  • Online

The  Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is for ambitious nurses who aspire toward nursing education or leadership roles that contribute to the future of healthcare. Our fully online MSN program is designed for busy working nurses who want to move forward in their career. The Master's in Nursing curriculum lets you focus on one course at a time or go as quickly as you’d like—with flexible log-on times—to balance school, work and family while still graduating in as few as 18 months.

Our CCNE-accredited MSN degree program lets you follow your passion and further set yourself apart with a choice of two specializations. Nursing Education is for those looking to turn teaching into a career. If you’re someone who stays up-to-date with the latest methods and technologies in patient care, this is the right path for you to educate future nurses.

Or if you’re a passionate leader, Nursing Leadership and Administration can help you bring an important voice and point of view to management and policy discussions. Interested in being responsible for professional development and employee satisfaction? This is the right path for you to lead by example and solve challenges in the workplace.

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  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.

After this credential

What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?

Become a Leader in Nursing

Equipped with a thorough understanding of your organization, a Nursing Leadership and Administration specialization will help you adapt to management’s decision-making personality. You will also ensure your workplace offers excellence in every aspect of patient care.

Educate the Next Generation of Nurses

Design education curriculum and develop programs of study for nursing students with a Nursing Education Specialization. Create assessment and evaluation tools for students, nursing colleges and healthcare organizations.

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential by year 2028 for registered nurses is 12% and for nursing instructors and postsecondary teachers is 20%. A Master's degree in Nursing from Rasmussen College can provide you with the advanced knowledge and transferable skills to help set you up for success in this growing field.

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What Skills Will I Gain?

Advance Nursing and Healthcare

Influence both future and current frontline nurses with education and administrative skill sets.

Lead in Diverse Settings

Serve changing public health needs in local and global communities.

Influence Healthcare Policy

Analyze and shape nursing and healthcare policies at the institutional and governmental levels.

Improve Healthcare Delivery

Integrate informatics and scientific principles to advance outcomes for patients and your organization.

Transferable Skills

You’ll also develop the soft skills you will transfer into your role. Core courses develop your skills in critical thinking, communication, digital fluency, information literacy, diversity and teamwork and ethics and professional responsibility. Learn more about transferable skills.

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Gain the skills necessary for a successful career in nursing leadership and make a greater impact on today's dynamic world of healthcare.

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

    Advanced Holistic Health Assessment

    • NGR 5300
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Builds on previous knowledge of anatomy, physiology and assessment skills. Emphasizes the application of advanced assessment techniques, performing focused and comprehensive health assessments, critical thinking, clinical reasoning and judgment, and collaboration with the inter-professional team.

    The Art of Influencing Policy

    • NGR 6000
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Examines the processes of influencing and forming healthcare policy by reviewing the history, theory, structure and process of policymaking. Students identify and analyze healthcare policy at a variety of levels. Students will understand the implications of economic, ethical and social policy decisions and how they impact healthcare.

    The Business Side of Nursing

    • NGR 6100
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Analyzes healthcare economics as an important, intrinsic part of the role of a nursing leader. Students study a budget and business plan using a variety of methods to challenge/support allocations while utilizing a systematic framework to support healthcare decisions.

12 Courses to Complete

48 Credit Hours

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What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

Entrance Requirements

Applicants to this program must hold a conferred Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA, possess a current unencumbered RN license that is valid in the United States and provide two letters of reference (one professional and one personal).

This program is not available to residents of all states. Please speak with an admissions advisor to determine your eligibility for enrollment.

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Where Can I Find a Nursing School Near Me?

At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available for your schedule; not the other way around. Many of our programs are available on campus or online. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. Contact an admissions advisor to find an MSN program near you.

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