Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Master's Degree

Online Program

Next Start Dates
July 05, 2022
October 03, 2022

18 months Estimated time to completion with full-time study1

Under $10,000 Total estimated program cost4

CCNE Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education2

Step Out as a Leader with Your MSN for Under $10K

Our online CCNE-accredited2 Master’s degree in Nursing supports working nurses like you with flexible schedules and valuable support. If you’re a registered nurse with a BSN, this is a powerful next step to build your identity as a nurse leader without taking a break from your career.

Our online Empowered Learning courses offer the kind of time flexibility that really helps as you’re managing work shifts along with your education. Many nurses also appreciate the focus on doing real-world projects in each class. Empowered Learning also allows you to:

  • Go faster when you can, and slower when you need to
  • Join the live online lectures or listen to recorded lectures when it's convenient, with no weekly deadlines
  • Learn at your pace while staying connected with faculty and peers
  • Showcase your competencies and skills to employers with your digital Comprehensive Learner Record

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With an affordable cost under $10,000 (excluding the PMHNP specialization),4 four start dates a year, no GRE®5 requirement and no application fee, you can start your MSN degree without delay.

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Choose Your Specialization

Advanced Nursing Specializations

Your nursing talents are unique. That’s why Rasmussen University gives you the choice of three specializations to help define your career course. Prepare for the current and future of healthcare as a nursing leader, regardless of the specialization you choose. Each specialization includes a common foundation of seven core MSN courses, but allows you to pursue your passion with five specialization-specific courses. You'll also have the opportunity to apply newly-acquired advanced skills through practicum experiences in your own community.

  • Nursing Leadership and Administration

    You Bring

    • An interest in leadership and the business side of nursing
    • A passion for clinical excellence and affecting change in nursing practices and patient care
    • Readiness to impact management and policy discussions

    You'll Study

    • Nursing leadership
    • Administration and interdisciplinary collaboration
    • Human resources/performance management
    • Finances

    Career Paths

    • Chief nursing officer
    • Director of nursing
    • Nurse manager
    • Nurse administrator
    • Nurse executive
    • Nurse compliance inspector
    • Case manager

    Specialization Courses
    • Advanced Nursing Leadership // NGR 6801
      • Focuses on the knowledge, abilities and skills that guide advanced nursing leadership.
    • Meaningful Communication and Collaboration // NGR 6250
      • Emphasizes the importance of effective communication and building relationships to help facilitate leadership.
    • The Business Side of Nursing // NGR 6100
      • Provides the tools to evaluate healthcare economics as an essential part of nursing leadership development.
    • Leadership and Management in Advanced Nursing Practice // NGR 6117
      • An indirect-care practicum that allows you to utilize newly-developed leadership knowledge and skills at an advanced nursing practice level.
    • Advanced Nursing Practice // NGR 6703
      • Frames the opportunity to engage in a graduate level, direct-care practicum integrating newly-acquired advanced nursing knowledge into practice.

  • Nursing Education

    You Bring

    • A passion to train and educate current and future nurses for a role in hospital or academic settings
    • A desire to assist in the career growth of current and future nurses, and help address nursing shortages

    You'll Study

    • Nursing leadership within an educational setting
    • How to build pathways to create transformational learning
    • Effective curriculum design
    • A variety of teaching strategies

    Career Paths

    • Director of education
    • Nursing faculty
    • Academic leadership
    • Staff development leader in healthcare organizations

    Specialization Courses
    • Role of the Nurse Educator // NGR 6701
      • Teaches the essential foundations of the nurse educator role.
    • Curriculum Design and Program Evaluation // NGR 6300
      • Analyzes the ingredients in building a successful curriculum. Learn how to evaluate programs and how to align with evidence-based nursing education strategies and national guidelines.
    • Nursing Education in the Classroom // NGR 6050
      • Implements working strategies to improve levels of achievement. Practicum focuses on the role of the nurse-educator and the application of creative teaching strategies.
    • Nursing Education in the Clinical Setting // NGR 6150
      • Centers on the role of a clinical nurse educator, with a practicum experience focusing on creative teaching strategies in a clinical environment.
    • Advanced Nursing Practice // NGR 6703
      • Frames the opportunity to engage in a graduate level, direct-care practicum integrating newly-acquired advanced nursing knowledge into practice.

  • Healthcare Technology, Simulation and Informatics

    You Bring

    • A passion to pursue transformative healthcare through informatics, emerging technology and simulation
    • Readiness to champion innovation through the lens of technology and data
    • A passion to serve as a translator and health technology innovator to amplify the voices of clinicians and patients

    You'll Study

    • The use of simulation in healthcare and nursing education
    • Evolving opportunities in nursing informatics, where data and technology are leveraged to drive desired outcomes
    • The latest and emerging healthcare-advancing technologies

    Career Paths

    • Chief nursing informatics officer
    • Director of clinical Informatics
    • Clinical analyst
    • Nursing/clinical informatics specialist
    • Clinical educator
    • Simulation education specialist
    • Simulation coordinator or technologist
    • Director of innovation
    • Innovation specialist

    Specialization Courses
    • Healthcare Technology // NGR 6820
      • Examines the use of current health technology and considers the direction of future innovation.
    • Simulation in Healthcare // NGR 6716
      • Focuses on best practices for simulation-based education (SBE), with an opportunity to design components of simulation experiences and operations.
    • Informatics in Advanced Nursing Practice // NGR 6870
      • Introduces the foundations of nursing informatics. Includes standards of professional practice and use of evidence and theories specific to informatics.
    • Integrating Technology // NGR 6840
      • A chance to show your skills in an indirect-care practicum experience. Take part in analysis of internal and external evidence; devise theories and solutions to real problems.
    • Advanced Nursing Practice // NGR 6703
      • Frames the opportunity to engage in a graduate level, direct-care practicum integrating newly-acquired advanced nursing knowledge into practice.

Built for Working Nurses

Our program is designed for busy nurses, so you can continue to work while you earn your degree. We offer 100% online curriculum complemented by local practicum experiences and four start dates per year.

MSN on Your Schedule

Online Empowered Learning courses allow you to learn by doing and manage your pace. Go faster when you can, and slower when you need to with no weekly deadlines.

Support at Every Turn

From 24/7 tech support, experienced faculty, graduate services advisors and career services to library and learning services with over 400,000 ebooks and electronic reference materials, we’re dedicated to a robust learning community.

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Practicum Skills

Synthesize and apply your classroom learning and work experience in local practicum experiences within your community.

Dedicated Career Services

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On the go or at home, online courses allow you to learn at your pace, wherever you work best.

Empowered Learning™

Learn by doing real-world projects, manage your pace and stay connected with faculty and peers.

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Tuition & Savings

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We are committed to providing affordable tuition and breaking down the numbers so that you can see how achievable your goals are. With four start dates a year, 11-week terms and a total of 12 courses, full-time students can finish in as few as 18 months1 for as low as $10,000.4

$155 cost per credit
x 48 total credits
$7,440 total tuition
+ $2,460 total fees
$9,900 estimated total program cost

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Earn Your MSN for Under $10K

Complete your MSN degree for less than $10,000.4

No GRE®5 requirements and no application fees—you'll start classes and be on your way to your MSN degree.

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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 cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher, 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. A cleared background check will be required for participation at practicum sites.

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  1. Completion time is dependent on the number of courses completed each term.
  2. The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Rasmussen University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
  3. As of July 14, 2021, Rasmussen University had 8,524 students enrolled in School of Nursing programs. As of June 30, 2021, Rasmussen University had 19,539 nursing alumni. This number represents the total number of those who graduated from a School of Nursing program between March 20, 2006, and June 30, 2021. For the spring quarter of 2021 (April - June), Rasmussen University had 603 full-time and adjunct nursing faculty.
  4. Tuition for MBA, MHRM, MHA and MSN programs is $155 per credit ($125 per credit for MPH), excludes MSN Nurse Practitioner specializations. Students in all programs must maintain continuous enrollment to remain eligible for the tuition pricing of $155/$125 per credit. A student who withdraws and re-enrolls will be required to pay the tuition price offered at the time of their re-enrollment. Students who receive the tuition price of $155/$125 per credit cannot use any additional discounts, grants and/or scholarships. If a student needs to retake one or more courses in the degree program, the total cost of the program will exceed $10,000. Program cost breakdown: $7,440 in tuition + $2,460 in fees = $9,900 in program cost ($7,000 in tuition + $2,870 in fees = $9,870 in program cost for MPH). Program availability varies by campus and state; please see the Rasmussen University Catalog for details.
  5. GRE® is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service.
  6. 28 core MSN credits can be completed for $155 per credit. 41 PMHNP credits can be completed for $865 per credit.
  7. Program cost breakdown: 28 core MSN credits at $155 per credit ($4,340) plus 41 PMHNP specialization credits at $865 per credit ($35,465) and $3,570 in fees = total program cost of $43,375. Program availability varies by state. Please see Rasmussen University catalog for details.
  8. Students cannot receive both corporate and military grants.
  9. 2019 Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Salary Survey, September 2019, Clinical Advisor. This data does not represent starting salaries and reflects an average. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  10. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed October 6, 2021] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed October 6, 2021] 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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