Earn a bachelor’s AND master’s degree in nursing in just two years, entirely online in the RN-to-MSN program at Trinity Washington University. Registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma or associate degree in nursing first earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, and nine credits apply towards their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). After completing the BSN degree, students seamlessly transition to the MSN program with a concentration in either the Nurse Educator track OR the Nurse Administration track.

With overlapping credits, this course of study is less expensive and takes less time to complete than earning your BSN and MSN degrees separately!

The BSN Program focuses on preparing Registered Nurses (RNs) to expand their clinical knowledge and patient management skills to serve as health care providers in a broad scope of clinical areas.

In the BSN curriculum, students will:

  • Learn from expert faculty who share contemporary nursing knowledge, clinical expertise, healthcare management, and application of nursing leadership
  • Identify and apply skills and principles to provide advanced patient care
  • Obtain increased preparation to assume broader responsibilities in a wide range of healthcare organizations
  • AND have an excellent foundation to be successful in the MSN program
  • Three courses (9 credits) of the BSN curriculum will apply to required core courses for the MSN curriculum

The MSN Program prepares students in two tracks; the Nurse Administrator track prepares nurses to work in areas of leadership and management as unit managers and directors. The Nurse Educator track prepares nurses to teach the next generation of nurses in the academic area OR as a unit-based educator to meet the ongoing education needs of nurses and staff in health care organizations.

In the MSN curriculum students will:

  • Learn from dedicated education experts
  • Develop areas of expertise from a curriculum that is based on National Nursing Professional Standards
  • Obtain the support needed for success and flexibility to meet family & work responsibilities through online course delivery
  • Select a full or part-time course path
  • Benefit from applying theoretical concepts to the application of practice during the Practicum Experience
  • Qualify to sit for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator Examination (CNE) OR the American Organization of Nurse Executives Certified in Executive Nursing Practice Examination (CENP) or the Certified Nurse Manager and Leader Examination (CNML).

PROGRAM QUICK FACTS


Degree Level: Undergraduate
Degree Type: M.S.N.
School: School of Nursing and Health Professions
Offered as a Major: Yes
Offered as a Minor: No
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Earn a bachelor’s AND master’s degree in nursing in just two years, entirely online in the RN-to-MSN program at Trinity Washington University. Registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma or associate degree in nursing first earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, and nine credits apply towards their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). After completing the BSN degree, students seamlessly transition to the MSN program with a concentration in either the Nurse Educator track OR the Nurse Administration track.

With overlapping credits, this course of study is less expensive and takes less time to complete than earning your BSN and MSN degrees separately!

The BSN Program focuses on preparing Registered Nurses (RNs) to expand their clinical knowledge and patient management skills to serve as health care providers in a broad scope of clinical areas.

In the BSN curriculum, students will:

  • Learn from expert faculty who share contemporary nursing knowledge, clinical expertise, healthcare management, and application of nursing leadership
  • Identify and apply skills and principles to provide advanced patient care
  • Obtain increased preparation to assume broader responsibilities in a wide range of healthcare organizations
  • AND have an excellent foundation to be successful in the MSN program
  • Three courses (9 credits) of the BSN curriculum will apply to required core courses for the MSN curriculum

The MSN Program prepares students in two tracks; the Nurse Administrator track prepares nurses to work in areas of leadership and management as unit managers and directors. The Nurse Educator track prepares nurses to teach the next generation of nurses in the academic area OR as a unit-based educator to meet the ongoing education needs of nurses and staff in health care organizations.

In the MSN curriculum students will:

  • Learn from dedicated education experts
  • Develop areas of expertise from a curriculum that is based on National Nursing Professional Standards
  • Obtain the support needed for success and flexibility to meet family & work responsibilities through online course delivery
  • Select a full or part-time course path
  • Benefit from applying theoretical concepts to the application of practice during the Practicum Experience
  • Qualify to sit for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator Examination (CNE) OR the American Organization of Nurse Executives Certified in Executive Nursing Practice Examination (CENP) or the Certified Nurse Manager and Leader Examination (CNML).

Affordable Tuition

The affordable tuition for the Nursing, R.N. to M.S.N. degree program in NHP is $825 per credit hour.

Program Format

  • Hybrid format: online courses with Friday face-to-face sessions
  • BSN component can be completed in one year
    • 9 credits completed in the BSN will apply to the MSN program
  • MSN component can be completed full or part-time within  6 semesters
  • The curriculum utilizes The American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN), The Essentials of Baccalaureate and Masters Education for Professional Nursing Practice, and The American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics as foundations that guide the curriculums.

RN to MSN Program Goals

  • Provide client-centered care which represents the diversity of clients’ preferences, values, and needs within the context of their families, communities, and the health care delivery system. (BSN Essential 7, 8, 9)
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors in the moral, ethical, and legal practice of nursing epitomized by altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice. (BSN Essential 3, 4, 5, 8)
  • Demonstrate integration of knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes through the use of clinical evidence and reasoning based on integration from the liberal arts and sciences and application of evidence-based knowledge in the nursing discipline. (BSN Essential 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9)
  • Identify threats to safety and develop strategies to minimize the risk of harm to individuals and populations. (BSN Essential 7, 8, 9)
  • Apply organizational, leadership, and management concepts including the use of technology, teamwork, communication, finance, healthcare policy, and regulatory environments in the provision of high-quality nursing care. (BSN Essential 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Provide competent nursing population-focused care incorporating concepts of health promotion, disease and injury prevention at the local, national, and international levels to meet society’s needs and shape social policy. (BSN Essential 2, 5, 6, 7, 8)

RN to MSN Student Learning Outcomes

  • Practice autonomously and collaboratively within inter-professional teams to provide direct and indirect care services in various types of health care systems. (MSN Essential 2, 7, 9)
  • Apply research findings from nursing and other disciplines as a basis for ethical clinical decision-making to improve practice and to formulate health policy. (MSN Essential 2, 4, 6)
  • Utilize evidence-based practice recommendations and professional standards of care to promote health, prevent disease, and improve the health status of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. (MSN Essential 4, 8)
  • Use effective communication skills and health information management resources to enhance the quality of care provided at individual and aggregate levels. (MSN Essential 5)
  • Demonstrate safe, effective assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation skills in caring for individuals and groups to promote health, prevent disease, and improve the health status of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations in a dynamic health care arena. (MSN Essential 3, 4, 8, 9)
  • Demonstrate advanced competencies appropriate for the nursing administration or nursing educator roles (MSN Essentials 9)

Registered nurses gain a B.S.N. degree and continue to earn M.S.N. to advance their nursing careers.

Learn In Demand Skills

  • Practice autonomously and collaboratively within inter-professional teams
  • Apply research findings from nursing and other disciplines
  • Utilize evidence-based practice recommendations and professional standards of care
  • Demonstrate safe, effective assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation skills in caring for individuals and groups
  • Demonstrate advanced competencies appropriate for the nursing administration

Prepare for Success: Potential Careers

Nurse Educator Career Pathways:
Academic Nurse Educator
Clinic/Unit-based Educator

Nurse Administration Career Pathways:
Nurse Administration/Management
Nurse Consultant
Health Services Manager
Nursing Supervisor
Director of Nursing
Chief Nursing Officer

Accreditation

Trinity’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Featured Nursing, R.N. to M.S.N. Courses

Nurse Educator Courses
NURS 515 Advanced Pathophysiology & Pharmacology
NURS 562 Advanced Health Assessment
NURS 650 Adv Clin Prac Spec for Nurse Educator
SNHP 501 Theoretical Foundations
SNHP 530 Quantitative Research and Biostatistics
SNHP 600 Instructional Strategies for Effective Teaching
SNHP 601 Informatics
SNHP 620 Curriculum Development and Evaluation
SNHP 630 Qualitative and Outcomes Research and Biostatistics
SNHP 651 Ethics
SNHP 640 Teaching and Clinical Practicum
HADV 621 Health Advocacy: Access and Navigation
NURS 650 Adv Clin Prac Spec for Nurse Educator

Nurse Administrator Courses
NURS 515 Advanced Pathophysiology & Pharmacology
NURS 562 Advanced Health Assessment
NURS 605 Administrative Theory in Nursing I
NURS 625 Administrative Theory in Nursing II
NURS 645 Practicum in Nursing Administration
SNHP 501 Theoretical Foundations
SNHP 530 Quantitative Research and Biostatistics
SNHP 601 Informatics
SNHP 630 Qualitative and Outcomes Research and Biostatistics
ADMN 607 Accounting and Finance for Evaluation and Control
HADV 621 Health Advocacy: Access and Navigation

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