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RN to Bachelor to Master of Science in Nursing

Earn two CCNE-accredited degrees in one accelerated RN to MSN program.

Undergraduate Courses

Total Credits 30-120

Cost per Credit $590

Graduate Courses

Total Credits 24-27

Cost per Credit $695

  • Earn two degrees in 3.5 years
  • Your prior work counts — transfer up to 90 credits
  • Pick from 3 specializations at the MSN level — Nursing Education, Nursing Management & Executive Leadership, and Clinical Nurse Leader
  • More affordable and faster — save time and money by earning your BSN and MSN at once

Our CCNE-accredited RN to MSN online program offers you a faster pathway to advance your nursing career. Graduate with the experience and credentials to meet the increased demand and 12% projected growth rate — more than twice the national average — within the nursing field.

What Makes Us Unique?

Nursing expertise at every level. Sacred Heart University is known for its excellence in nursing education. With programs at all levels of study, from BSN to DNP, Sacred Heart has the resources, expertise, and pathways that can propel you to continued career advancement and longterm success.

The Human Journey. Sacred Heart believes in a whole-person approach to patient treatment and nurse leadership. We call it The Human Journey. You’ll explore what it means to be a human being through literature, philosophy, religion, sociology, and more.

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A High-Quality Degree. Customized to You.

Study on your schedule and benefit from the 24/7 flexibility and convenience of Sacred Heart University’s asynchronous online curriculum.

You’ll choose between six start dates throughout the year and tailor your degree to your career with MSN specializations in Nursing Education, Nursing Management & Executive Leadership, and the Clinical Nurse Leader position.

Sacred Heart University is ranked a Top 30 Master’s Level College and University in the North, according to U.S. News & World Report. The RN-BSN-MSN is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), affirming it meets the highest standards of nursing education.

Career Outlook: Graduate Ready for Magnet Positions

Jobs in nursing are booming, with a projected growth rate of 12 percent — more than twice the national average — between 2018 and 2028.1

Earning both your BSN and your MSN gives you access to top-tier leadership positions and an incredible variety of roles. Focus your career on bedside nursing and providing truly exceptional patient care, or branch out into an advanced skill set in education, research, consulting or management.

In addition, more and more hospitals are pursuing the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Magnet Recognition, the gold standard for health care that emphasizes the importance of a BSN-educated staff. Stand out to these ambitious institutions with your advanced degree.


“The online RN-MSN program is very flexible. It allows you to work your schedule around your job and family and study at your own pace.”

– Monika Costa, Newington, Conn., RN to Bachelor to Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Education Specialization

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Curriculum: Two Programs in One

Our online RN-BSN-MSN allows you to experience two full degrees’ worth of coursework in a single program. You’ll start your coursework with Sacred Heart University’s signature core curriculum, The Human Journey, exploring what it means to be a human being through literature, philosophy, religion, sociology and more.

Complete your coursework with 8–9 MSN courses, depending on your specialization. That’s 3–4 fewer courses than the 12 required by most MSN programs, saving you time and money.


Program Outcomes: Become a Nursing Leader

You will complete Sacred Heart’s RN-BSN-MSN program ready to:

Choose From Three MSN Specializations

As part of the online RN-BSN-MSN program, you will choose from three Master of Science in Nursing specializations. Deepen your expertise in nursing education, nursing administration, or the Clinical Nurse Leader position to build a career that suits you.

If you already have your bachelor’s degree, in nursing or another field, you may be interested in our online Master of Science in Nursing.

Admission Requirements

To apply for Sacred Heart University’s online RN-BSN-MSN program, you’ll need:


Tuition Details

The online RN-BSN-MSN program consists of 30–120 undergraduate credits and 24–27 graduate credits and costs $590 per undergraduate credit and $695 per graduate credit.

Transfer in up to 90 credits (subject to credit eligibility) to graduate even faster and save even more money on your degree.

Affordability and transparency are priorities at SHU. We want you to have everything you need in order to make a decision about investing in a high-quality education.


Faculty: Accomplished and Accessible

Our online RN-BSN-MSN faculty have years of experience in their nursing specialties, extensive scholarly credentials and cutting-edge knowledge from the field.

These award-winning professors are well-versed in online teaching and they’re available to answer your questions and support you as you take the next step in your nursing journey.

Why Learn Online?

Accommodate your busy schedule and learn when and where it’s convenient for you. As an online student, you’ll work with the same accomplished faculty, receive one-on-one support and benefit from the same opportunities as our on-campus students.


Financial Aid

At Sacred Heart University, we strive to keep our programs affordable and encourage you to explore all of your financial aid options, including federal aid, military benefits and available scholarships.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

You’re saving time and money by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing through a single program, which you could complete in 3.5 years.

You can take as long as six years to complete the program.

You may transfer up to 90 credits, meaning you would need 54–57 credits from Sacred Heart University (depending on the specialization you choose) to complete the BSN and MSN.

For the Bachelor of Science in Nursing portion of the program, you’ll complete 72 clinical hours. The number of clinical hours you need to complete for the Master of Science in Nursing depends on the specialization you select. They are as follows:

  • The Nursing Education specialization requires 180 clinical hours
  • The Nursing Management and Executive Leadership specialization requires 120 clinical hours
  • The Clinical Nurse Leader specialization requires 348 clinical hours

The BSN program does not offer a specialization. Within the MSN, you’ll choose from three specializations:

The BSN does not have licensure. Graduate work in the online MSN Clinical Nurse Leader specialization prepares you for the AACN’s CNL Certification Exam. The online MSN in Clinical Nurse Education specialization will prepare you for Nurse Educator certification from the National League for Nursing.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Registered Nurses. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved October 8, 2019, from