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RN to Bachelor to Master of Science in Nursing

Program overview

Accelerate your path to nursing leadership.

Graduate with two full nursing degrees and get faster access to more opportunities with the RN-BSN-MSN.

This program accepts 90 transfer credits and requires only a nursing diploma or ADN to apply.

Graduate with two full nursing degrees and get faster access to more opportunities with the RN-BSN-MSN.

This program accepts 90 transfer credits and requires only a nursing diploma or ADN to apply.

Quick Facts


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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.

Our distinguished faculty members have years of clinical experience and in many cases have studied nursing education and performed scholarly research.

Sacred Heart University’s RN-BSN-MSN is a CCNE-accredited program that helps you save time and money as you earn two advanced nursing degrees. We’ve designed this program to fit the life of a busy working nurse with all the flexibility and convenience of online learning.

Most of our students are registered nurses who work full-time and are returning to school to obtain their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing through one cost-saving program.

They’re seeking a degree from an accredited nursing school that has been regionally recognized for nursing excellence, and they desire a specialty in either clinical leadership, nursing management and executive leadership or nursing education.

You can apply right now. Our academic calendar has six RN-BSN-MSN start dates a year, with flexible modules to accommodate your financial aid, tuition reimbursement or scholarship funds. We can help you determine which start date is right for you.

If you have any questions, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

Online learning requires as much time and effort as a traditional campus course. In general, we suggest that you plan on spending 12–15 hours each week for a 3-credit, 8-week-long course.

Yes, Sacred Heart University offers nursing students the opportunity to travel internationally via Global Programs. If you have any questions, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

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