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Online RN-BSN-MSN: Career Outlook

Explore your potential and reach the next level of nursing.

Qualify for more opportunities faster with the RN to Bachelor to Master of Science of Nursing (RN–BSN-MSN). In just 3.5 years, you can earn both your baccalaureate and graduate degrees in nursing and prepare for a wide variety of advanced positions.

You’ll also tailor your education to your career goals with an in-demand MSN specialization1 in Nursing Education, Nursing Management & Executive Leadership, or Clinical Nurse Leader, a certification created by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to meet the ever-evolving needs of modern health care.

Much of the demand for better-educated nurses is driven by hospitals pursuing Magnet Recognition, the gold standard for health care excellence that prioritizes BSN-educated nurses. With both degrees, you’ll stand out to these ambitious, high-quality hospitals.

Whether you want to deepen your commitment to bedside care, or build new skills in administration, education, or cross-disciplinary leadership, our online RN-BSN-MSN program helps you build a longer-lasting, more fulfilling and rewarding career.

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL):


As a Clinical Nurse Leader, you would take the lead in collaborative patient care, working alongside social workers, pharmacists, physicians and more. You’d help patients advocate for their needs and educate them about their diagnoses and treatment plans. This role requires CNL certification.5

Prepare for this position with the MSN – Clinical Nurse Leader specialization.

Nursing Educator:


As a nursing educator, you might teach in a college or university classroom, as well as a hospital or other health services environment. You’d mentor and advise your students and pass on your hard-won nursing expertise through curricula you design.6

Prepare for this position with the MSN – Nursing Education specialization.

Chief Nursing Officer:


As your hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer (also known as a CNO), you would manage staff levels, create both hospital and departmental budgets, and maintain a positive and professional connection between your nursing staff, physicians and other practitioners.7

Prepare for this position with the MSN – Nursing Management & Executive Leadership specialization.

Nurse Case Manager:


As a nurse case manager, you’d oversee the health care needs of individual patients, from the moment they’re admitted, to discharge and beyond. You’d take the lead in creating treatment plans tailored to each patient’s needs, including medication, nutrition and rehabilitation.8

Prepare for this position with the BSN portion of this degree, as well as the MSN – Clinical Nurse Leader specialization.

Additional roles for RN-BSN-MSN graduates:

  • Clinical Director
  • Clinical Informatics Systems Analyst
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Clinical Research Nurse
  • Director of Nursing
  • Director of Nursing Education
  • Director of Patient Care Services
  • Health and Social Services Manager
  • Mental Health Program Manager
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nutrition Services Manager
  • Patient Care Manager
  • Patient Nurse Navigator
  • Pharmaceutical Nurse Educator
  • Practice Administrator RN
  • Quality Assurance Coordinator

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Career-Ready 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 management or the Clinical Nurse Leader position to build a career that suits you.

MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader

Advocate for superior patient care and lead a team of integrated health care professionals, including social workers, pharmacists, physicians and fellow nurses.

MSN: Nursing Education

Complement your clinical experience with teaching skills and learn to design curricula, evaluate your students and step into the role of instructor.

MSN: Nursing Management & Executive Leadership

Discover how to manage a budget, create and implement administrative processes, make certain your procedures meet professional and ethical standards, and more.

Guidance Beyond Graduation

More than 98 percent of Sacred Heart alumni are employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school within a year of graduation.

Our Center for Career & Professional Development provides support to help you find your next opportunity and continue to grow outside of class.

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Career Coaching

Work one-on-one with a Sacred Heart career counselor to define your professional goals, practice for upcoming job interviews and more.

Extensive Network

Meet potential employers and connect with a network of 35,000+ Sacred Heart alumni in person and on LinkedIn.

Résumé Workshops

Get your résumé, cover letter and LinkedIn profile critiqued by peers and career-development experts to stand out from your competition.


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  6. Payscale (2019 September 18). Average Nurse Educator Salary. Retrieved October 10, 2019, from
  7. Payscale (2019 September 18). Average Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Salary. Retrieved October 10, 2019, from
  8. Payscale (2019 September 18). Average Nurse Case Manager Salary. Retrieved October 10, 2019, from