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RN to Bachelor to Master of Science in Nursing

RN to Bachelor to Master of Science in Nursing

RN to Bachelor to Master of Science in Nursing

Accelerate Your Career

Accelerate your path toward nurse leadership with Sacred Heart's online RN–BSN–MSN program. If you have a diploma or associate’s degree in nursing, this program provides you with a faster route to a master’s degree and more career opportunities.

Save Time and Money: Sacred Heart’s online RN–BSN–MSN program combines the Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Nursing studies. Take graduate nursing classes at the undergraduate level and tuition rate. Depending upon your MSN specialization, this accelerated program requires you to take only eight or nine MSN classes instead of 12. Plus, you’ll earn your BSN along the way.

Already have a bachelor's degree? If you're interested in the Master of Science in Nursing but not a BSN, consider our direct entry online RN-MSN program. You don't need a BSN to enroll — only a current RN license and a bachelor's degree in any field of study. See full admissions requirements.

Watch the video and learn about what sets the RN-BSN-MSN apart from other online nursing programs from Sacred Heart's faculty members:

Choose an MSN Specialization

Along with a fast track to two in-demand nursing degrees, SHU offers three specializations within the online RN–BSN–MSN program to show you how to become a nurse leader. Choose the option that aligns with your career goals and interests.

  • Clinical Nurse Leader® (348 hours of clinical practicum): Learn to lead a team! Gain the skills and knowledge designed to address complex challenges involving patient safety, quality of care and costs.
  • Nursing Management & Executive Leadership* (120 hours of clinical practicum): Ensure effective and efficient care with high-level organizational skills and tools. This comprehensive specialization focuses on providing efficient and effective care from the management side, from day-to-day operations to long-term planning.
  • Nursing Education (180 hours of clinical practicum): Pass on your clinical expertise by teaching other nurses. Coursework explores curriculum design and evaluation theory, instructional strategies and issues in nursing education. Graduates from the program are eligible to sit for the National League of Nursing (NLN) Nurse Educator Certification Exam.

RN-BSN-MSN Program Features

Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education Accredited

  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Sacred Heart University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. http://www.ccneaccreditation.org
  • Transfer up to 90 credits!
  • 24/7 convenience and flexibility of the online format
  • Award-winning faculty members with extensive clinical experience, scholarly and teaching credentials and up-to-date knowledge.
  • A degree from one of the top 30 master's level colleges and universities in the North according to US News & World Report.

Learn more about how you can earn two degrees in one convenient program with SHU’s online RN–BSN–MSN. Click here or call 877-791-7181 to speak to an Admissions team member.

*Note: This specialization has replaced former track: Patient Care Services Administration (PCSA). The name change and curricular updates and modifications have been made to reflect current leadership trends to enhance the program.


Sacred Heart University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of six regional association in the United States that accredit schools and colleges.