RN-BSN-MSN Program

Online Nursing Degree



The medical field is growing so quickly that demand for skilled nurses and nurse practitioners is higher than ever. The online RN-MSN program is offered to those students who currently hold an associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited school, are currently working as an RN, or are licensed as an RN in the state in which they reside.

Take the most direct track to a master’s of nursing degree using a seamless academic progression from RN to BSN to MSN all in one program, and receive a huge time and cost savings. The online RN-BSN-MSN degree program at Concordia University Online will help you to increase your expertise and candidacy for competitive jobs involving health-care systems and policy.

*Being accepted into the RN to BSN to MSN program does not necessarily guarantee admission into the MSN Nurse Practitioner program.

Area of Study Nursing
Next Start Date November 1, 2015

Credits: 126

113 credits at undergraduate rate of $457/ credit.

13 credits at graduate rate of $662/credit.

Total cost of Program: $60,249


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Goals / Objectives

  • Enact best practices in nursing education
  • Incorporate technology into curricula and educational programs
  • Use knowledge gained through clinical practice to maintain and improve nursing curricula
  • Use appropriate assessment, evaluation methods, and instruments to assess learning and achievement of course objectives and program outcomes
  • Develop curricula based on the mission, goals, framework and program outcomes of a program and institution

Career Outlook

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nursing Consultant
  • Researcher
  • Nursing Administrator

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RN-BSN-MSN Program*

*Up to 90 credits may be accepted as transfer from accredited associate degree or diploma nursing programs. A minimum of 11 liberal arts credits must be taken through CUW to meet residency requirements. MSN classes reflected below. For BSN classes please refer to the BSN page.

Nursing Core Classes

Bioethics for Health Care Professionals (MSN 802) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Bioethics for Health Care Professionals applies major ethical theories to clinical practice and health care dilemmas. The moral and religious dimensions of medical and health concerns/problems, especially those arising from the impact of new knowledge and technology, are considered. The principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice, as well grounded theory and alternate approaches to ethical decision making are applied to clinical situations. Topics include: informed consent, reproductive ethics and genetic technology, end-of-life dilemmas, trans-cultural ethics, health care reform, policy formation and research issues.
Basic Statistics for the Health Care Professional (MSN 820) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Health Policy and Issues in Advanced Nursing (MSN 830) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will explore and engage in a variety of healthcare issues facing advanced nursing practice. Students become involved at a personal and collaborative level in healthcare policy. In addition, students will analyze national and local nursing organizations and advocacy initiatives. Students will evaluate the pros and cons of public and private reimbursement policies. Additionally, students analyze healthcare quality and the influence of emerging technologies on healthcare outcomes. Ethical aspects of the United States and global healthcare will be addressed.
Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration (MSN 834) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration assists students in making clinical decision of significant gravity regarding client well-being . Scholarly inquiry into the basis for nursing practice provides the framework for answering clinical questions. Research is important for developing a body of knowledge unique to nursing. Concepts and relationships validated in the empirical arena become the foundation for theory development. A Theoretical context guides the study process from the research questions through the design, analysis interpretation and conclusion. Theories serve as heuristic devices by which new knowledge can be discovered to revise previous ways of nursing care delivery. Improved client care is the ultimate goal of theoretically guided research. Major areas of concern regarding nursing theory development are: deficient theoretical base to guide practice; proliferation of isolated studies not placed in a theoretical context and undue or premature focus on experimental research. Nursing knowledge needs to arise from practice and fold into theory which will inform practice. These three, knowledge, theory and practice, need to fit naturally into the advanced practice nurses’ experience.
Evidence Based Nursing Practice (MSN 840) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Evidence Based Nursing Practice will analyze the research process at the master's prepared level. Critical analyses of current nursing research, including evaluation of appropriate theoretical bases and application of statistical methods, are addressed. Implementation of the research process, utilization, and communication of research findings are discussed. Research skills are developed utilizing computer searches of literature, critiquing published research and designing an appropriate primary health care-related nursing research study presented in proposal form.
Community Wellness (NURS 342) - Credits: 6

Course Description

Community Wellness studies nursing responsibilities in assisting individuals, families, and groups to meet stressors and retain, attain, and maintain system stability within the community setting.
Complex Nursing Systems (NURS 442) - Credits: 5

Course Description

Complex Nursing Systems explores the principles of effective leadership/management skills in managing the health needs of individuals, groups and peers within the role of the professional nurse.

Theology - 6 Credits Required. Must be taken through CUW.

Gospel of Luke (REL 383) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Gospel of Luke surveys foundational principles and techniques in biblical interpretation using the Gospel of Luke.
Varieties of Belief (REL 388) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Varieties of Belief provides a framework for knowing about the teachings, practices, organization, and historical development of world religions and various Christian communities. Emphasis is also placed upon the Christian living in relation to the peoples of other faiths, especially in the North American context, with compassion, biblical confession and a missional intention.
Theology (AL 210EL)
No course description at this time.
Heritage of Faith (AL 159EL)
No course description at this time.
Christian Care Giving (REL 287) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Christian Care Giving offers the student preparing for full-time church work opportunity to understand and apply the theology of the cross and the practice of the church in Christian care giving.

Humanities - 6 Credits Required.

Lib Arts for Health Care Prov. (LA 107) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to give students an overview of the Humanities and a basic definition of them. The course will help students to improve their critical thinking skills in the areas of literature, art, and music, and will suggest means of growth and application both professionally and personally.
Worldviews: History (AL 161EL)
No course description at this time.
Music (AL 103EL)
No course description at this time.
Literary Visions (AL 136EL)
No course description at this time.
American Cinema (AL 206EL)
No course description at this time.
Art of the Western World (AL 208EL)
No course description at this time.
Nursing in Historical Context (NURS 331) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Introduces students to the concept that nursing today was formed by its history. Students will explore the development of the nursing profession, the impact of social and scientific changes on nursing, and nursing’s impact on society.

Social Science - 3 Credits Required.

Social psy. for the workplace (AL 271EL)
No course description at this time.
Women’s Health (SOC 343EL)
No course description at this time.
Eldercare (AL 342EL)
No course description at this time.
Abnormal Psychology (AL 424EL)
No course description at this time.
Criminology (JPP 103EL)
No course description at this time.

Cross Cultural - 3 Credits Required.

Faces of Culture (AL 286EL)
No course description at this time.
Intercultural Communication (AL 270EL)
No course description at this time.

Communications - 3 Credits Required.

Interpersonal Communication (AL 180EL)
No course description at this time.
Intercultural Communication (AL 270EL)
No course description at this time.

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