RN-BSN-MSN Program

Online Undergraduate Degree

Take your Nursing Career to the Next Level

CUW’s online nursing programs meets the needs of today’s busy nursing professionals. The 21st century health-care environment is more complex than ever. Concordia University Wisconsin’s online RN-BSN-MSN will provide you with the enhanced knowledge and skills in order to meet the challenges and opportunities of this environment. The online RN-BSN-MSN will help you to increase your knowledge of health-care systems and policy, clinical decision making, Evidenced Based Practice and health-care leadership.

Program Features and Benefits

  • Our RN-BSN-MSN program allows nurses who have completed their associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) to pursue a BSN-MSN degree in a streamline format with the option to exit at any level or continue.
  • This program offers three areas of specialization: Nurse Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner, or Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.
  • There are significant time and cost savings by combining BSN and MSN studies.
  • Courses are offered through the flexible online format, and easily accommodate a full-time work schedule.
  • Courses are built upon a Christian foundation.

Step One: Complete Liberal Arts

Complete Liberal Arts

Course NumberCourse TitleDescriptionCredits
Theology - 6 Credits Required. Must be taken through CUW.
REL 383Gospel of LukeThis course surveys foundational principles and techniques in biblical interpretation using the Gospel of Luke.3
REL 388Varieties of BeliefVarieties 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.3
AL 210TheologyThis course challenges the student to think theologically, yet concretely. Biblical, doctrinal, moral, and practical theology will be surveyed. This course will draw from various traditions, but a biblical foundation in the Christian tradition will be most prominent. Theological principles are applied to contemporary social and cultural issues.3
Humanities - 6 Credits Required.
LA 107Lib Arts for Health Care Prov.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.3
AL 161World ViewsThis course presents an overview of the history of Western Civilization - its basic chronology, major events and themes. Students will explore various eras by reading assorted historical documents.3
AL 103MusicThis course will prepare students for appreciating the experience, structure, and cultural influence of Western classical music. With a focus on the sociocultural background of composers and musical eras, provides students with appropriate terminology and insight so they may critique and discuss classical musical compositions and performance. Opportunity to apply learning to a live musical event, which does not need to be classical.3
AL 136Literary VisionsThis course brings literature to life with dramatizations of individual works and readings of literary passages. This introduction to literature incorporates both contemporary and traditional works in its selection of literary texts. It also places a strong emphasis on writing about literature as a way for students to learn and use advanced compositional techniques3
Social Science - 3 Credits Required.
AL 271Social Psychology in the WorkplaceThis course introduces students to the study of persuasion, conformity, and social influence through exploration of perception, cognition, self-justification, and small group behavior. The course uses the workplace as the context in which these concepts are explored. Students learn how an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by others and learn methods social scientists use to study human behavior.3
SOC 343Women's HealthAvailable in Summer Only - This course reflects both her individual biology and her sociocultural, economic, and physical environments. A discussion of women's issues through the history of where women were, what they've accomplished, and what yet needs to be don in order for women to realize their potential. Topics include reproductive rights, professional opportunities, work and family, race, and crime and violence against women.3
Chemistry - 3 Credits Required.
Must be transferred or taken on campus.
Chemistry With Lab4
Mathematics - 3 Credits Required. Accepted in Transfer if completed in last four years.
BUS 315Business StatisticsThis course will provide students with a working knowledge of statistics, which will be help them make proper business decisions under uncertain conditions . Areas to be covered include descriptive statistics, probability inferential statistics, discrete and continuous probability distributions, and regression analysis.3
MATH 130*Basics of StatisticsResidency Required. Basics of Statistics studies the basic methods of sampling and interpreting data probability, the normal distribution, correlation, hypothesis testing and confidence intervals.3
MATH 205*Statistics IResidency Required. Statistics I studies the basic methods of sampling and interpreting data, probability, the normal distribution, correlation, hypothesis testing and confidence intervals.3
Communications - 3 Credits Required.
AL 180Interpersonal CommunicationsInterpersonal Communications focuses on the role of self-concept, perception, nonverbal behaviors, listening, self-disclosure, power, gender, and conflict within relationships in the workplace, community and home. Everyday negotiation skills are developed within the context of interpersonal conflict management.3
AL 270Intercultural CommunicationsIntercultural Communications provides students with an opportunity to develop communication skills necessary for a diverse workforce. In this course students come to understand intercultural communication by discussing language, stereotypes, behavior and patterns. Students develop the ability to apply cultural concepts to modern business situations and relate across cultures within that setting.3
Life Span Development - May Be Clepped out of.
Life Span DevelopmentMust be transferred, taken on-campus, or clepped out of.3

*Denotes Courses Offered in Face-To-Face Format Only


Step Two: RN-BSN

Online Cohort for RN - BSN

24 Credits Required.

Course NumberCourse TitleDescriptionCredits
MSN 830Health Care in ContextHealth Care in Context provides introductory information regarding the currently changing health care arena and the evolution of the role of advanced practice nurse (APN). Content includes socio-economic, political and professional issues involved in the health care delivery process.2
MSN 834Nursing TheoryNursing Theory 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.2
NURS 342Community WellnessCommunity Wellness studies nursing responsibilities in assisting individuals, families, and groups to meet stressors and retain, attain, and maintain system stability within the community setting.6
MSN 802Ethics in Health CareEthics in Health Care 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.3
MSN 840Nursing ResearchNursing Research 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.3
NURS 442Complex Nursing SystemsComplex 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.5
MSN 820Basic Statistics for the Health Care Professional3

Step Three: MSN

Select a track for your MSN program

MSN: Family or Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Track

34 Credits Required. Take either EDG 883 or EDG 880. MSN 538 has a residency requirement.

Course NumberCourse TitleDescriptionCredits
BIO 836PathophysiologyPathophysiology explores basic mechanisms that cells possess to withstand adverse stimuli and relates these mechanisms to the etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of common disease processes. A thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology is essential to the study of pathophysiology.3
COUN 843Counseling Theories and IssuesCounseling Theories and Issues provides both the historical and current perspectives of various theories of counseling, as well as introducing the student to the profession of counseling. The graduate counseling program requirements are introduced including portfolio requirements for school counseling candidates, APA writing style, and legal and ethical guidelines for counseling.3
EDG 883Selected Issues in Family LifeSelected Issues in Family Lifeexplores issues in family systems and the cycle of family life. Topics focus on issues relating to family systems and stages of family development. The course is designed to generate an understanding of the family system in biological, psychosocial, and spiritual development.3
COUN 880Family DevelopmentFamily Development explores issues in family systems and the cycle of family life. Topics focus on issues relating to family systems and stages of family development. The course is designed to generate an understanding of the family system in biological, psychological, and spiritual development.3
BIO 842PharmacotherapeuticsPharmacotherapeutics is a body systems approach to the study of the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common disease processes throughout the life span.4
MSN 538
On Campus
Advanced Health AssessmentResidency Required -Advanced Health Assessment provides in-depth study of and experience in advanced health assessment. It utilizes a systematic approach that integrates aspects of past nursing courses and learning experiences into the implementation of critical thinking. Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning guides this process from factual information, analysis, judgments/decisions to implementation (synthesis) and subsequent evaluation.3
MSN 851Advanced Primary Care Nursing IAdvanced Primary Care Nursing I develops and analyzes critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for the diagnosis and management of health promotion and disease prevention concerns for individuals. The emphasis is on the five variables of the Betty Neuman Systems Model (BNSM) during history taking, physical examination and beginning discussion of addition data collection.4
MSN 852Advanced Primary Care Nursing IIAdvanced Primary Care Nursing II assesses individuals presenting health challenges. Integration of pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and pharmacotherapeutics with prevention as nursing intervention and medical supervision will be undertaken. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate advanced knowledge of common types of needs/problems presented by clients in primary health care settings, and will utilize this knowledge to develop clinical intervention strategies for planning patient care.4
MSN 853Advanced Primary Care Nursing IIIAdvanced Primary Care Nursing III is the culminating practicum that includes the preventions as intervention of health promotion, wellness retention, and identification of illness and treatment of health problems. A community focus for primary and secondary prevention as an intervention modality will be discussed. The community may include the immediate surroundings of the individual's residence, the city/jurisdiction of address, or a country of international description. Transcultural issues will include the environment for care delivery. The Advanced Primary Nursing Care focus will be on pediatric growth and development, pediatric wellness promotion, and health care delivery to pre-menopausal women.4
MSN 891Scholarly Project in NursingScholarly Project in Nursing is a culminating experience option for this program. If the student elects to do a scholarly project.3
MSN 892Global Perspectives/Primary CareGlobal Perspectives/Primary Care this course is designed to allow students to experience a cultural setting different from their own. The students will examine their own cultural beliefs and values in order to become more aware of what cultures consist of. APN's serve in diverse cultures so the need for cultural competence is important.3

MSN: Nurse Educator

37 Credits Required. MSN 538 has a residency requirement.

Course NumberCourse TitleDescriptionCredits
BIO 836PathophysiologyPathophysiology explores basic mechanisms that cells possess to withstand adverse stimuli and relates these mechanisms to the etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of common disease processes. A thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology is essential to the study of pathophysiology.3
EDG 821Human Learning & MotivationHuman Learning & Motivation examines the nature of contrasting theories of learning . Emphasis will be placed on major contemporary learning theories and their respective approaches to motivation . The primary objective is to provide in-service graduate students, as well as other school personnel, with a comprehensive picture of current major educational learning theories and issues and to develop their implication for the teaching process . This is a required course in the graduate program in Education Administration and Curriculum and Instruction; it has no prerequisites3
BIO 842PharmacotherapeuticsPharmacotherapeutics is a body systems approach to the study of the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common disease processes throughout the life span.4
MSN 538
On Campus
Advanced Health AssessmentResidency Required -Advanced Health Assessment provides in-depth study of and experience in advanced health assessment. It utilizes a systematic approach that integrates aspects of past nursing courses and learning experiences into the implementation of critical thinking. Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning guides this process from factual information, analysis, judgments/decisions to implementation (synthesis) and subsequent evaluation.3
EDG 807Curriculum DevelopmentCurriculum Development considers the factors that influence design, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on major educational philosophies and their respective approaches to curriculum development.3
MSN 877Evaluations and Testing in NursingEvaluations and Testing in Nursing describes concepts of measurement, evaluation, and testing in nursing education. Issues in test planning, writing, and assembling of items, and analysis of results are discussed. The course includes topics in the evaluation of critical think and performance in the assessment of clinical competencies. Ethical and legal issues involved in the evaluation process are discussed. The course is useful for teachers in any setting who are involved in evaluating students, nurses, or other health care professionals.3
MSN 871Nurse Educator INurse Educator I focuses on the development of advanced nursing practice knowledge and skills in a nursing specialty area such as medical-surgical, pediatrics, community health, as well as beginning the role development as a nurse educator. The class format is seminar style with each student presenting current, evidence-based concepts in the field. The presentations will be videotaped and teaching behaviors analyzed. A minimum of 12 hours per week will be spent in clinical with a master's prepared clinician preceptor to learn advanced nursing content.4
MSN 872Nurse Educator IIStudent-centered curriculum design development and related learning outcomes, learning experiences, and evaluation of learning for classroom education is the course focus.4
MSN 874Nurse Educator IIIStudent-centered curriculum design development and related learning outcomes, learning experiences, and evaluation of learning for classroom education is the course focus.4
MSN 891Scholarly Project in NursingScholarly Project in Nursing is a culminating experience option for this program. If the student elects to do a scholarly project.3
MSN 892Global Perspectives/Primary CareGlobal Perspectives/Primary Care this course is designed to allow students to experience a cultural setting different from their own. The students will examine their own cultural beliefs and values in order to become more aware of what cultures consist of. APN's serve in diverse cultures so the need for cultural competence is important.3