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RN to MSN - Online

The RN to MSN program at Robert Morris University is designed for RNs who want to pursue an advanced degree but do not currently have a BSN degree. This program recognizes that Registered Nurses, prepared with an Associate Degree or Diploma, have valuable professional education and experience upon which to build. The RN to MSN program is offered completely online and may be completed in 3 years part-time, taking 2 courses each semester.

Students must complete the RMU core requirements and prerequisite courses. However, depending on previous education, many of these credits can be filled by advanced placement or transfer credits. Following the completion of the program, students will earn both a BSN and MSN degree.

RMU Core Courses

Program of Study RN to MSN

Admission Criteria
  • Associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited school of nursing.
  • Minimum QPA of 3.25 (If the QPA is below 3.25, the applicant may be given the option of submitting a review of professional experiences to support consideration).
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
  • Prior to enrollment into NURS prefix courses RN to MSN students must be employed as an RN

Application Procedures

Admission to the RN to MSN program requires an associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited school of nursing with a minimum QPA of 3.25. Applicants should apply online

The following will be required for the application process.
  • Official transcripts from the school of nursing and all colleges and universities attended
  • A copy of the applicant's RN license
  • A current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation. (download recommendation form)
  • A 300-word essay describing the applicant's career goals and reason for pursuing the MSN degree.
  • Applicants also are required to participate in a personal interview with a representative from the nursing department (by phone or in person, applicant choice)


Upon completion of this program what degree will be awarded?

This program is designed to facilitate the completion of both the BSN and MSN degrees.

What type of instructional format will be used for this program?

The program is completely online with classes in 8 week blocks. This means that students enrolled in this program can complete a course in 8 weeks.

How long with the program take to complete?

The RN to MSN program can be completed in 3 years part time. Completion time will be dependent upon the number of credits to transfer. An enrollment counselor will be able to help you to determine what credits will transfer.

Will there be clinical hours required for this program?

Yes. There is one course at the undergraduate level and three courses at the Master's level requiring additional clinical practicum time.

For More Information,

Shamika Zyhier, MSN, RN, CNE
Advisor, Online Nursing Programs

School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Robert Morris University