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Online RN to MSN Pathway

Climb the Nursing Ladder. Elevate Your Career.

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Finish in as few as 24 to 36 months*

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Preparation for continued career growth

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65 credits*

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Bring Your RN. Leave With a Master’s Degree.

You’re a registered nurse who’s ready to keep growing in your career. Your goals don’t end with a BSN; you’re ready to advance your skill set as a nursing leader and become more specialized in your practice. At The University of Tulsa, we provide a pathway designed specifically for motivated RNs like you to keep progressing toward graduate-level education.

Our online RN to MSN program links our 35-credit* RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to our 30-credit Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), allowing you to earn your MSN in as few as 24 to 36 months. Designed to accommodate the working nurse, the RN to MSN features a flexible eight-week course format.

At TU, we’re committed to supporting your degree goals. That’s why we accept up to 72 transferable credit hours in general education and foundational nursing courses.* You may also be eligible for up to 18 additional transfer credits upon submission and review of a professional portfolio.

If you’re not already a licensed RN and you have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field, TU’s online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) can help you take those first steps toward a nursing career.

*Please note that the time to completion and total credit hours required may vary based on your individual official transcript evaluations and professional portfolio credit worksheet.

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Earn Your RN to MSN Online at TU

You have what it takes to lead in nursing, and the BSN curriculum will introduce key concepts and competencies to level up your leadership skills. The MSN curriculum builds on this foundation, offering four specialty tracks so you can develop skills in your preferred area of focus:

  • Leadership and Innovation. Emphasizes key leadership competencies such as cross-disciplinary communication, budgeting, staffing, and performance measurement.
  • Education and Elevation. Prepares nurse educators with pedagogical theories and strategies, assessment and evaluation tools, and curriculum development tools.
  • Public Health Global Vision. Develops skills related to population health and wellness, public health promotion, and disease prevention — both locally and globally.
  • Informatics and Analytics. Guides nurses in the practice of informatics, data and information management, health care information workflows, and project management.

Explore Your Career Potential With an Online RN to MSN Program

The RN to MSN curriculum emphasizes the 3 P’s — pathophysiology, health promotion, and pharmacology — preparing you to address today’s top challenges in health care as a strong, clinically competent leader.

Pursuing education beyond a BSN not only amplifies your leadership influence but also prepares you for roles with more independence and higher salaries. Take a look at the differences in potential career outcomes for BSN- and MSN-educated nurses*:

BSN Careers

Charge Nurse

Median Annual Salary: $80,533

Nurse Case Manager

Median Annual Salary: $77,054

Unit Manager

Median Annual Salary: $73,512

Hospice Nurse

Median Annual Salary: $73,353

MSN Careers

Medical Director, Community Health

Median Annual Salary: $212,589

Chief Nursing Officer

Median Annual Salary: $140,246

Chief Nursing Informatics Officer

Median Annual Salary: $135,931

Nursing Curriculum Developer

Median Annual Salary: $85,000

*Salary data from Payscale as of 2023

Curriculum & Courses

Designed for active registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing, the online RN to MSN combines TU’s 35-credit* BSN program with the 30-credit MSN program. This program pathway is offered in an eight-week format with multiple starts a year, providing you with the flexibility to begin courses at a time that’s right for you.

*Please note that the total credit hours required may vary based on your individual official transcript evaluations and professional portfolio credit worksheet.

Online RN to BSN Courses

Courses Credits
NSG 3053 Health Assessment 3 credits
NSG 3063 Theoretical Frameworks of Nursing 3 credits
NSG 4013 Nursing Care of the Family 3 credits
ENGL 3003 Writing for the Professions 3 credits
NSG 4543 Quality Across Health Care Systems 3 credits
NSG 4023 Healthcare Informatics 3 credits
HCDS 2013 In Sickness and in Health: Analyzing the U.S. Health Care System 3 credits
NSG 4263 Nursing Science V 3 credits
AHS 4045 Introduction to Applied Health Care Research 5 credits
NSG 3073 Population Health 3 credits
NSG 4643 Capstone 3 credits

View core curriculum details in The University of Tulsa course catalog.

Online MSN Courses

Courses Credits
NSG 7113 Advanced Theoretical Frameworks of Nursing 3 credits
NSG 7123 Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3 credits
NSG 7133 Health Care Policy 3 credits
NSG 7143 Health Promotion 3 credits
NSG 7153 Pathophysiology 3 credits
NSG 7163 Pharmacology 3 credits

Leadership and Innovation Track

Courses Credits
NSG 7213 Leadership and Management 3 credits
NSG 7223 Innovation in Nursing 3 credits
NSG 7233 Budget and Finance 3 credits
NSG 7603 Capstone 3 credits

Education and Elevation Track

Courses Credits
NSG 7313 Curriculum Development 3 credits
NSG 7323 Assessment and Evaluation 3 credits
NSG 7333 Teaching Strategies and Engagement Methodologies 3 credits
NSG 7603 Capstone 3 credits

Public Health Global Vision Track

Courses Credits
NSG 7413 In Sickness and In Health 3 credits
NSG 7423 Population Health 3 credits
NSG 7433 Epidemiology 3 credits
NSG 7603 Capstone 3 credits

Informatics and Analytics Track

Courses Credits
NSG 7513 Healthcare Informatics I 3 credits
NSG 7523 Healthcare Informatics II 3 credits
NSG 7533 Data Analysis and Healthcare Technology 3 credits
NSG 7603 Capstone 3 credits

View full course details in The University of Tulsa course catalog.

Testimonial shot of Dr. Cassy Abbott Eng, The Oxley College of Health and Natural Sciences Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Director of Online Programs at TU
“If you’re looking to elevate your nursing career, we want to help. TU offers a seamless journey for RNs seeking to rise into an endless world of possibilities by earning a versatile and highly impactful MSN degree.”
– Dr. Cassy Abbott Eng, The Oxley College of Health and Natural Sciences Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Director of Online Programs at TU


65 Credit Hours. Two Degrees. An Unbeatable Value.

The online RN to BSN is the first step in your degree path at TU, priced at just $445 per credit hour with textbooks included. Once you’ve completed your BSN, you’ll enjoy priority admission into the online MSN program at the BSN rate, saving you $140 per credit hour you earn. Pre-semester monthly payment plans are also available for your convenience.

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Growth-Minded Education

The University of Tulsa provides opportunities for ambitious learners to reach the next milestone, whether teaching undergraduates the skills they need for excelling professionally or preparing for graduate school, or offering programs that allow nurse practitioners to expand their scope of practice.

Why Choose Tu?

An experienced faculty dedicated to helping you advance your career

An up-to-date curriculum designed to prepare future-ready nurses

A reputation for training confident and competent nursing leaders since 1973

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About The University of Tulsa

The University of Tulsa is known for its long-standing legacy of producing skilled and hard-working nurses, dating back to its first graduating class from the School of Nursing in 1973. TU’s online programs are fostering academic excellence in a cohort of learners across the United States, preparing a new generation of future-ready nurses, compassionate caregivers, and nursing leaders to thrive in their field.
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