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Designed for registered nurses holding a diploma or Associate’s degree in Nursing, the Clarkson College online RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program offers a pathway for earning graduate credits while completing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN).

As a student in the RN to MSN program, you first complete all RN to BSN requirements, along with select graduate-level courses that will apply toward your MSN degree. Once all undergraduate requirements are met, you will transition from the RN to BSN curriculum and follow your own custom-designed RN to MSN degree plan. Come your final semester in the program, you will complete an evidence-based research project that challenges you to analyze an issue in an approved clinical setting and present your findings.

Convenient for working nurses, the RN to MSN program is offered online, requiring just one campus visit for Nursing Health Care Administration and Nursing Education majors and only up to four visits for Nurse Practitioner majors. Our highly interactive web-based learning format allows you to correspond 24/7 with your classmates and faculty. With the goal of preparing well-educated and highly skilled advanced practice nurses, the program is designed to align with the core competencies outlined by the Institute of Medicine.

At the completion of the RN to MSN program, many students elect to complete an additional 21-29 credit hours of study in a specialty area:


Nursing Health Care Administration

Learn to manage other nurses within your unit or department and to serve as a leader in the design, implementation and evaluation of health care delivery systems.
Degree Plan


Nursing Education

Learn to combine clinical practice of medicine and health care with classroom instruction.
Degree Plan


Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Learn to facilitate the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic primary health problems in adult patients.
Degree Plan


Family Nurse Practitioner

Learn to provide health assessments, direct care and health maintenance information and tools to the entire family.
Degree Plan


Nursing Workforce Educational Grant

Completing your associate’s degree and working as a nursing professional demonstrates your commitment to your field. The Clarkson College Nursing Workforce Educational Grant gives you the opportunity to further your nursing knowledge and practice by assisting with costs associated with completing your advanced degree. The grant allows you to complete the majority of your undergraduate nursing coursework at a reduced rate of $300 per credit hour as you advance your education and explore professional opportunities in your field.

Learn more about the Nursing Workforce Educational Grant


Nurse Faculty Loan Program

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) provides financial assistance to nurses enrolled in the Clarkson College Doctor in Health Care Education & Leadership (Ed.D.) program or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nursing Education program option. The NFLP aims to assist registered nurses as they complete their education to become qualified nursing faculty. Recipients are required to teach for at least four consecutive years following graduation to be eligible for loan forgiveness through NFLP.

Learn more about the Nurse Faculty Loan Program