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Registered Nurses (RN-MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares RNs already holding an associate’s or bachelor’s degree to advance within the field by gaining experience to develop and manage patient care plans, and to advocate for best practices within the healthcare field.

The program comprises of 33 credits for RNs with a BSN and 38 credits for RNs with an ASN/ADN over the course of two (2) years of study. Designed with a comprehensive schedule of online instruction plus evidence-based quality-improvement practicum coursework.

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Online For Working Professionals

The program is designed with a comprehensive schedule of online courses to advance your career while you’re working — providing key skills and new perspectives that will put you on track to achieve all your professional goals.

My choice to attend USF was heavily influenced by my passion for social justice. The MSN program has changed the way I think about healthcare because of its strong focus on interdisciplinary collaboration. I believe my personal and professional development at USF, as well as the relationships forged here, will empower and prepare me to change the world."

Bustina Wanjala, RN-MSN ’14

The USF Advantage

At USF you will be academically challenged, but you will have the needed support to succeed, including access to the University’s Writing Center and a small class/cohort size to assure engagement and one-on-one attention from highly accomplished faculty.

A USF MSN-prepared nurse is equipped to:

  • Advocate for and design health promotion and risk reduction services for diverse populations, communities, and the health professional team
  • Provide health education to individuals, families, or other health care providers
  • Improve patient care and safety, clinical outcomes, and unit efficiency
  • Reduce cost and improve standards of care with the use of evidence-based practice
  • Coordinate highly functioning clinical teams.

Program Structure and Time Commitment

100% Online and Asynchronous RN-MSN program. 

  • Nurses with associate degrees bypass a BSN in this robust, accelerated RN to MSN program.
  • Two-year program (33 units for BSNs; 38 units for ADNs)
  • 400 practicum hours, which can be completed at your place of work, or we will work with you to secure a site
  • Office hours and one-on-one engagement with faculty available

Sample Courses

  • Foundations of Leadership in the Healthcare Microsystem
  • Quality, Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Health Informatics
  • Knowledge Development and Evidence-Informed Quality Improvement
  • Health Policy, Ethics, and Advocacy

Estimated Costs

Please note that tuition rates and fees are subject to change and more information can be found about tuition and graduate student fees on the university tuition and fees schedule. In addition to tuition, there are fees for graduate students, including mandatory health insurance and Associate Graduate Students of USF (AGSUSF) annually.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master's degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Students who graduate from the program are also eligible to receive the California Public Health Nursing Certificate.

State Authorization

Please check our State Authorization Status List for the states and territories from which we can enroll students in specific online degree programs.