Master of Science in Nursing for 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 RN-MSN program comprises of  35 credits for RNs with a BSN and 46 credits for RNs with an ASN/ADN over the course of two (2) years of study. Designed with a comprehensive schedule of classroom and/or online instruction plus evidence-based quality-improvement practicum coursework.

Program Features

  • Top Ranking Program: Rated among the best graduate schools in the country for training nurses in assuming leadership roles in health care facilities.
  • Bypass the BSN: Nurses with an associate's degree can bypass the BSN degree and complete their master's degree in two (2) years. Save time and money.
  • Two (2) Campus Locations to Choose From: Classes are offered at the following locations: PleasantonOnline 
  • Flexible Schedule: Classes are held one (1) night a week — same night throughout the program.
  • Recognizable Degree: Considered one of the most versatile and flexible advanced nursing degrees. Our graduates are everywhere -on the frontlines of patient care, on the boards of leading health organizations, and in hospitals and governmental organizations where health policy is crafted. They will be your network - AND employers love our graduates.

Program Details

The Master of Science in Nursing program, for registered nurses with an ADN/ASN or BSN, is responsive to the needs of working professionals. For our on-campus hybrid option, students attend class sessions in-person one (1) evening each week. This class session is scheduled for a specific day of the week, for the duration of the program. Integrated with the in-person sessions are online modules that extend the scope, depth, and impact of the real-time interaction. For our online option, students complete coursework asynchronously 100% online. In-person class sessions are not required.

The RN-MSN is offered Online (100% asynchronous) and Pleasanton (Hybrid).

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Curriculum and Practicum

RN-MSN students must complete 400 practicum hours. With supervisor and site approval, these hours may be completed at a student’s place of work. Students are responsible for securing their own preceptor and identifying their own practicum site. A SONHP Placement Coordinator works with students to secure a site; students cannot start the process of securing a site without the approval of the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Students will be trained to develop solutions for any kind of fragmentation or systems problem. For the final project, students develop a solution to a problem that they see in the unit or place of work and present it in poster-style presentation as well as a paper.

Curriculum Pattern: RN with an Associate Degree to MSN (NUAL)

Curriculum Pattern - RN with an Associate Degree to MSN

Semester 1

NURS 500^ Graduate Writing and Research – 4 credits
NURS 501^ Transitions to Graduate Education – 2 credits
NURS 648 Healthcare Policy and Ethics – 3 credits
Semester Credits – 9

Semester 2

NURS 505* Community Health Nursing – 3 credits
NURS 506* Community Health Nursing Practicum (90 hours) – 2 credits
NURS 642 Epidemiology and Population Statistics – 4 credits
Semester Credits – 9

Semester 3

NURS 603 Assessment Across the Lifespan – 3 credits
NURS 613 Intro to Nurse Leader Role – 1 credit
NURS 639 Nursing Inquiry – 4 credits
Semester Credits – 8

Semester 4

NURS 614 Healthcare Systems Leadership – 3 credits
NURS 664 Adv. Pathophysiology and Pharmacology – 3 credits
NURS 654 Practicum I: Leading Quality Improvement Initiatives (80 hours) – 2 credits
Semester Credits – 8

Semester 5

NURS 629 Financial Resource Management – 3 credits
NURS 640 Healthcare Informatics – 2 credits
NURS 655 Practicum II: Quality Improvement Outcomes Management (100 hours) – 3 credits
Semester credits – 8 

Semester 6

NURS 651* Nurse Leader Roles Synthesis – 2 credits
NURS 653* Internship (220 hours) – 2 credits
Semester credits – 4

500-level coursework must be taken in order listed. 600-level coursework may be taken in any order except where pre-requisites are indicated.
^Courses may be offered online only.

Exemptions: ADNs with a BS or BA do not take NURS 500 and 501 (unless admitted with provisional status).
Pre-requisites: NURS 613, NURS 654, NURS 655, NURS 651/653 have to be taken in the order listed above.
*Co-requisites: NURS 505 and NURS 506 must be taken together. NURS 651 and NURS 653 must be taken together.

Please Note: Italicized courses represent Practicum courses. 400 total practice hours in practica and immersion are required for the program (NURS 506 Community Health Practicum does not count toward total practice hours). Only one (1) theory course may be taken in the final semester with NURS 651/653.

The number of courses taken/semester may be reduced to slow the pace of the program. Reducing courseload may impact progressing with the cohort you were admitted into (where applicable). Contact your Academic Advisor prior to reducing your courseload.

Curriculum Pattern - RN with a Bachelor's degree to MSN (NURL)

Semester 1


NURS 648 Healthcare Policy and Ethics – 3 credits
Semester Credits – 4

Semester 2

NURS 642 Epidemiology and Population Statistics – 4 credits
Semester Credits – 4

Semester 3

NURS 603 Assessment Across the Lifespan – 3 credits
NURS 613 Intro to Nurse Leader Role – 1 credit
NURS 639 Nursing Inquiry – 4 credits
Semester Credits – 8

Semester 4

NURS 614 Healthcare Systems Leadership – 3 credits
NURS 664 Adv. Pathophysiology and Pharmacology – 3 credits
NURS 654 Practicum I: Leading Quality Improvement Initiatives (80 hours) – 2 credits
Semester Credits – 8

Semester 5

NURS 629 Financial Resource Management – 3 credits
NURS 640 Healthcare Informatics – 2 credits
NURS 655 Practicum II: Quality Improvement Outcomes Management (100 hours) – 3 credits
Semester credits – 8 

Semester 6

NURS 651* Nurse Leader Roles Synthesis – 2 credits
NURS 653* Internship (220 hours) – 2 credits
Semester credits – 4

500-level coursework must be taken in order listed. 600-level coursework may be taken in any order except where pre-requisites are indicated.
^Courses may be offered online only.

Exemptions: ADNs with a BS or BA do not take NURS 500 and 501 (unless admitted with provisional status).
Pre-requisites: NURS 613, NURS 654, NURS 655, NURS 651/653 have to be taken in the order listed above.
*Co-requisites: NURS 505 and NURS 506 must be taken together. NURS 651 and NURS 653 must be taken together.

Please Note: Italicized courses represent Practicum courses. 400 total practice hours in practica and immersion are required for the program (NURS 506 Community Health Practicum does not count toward total practice hours). Only one (1) theory course may be taken in the final semester with NURS 651/653.

The number of courses taken/semester may be reduced to slow the pace of the program. Reducing courseload may impact progressing with the cohort you were admitted into (where applicable). Contact your Academic Advisor prior to reducing your courseload.

Estimated Cost

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. The current estimated tuition costs based on the 2018-19 academic year rate is $1,430 per credit. You can expect to pay about $2,500 more in books and fees over the course of the program. In addition to tuition, there are fees for graduate students including mandatory health insurance, Associate Graduate Students of USF (AGSUSF) of $50 per semester (Spring/Fall semesters only), and an applicable fieldwork fee of $100 per fieldwork course.


Accreditation

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 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

It is also approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing. Students who graduate from the program are also eligible to receive the California Public Health Nursing Certificate.


State Authorization

USF is accepting applications for enrollment into online degree programs from residents in the following states: Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. Please check www.usfca.edu/state-auth for specific programs offered in these states.