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 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 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 Overview

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 509 Transitions to Graduate Nursing and Scholarly Writing – 2 credits
NURS 609 Foundations of Leadership in the Healthcare Microsystem – 2 credits
NURS 677 Health Informatics – 2 credits
NURS 505^ Community Health Nursing – 3 credits
Semester Credits – 9

Semester 2

NURS 633 Knowledge Development and Evidence Informed Quality Improvement – 3 credits
NURS 643 Population-Based Epidemiological Inquiry – 3 credits
NURS 506^ Community Health Nursing Practicum (90 hours) – 2 credits
Semester Credits – 8

Semester 3

NURS 603 Assessment Across the Lifespan – 3 credits
NURS 664 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology – 3 credits
Semester Credits – 6

Semester 4

NURS 620 Financial Resource Management in the Microsystem – 3 credits
NURS 641 Quality, Improvement and Patient Safety in the Microsystem – 3 credits
Semester Credits – 6

Semester 5

NURS 674 Leadership for Quality Outcomes – A Microsystem Approach – 2 credits
NURS 660 Practicum: Quality Improvement and Outcomes Management (200 hours) – 2 credits
Semester credits – 4

Semester 6

NURS 676 Health Policy, Ethics and Advocacy – 3 credits
NURS 670 Internship (220 hours) – 2 credits
Semester credits – 5

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: MSN students who successfully complete NURS 676 Health Policy, Ethics, and Advocacy and continue on to the University of San Francisco Doctor of Nursing Practice program are exempt from taking NURS 7006 Policy and Ethics in Population Health, as part of the Population Health Leadership and Nurse Practitioner (FNP & PMHNP) DNP program options.

For BSN graduates who want to be eligible for the California Public Health Certificate, the NURS 505 and 506 are required.

NURS 505 is a prerequisite for NURS 506; these courses must be taken in the order listed above.

NURS 660 and NURS 670 represent practicum courses, 400 total practice hours are required.

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 670 (Internship).

The number of courses taken/semester may be reduced to slow the pace of the program, except where students are completing the program in a cohort. Reducing course load may impact progressing with the cohort you were admitted into (where applicable). Contact your Academic Adviser prior to reducing your course load.

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

Semester 1

NURS 509 Transitions to Graduate Nursing and Scholarly Writing Writing – 2 credits
NURS 609 Foundations of Leadership in the Healthcare Microsystem – 2 credits
NURS 677 Health Informatics – 2 credits
Semester Credits – 6

Semester 2

NURS 633 Knowledge Development and Evidence Informed Quality Improvement – 3 credits
NURS 643 Population-Based Epidemiological Inquiry – 3 credits
Semester Credits – 4

Semester 3

NURS 603 Assessment Across the Lifespan – 3 credits
NURS 664 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology – 3 credits
Semester Credits – 6

Semester 4

NURS 620 Financial Resource Management in the Microsystem – 3 credits
NURS 641 Quality, Improvement and Patient Safety in the Microsystem – 3 credits
Semester Credits – 6

Semester 5

NURS 674 Leadership for Quality Outcomes – A Microsystem Approach – 2 credits
NURS 660 Practicum: Quality Improvement and Outcomes Management (200 hours) – 2 credits
Semester credits – 4

Semester 6

NURS 676 Health Policy, Ethics and Advocacy – 3 credits
NURS 670 Internship (220 hours) – 2 credits
Semester credits – 5

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: MSN students who successfully complete NURS 676 Health Policy, Ethics, and Advocacy and continue on to the University of San Francisco Doctor of Nursing Practice program are exempt from taking NURS 7006 Policy and Ethics in Population Health, as part of the Population Health Leadership and Nurse Practitioner (FNP & PMHNP) DNP program options.

For BSN graduates who want to be eligible for the California Public Health Certificate, the NURS 505 and 506 are required.

NURS 505 is a prerequisite for NURS 506; these courses must be taken in the order listed above.

NURS 660 and NURS 670 represent practicum courses, 400 total practice hours are required.

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 670 (Internship).

The number of courses taken/semester may be reduced to slow the pace of the program, except where students are completing the program in a cohort. Reducing course load may impact progressing with the cohort you were admitted into (where applicable). Contact your Academic Adviser prior to reducing your course load.

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 2019-20 academic year rate is $1,480 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 $70 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.

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

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