MSN for Registered Nurses - Online option

Earn your MSN 100% Online

The online option of the MSN program open to registered nurses who hold an Associate degree (ADN/ASN) or Bachelor's degree (BSN) in Nursing. The program provides a flexible asynchronous schedule, meaning you can log on at any time to complete coursework with no in-person class attendance required. Designed for the working nurse, the RN-MSN online can be completed in two (2) years (6 semesters). Classes are offered year-round providing significant savings in both time and cost.

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Program Highlights:

  • The online classes are dynamic, engaging and enriched with modules and video content. Online coursework is delivered through the University's learning management system, Canvas.
  • Each student is provided with an academic advisor who is accessible by appointment. The School of Nursing and Health Professions will offer you the support and guidance needed to achieve your professional goals.
  • Practica courses will allow students to operationalize advanced nursing roles specific to direct care or indirect care at the micro-system level.
  • Students use practicum hours to develop skills taught in the didactic classes and work towards the successful completion of a practice change or quality improvement project (Micro Level).  It is often possible to complete this project, and the practicum hours, in the context of the student’s workplace (student’s local community)*. Students work closely with faculty  to select a project and identify the appropriate setting to complete the practicum work.

* Practicum hours can be arranged in the student’s work setting or alternative placements. If needed, USF can assist students with finding practicum placements.


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. The curriculum remains the same for students completing the program via the online or hybrid options.


RN-MSN Online Student Testimonials

The following testimonials from our story about recent RN-MSN Online Graduates. Read the full article here

Rose Geronimo, MSN, RNL, CNL, Director of Clinical Operations in Cardiovascular Health, Stanford Health Care; USF RN-MSN Online Alumni, 2017Having grown up in the Bay Area, I know the great reputation that USF has in the nursing field. Stanford Health Care also hires many graduates from the university, so I know that the industry considers it as a great university too.

Rose Geronimo, MSN, RNL, CNL; Director of Clinical Operations in Cardiovascular Health, Stanford Health Care; USF RN-MSN Alumni, 2017

Cynthia Huff, MSN, RN, OCN, CRNI, CNL, Home Infusion Coordinator with Sutter Care at Home; USF RN-MSN Online Alumni, 2017I have also taken on a more proactive role in education and mentoring my peers. In particular, a Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center has provided opportunities for me to teach the staff about issues surrounding hazardous drug administration. In addition, I am functioning in my organization at a much higher level than before graduating. I regularly liaise with decision-makers, and that is fulfilling to me. I have also joined several national and international nursing organizations that promote nurses to work at their fullest capacity.

Cynthia Huff, MSN, RN, OCN, CRNI, CNL; Home Infusion Coordinator with Sutter Care at Home; USF RN-MSN Online Alumni, 2017

Liam Malpas, MSN, RN, DNP - in progress Clinical Operations Manager, Kaiser Permanente; USF RN-MSN Online Alumni, 2017USF consistently came up as a top choice based on other students recommendations and the way that the online structure worked. I wanted to make sure I would have flexibility and I actually completed the last year of the program in London whilst working over there.

Liam Malpas, MSN, RN, DNP - in progress; Clinical Operations Manager, Kaiser Permanente; USF RN-MSN Online Alumni, 2017

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program the student will demonstrate:

  1. Clinical leadership for patient-care practices and delivery, including the design, coordination, and evaluation of care for individuals, families, groups, and populations;
  2. Participation in identification and collection of health care outcomes;
  3. Accountability for evaluation and improvement of point-of-care outcomes, including the synthesis of data and other evidence to evaluate and achieve optimal outcomes;
  4. Risk anticipation for individuals and cohorts of patients;
  5. Lateral integration of care for individuals and cohorts of patients;
  6. Design and implementation of evidence-based practice(s);
  7. Team leadership, management and collaboration with other health professional team members;
  8. Information management or the use of information systems and technologies to improve health care outcomes;
  9. Stewardship and leveraging of human, environmental, and material resources;
  10. Advocacy for patients, communities, and the health professional team; and,
  11. Leadership in delivering competent and safe patient care to individuals and groups in a variety of settings based in liberal arts and the natural sciences.

Based on The American Association of College of Nurses. (2011). The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing. Retrieved from:


The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice 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.

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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.

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