8-week course sessions allow for start dates throughout the year
Choose the track that aligns with your professional goals
WCU evaluates transfer credits for acceptance
Apply with no BSN degree and receive credit for your experience as an RN
Proceed directly from undergraduate to graduate courses and earn your MSN degree
Complete all your coursework online while gaining in-person experience at a clinical site
Get access to LinkedIn Learning, no-cost tutoring, and job search support
Our online RN to MSN program allows you to complete bachelor’s courses and advance straight to specialized master’s classes with no lag in between. If you’re already a registered nurse and want to advance your degree, you can continue where you left off with your education — no BSN required — and earn an MSN in as few as 24 months (for most RN to MSN tracks).
Completing an RN to MSN bridge program online takes hard work and dedication, but the rewards are worth the effort — both for your career and the patients you serve!
Our online RN to MSN program offers specialized tracks in different nursing specialties. Explore our tracks:
For adult and geriatric patients, you can be a lifeline for those in need of acute care.
This advanced degree will help prepare you to keep your adult and geriatric patients healthy, including through preventative care.
As an FNP, you’ll provide a wide range of care for the whole family, including children and adults.
You can learn the skills and earn the qualifications to teach, lead, and develop educational programs for the next generation of nurses.
For nurses who feel ready to take on an oversight role, this degree covers leadership at executive, administrative, and department levels.
Program Paces for RN to MSN Specialty Tracks
Because we understand that personal goals and life circumstances vary, we offer multiple timelines to degree completion for the RN to MSN program. Completion times vary by track.
|RN to MSN Track||Accelerated|
|Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner||Not available||28 months||44 months|
|Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner||Not available||24 months||44 months|
|Family Nurse Practitioner||Not available||28 months||44 months|
|Nurse Educator||16 months||20 months||32 months|
|Nurse Leader||16 months||20 months||32 months|
|Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner||Not available||32 months||44 months|
|RN to MSN Track||Accel.|
|Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner||N/A||28 mos.||44 mos.|
|Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner||N/A||24 mos.||44 mos.|
|Family Nurse Practitioner||N/A||20 mos.||44 mos.|
|Nurse Educator||16 mos.||20 mos.||32 mos.|
|Nurse Leader||16 mos.||20 mos.||32 mos.|
|Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner||N/A||32 mos.||44 mos.|
Because you’re already a certified RN, you’ll be able to complete your WCU degree almost entirely online, with hands-on practice delivered through clinical hours and on-site intensives (for APRN tracks). Additionally, mobile-friendly content is available to make it easier for you to study between shifts.
As an RN to MSN student, you’ll complete clinical and advanced clinical placement practicums to ensure you’re getting the right level of hands-on experience in your chosen area of study. Your clinicals can be completed at a WCU-approved site and with a WCU-approved preceptor.
The RN to MSN degree curriculum is curated by specialty. The number of credits needed and the number of months your degree will take will vary, depending on the pace you choose (Accelerated Plus, Accelerated, or Working Professional). We advise that you thoroughly review your prospective curriculum, so you are fully aware of the program details and requirements.
We know school is a substantial commitment. At WCU, we want to equip you with all the information you need to make the right decision for your future.
Our goal is to give you a clear understanding of RN to MSN online tuition costs so you can be well-informed as you navigate the application and enrollment process. Visit the page for your RN to MSN specialized track of interest below for a breakdown of the costs at West Coast University.
We offer several RN to MSN financial aid options — including scholarships, grants, and loan access — to help support you through your studies. We also offer reduced tuition rates for military personnel and their spouses.
For more information about your financial support options, visit our financial aid page.
Applicants to the program must meet the following standards (RN-MSN All Track Options):
* Applicants submitting non-U.S. or non-English transcripts should refer to the International Admissions section of the catalog.
RN-MSN Probational Admissions Requirements
Applicants with a CGPA of 2.70-2.99 may be considered for probational admission after meeting the following probational admissions requirements. Based on review of the applicant packet the program dean may request an interview in consideration for admission.
Additional Admissions Requirements Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Tracks Only:
In addition to the admissions requirements above, applicants to the RN to Master of Science in Nursing – Advanced Practice Registered Nurse tracks must also meet the following admissions requirements:
To view additional requirements for students enrolling in our RN to MSN specialized tracks, see the admissions section of the Nursing RN to MSN Online page in the WCU catalog.
New academic sessions begin, on average, every eight weeks and usually last about six trimesters on the Accelerated schedule. For the most updated start-to-completion schedule, view the Academic Calendar.
Our Clinical Placements team supports you through the entire clinical site search process. If you need help locating a facility and preceptor that meets program requirements, or if you want assistance in getting a site approved, our team is here to help every step of the way.
WCU works to foster relationships with varied healthcare facilities across the nation, helping students find clinical placement facilities that meet their needs.
Our Career Services department provides ongoing assistance with professional and career development for our online RN to MSN students and graduates, including resume writing workshops, interview coaching, and keeping graduates informed of current job opportunities.4
WCU’s RN to MSN tracks help prepare you for a variety of nursing opportunities, opening the door to more advanced nursing roles.
Graduates of the RN to MSN program will be prepared for a variety of expanded roles. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses and nurse practitioners work in a range of settings, including:
Dr. George Peraza-Smith is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). He obtained his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Case Western Reserve University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in nursing administration from the University of Texas Medical Branch. He has both a gerontological nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate from the University of South Florida and an adult nurse practitioner post-doctoral certificate from Brandman University.
Dr. Peraza-Smith is board-certified as an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AGPCNP), a gerontological nurse practitioner, an APRN gerontological specialist, and a certified nurse educator. He is the immediate past president of the Florida Nurses Association and the immediate past inaugural president of the Gerontology Nursing Certification Commission (GNCC) for which he remains a trustee on the board. The GNCC offers an APRN gerontological specialist certification to distinguish APRNs who possess expert knowledge, experience, and skill in managing the complex health needs of older adults.
Dr. Peraza-Smith has been teaching in MSN and DNP online and hybrid programs for over 10 years. He has held academic leadership positions such as professor, program director, department chair, and associate dean. Dr. Peraza-Smith resides in Zephyrhills, Florida with his husband and two children.
WCU can evaluate your previous coursework for credit. In the RN to MSN program, we are able to accept a total of up to 90 transfer credits. You can work directly with your advisor to see which credits can be applied to your new degree.
All our online nursing programs have been designed to give you the flexibility you need to earn your degree. While due dates and assignments help keep you on track, you will have the flexibility to watch lectures and complete coursework when and where it’s convenient for you. You choose whether to study in the mornings, evenings, or weekends.
Yes, after you complete the program, you will be eligible to sit for your certification exam. WCU offers two tools to help you prepare for the examination: Lecturio and BoardVitals. Both tools are mobile-friendly platforms that will help you review materials so you can approach the exam with confidence.
Our Accelerated RN to MSN online program lets you complete bachelor’s courses and progress directly into specialized master’s classes with no transitional delay.
RN to MSN online is a bridge program for advancing to the next level in your nursing development. The online RN to MSN program allows certified registered nurses to complete bachelor’s-level courses and ultimately earn an MSN degree without lag time in between.
WCU’s RN to MSN program includes online coursework. Some in-person practice experience is also necessary to complete your RN to MSN degree.
The length of our RN to MSN programs varies depending on which pace and specialized track you choose. For example, the Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator let you earn your degree in as little as 16 months at the Accelerated Plus pace. Other tracks can take up to 44 months at the Working Professional pace.
Financial aid, scholarships, and grants are available for those who qualify. Among the scholarships and grants offered are the Alumni Pathway Grant (covering up to 20% of tuition), the WCU Health Services Grant (covering up to 10% of tuition), and the WCU Performance Scholarship (covering up to 15% of tuition).
For additional information and eligibility requirements, please visit our scholarships and grants page on our online catalog.
We want you go be as equipped and supported as possible for your online coursework. That’s why we offer a wealth of online support and resources, we provide 24/7 technical support, and our faculty members generally responds to students within 24 hours. We also have free tutoring available, personal Student Success advisors, and other helpful resources that are available at your fingertips.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at West Coast University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 655 K Street, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 877-6791 (www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
1 WCU evaluates transfer credits for acceptance. We can accept a total of up to 90 transfer credits (48 credits for college-level non-nursing courses, and 42 credits for unobstructed RN licensure) for the RN to MSN program.
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, Accessed July 03, 2023.
Demand and salary can vary by location, level of experience, and specialty.
3 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners, Accessed July 03, 2023.
4 WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.