RN to BSN/MSN Overview

100% Online

Earn your RN to BSN or RN to MSN predominantly online at Messiah University

RN to BSN/MSN Overview

100% Online

Position yourself to advance and excel in your nursing career with a BSN or MSN degree.

Newly online: the same Messiah University experience, now with 100% online coursework
Our accredited online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs will position you to advance and excel in your nursing career. Our flexible and convenient 100 percent online coursework will help you further develop a broad base of scientific knowledge and professional skills necessary to be successful in your field, including communication, critical thinking and decision-making. To simplify and streamline your educational experience, your on-site clinical requirement can be met at your current place of employment.

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Why Messiah?

RN to BSN/MSN Overview

Earning your degree at Messiah will further your ability to succeed in the rapidly changing world of healthcare. You’ll gain a purposeful perspective through the lens of Christian faith and expand your career in a field that continuously benefits the common good. As with our on-campus programs, a hallmark of obtaining your online education at Messiah University is the individualized attention you receive from our professors, who make your success their top priority. 

Our demanding but rewarding degree program emphasizes the Christian aspects of commitment, compassion and patient care. Graduates of the online BSN and MSN programs will be prepared to meet the nation’s high demand for nurses who hold either a bachelor or master’s degree with the added benefit of Messiah University’s respected nursing education. According to research compiled by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nurses with higher education are found to experience enhanced job satisfaction, improved patient outcomes and fewer medication errors. The coursework that makes up the BSN and MSN degree programs is designed to help you develop and improve your abilities to:

  • Understand how policy impacts healthcare
  • Apply systems thinking to improve patient outcomes and enhance quality
  • Address the challenges of health disparities through an understanding of the social determinants of health
  • Critically appraise research for application to evidence-based practice
  • Apply an ethical framework to approach decision-making

Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average pay for an RN was $71,730 in 2018, and the need for RNs is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018-2028, which is much faster than the average, providing both job security and flexibility. 

Curious about coursework? The courses that comprise the curriculum for both our RN to BSN and RN to MSN programs include core requirements, concentration requirements unique to your chosen program, general education requirements and electives.

Already have your BSN? Explore our online MSN – Nursing Administration and MSN – Nurse Educator programs.

RN to BSN/MSN Overview coursework preview

Course Number

NRSG 301

NRSG 431

NRSG 451

NRSG 350

NRSG 370

Course Title

Ethics for Nursing Practice

Population Health

Nursing Leadership

Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice

Professional Role Development

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RN to BSN and RN to MSN tuition cost

Earning your BSN or MSN online at Messiah University is convenient, accredited and affordable.

RN to BSN $410 per credit, no-fee tuition

RN to MSN $725 per credit, no-fee tuition

No-fee tuition

Know what you are paying for with Messiah’s no-fee tuition. With our online Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing, the cost per credit is what you pay – there are no hidden fees for labs, courses, services or technology. We put the true cost of your program upfront so that you can accurately compare and plan for your education.

Online students are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements vary by program. Please visit either the RN to BSN or RN to MSN page and click “How to Apply” for more information. 

Upcoming start dates

  • Late Fall: October 24, 2021

  • Early Spring: January 9, 2022 (8-week term)

  • Late Spring: March 13, 2022 (8-week term)

How to apply

To begin your application to Messiah University, simply create an account on our website.

Why choose Messiah University?

The benefits to earning your online BSN or MSN at Messiah University are endless. 

As part of our continued commitment to excellence as an institution of higher education, Messiah University: 

  • Is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Messiah University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (
  • Is a respected member of the Central Pennsylvania community whose graduates are highly sought after for roles across the Commonwealth and beyond

Ready to start your RN to BSN or RN to MSN journey with Messiah University’s online nursing education? Start your free application now.

The baccalaureate program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Messiah University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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