Evidence-based Master’s in Nursing Program

In today's demanding health care industry, the decision to pursue an RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) holds critical importance. A large amount of research suggests that you can significantly improve patient outcomes and raise your competitiveness in the market through the preparation of a BSN degree1.

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) augments your skillset and provides greater application of theory to solve real-world health challenges. An MSN prepares you for a leadership or teaching role and allows you to specialize in fields such as public health or informatics. At Grand Canyon University, RN to BSN candidates who are interested in earning an MSN can accelerate their nursing education and career through the BSN to MSN Fast Track Option. Both the BSN and MSN degrees can be earned in about 30 months, offering a candidate two valuable career credentials in less time and for less overall cost.

Valuable alternative to an RN to MSN program

If you are an RN to BSN candidate who has earned less than 84 transfer credits, you should consider the BSN to MSN Fast Track Option. It simulates an RN to MSN program in duration, but allows you to take advantage of the opportunities a BSN provides. In this accelerated nursing program, complete two graduate level courses from your chosen MSN emphasis as electives toward your BSN. Explore a specialization and gain directly applicable knowledge in areas such as leadership, informatics or public health, while completing your BSN. You can apply your graduate credits toward the completion of a GCU MSN degree with the following emphases:

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Apply evidence-based best practices

The rigorous curriculum in both the BSN and the MSN places a strong focus on the application of evidence-based best practices in the nursing profession. With GCU's convenient online format, you can focus on one course at a time for five weeks in the BSN and eight weeks during the MSN. Both programs can be completed in as few as 30 months. Expand your critical thinking and communication skills and open doors to leadership and additional career opportunities with a BSN and an MSN degree.

 1 Kutney-Lee, A., Sloan, D., & Aiken, L. An Increase in the Number of Nurses with Baccalaureate Degree is Linked to Lower Rates of Postsurgery Mortality. Health Affairs, 32, 579-586. Retrieved May 1, 2014, from http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/3/579.abstract

Program Features

  • Complete both BSN and MSN degrees in as few as 30 months
  • Lower overall tuition of earning both degrees
  • Curriculum covers current real world challenges of nursing
  • Learn from full time faculty as well as practicing, academically prepared nurses
  • Programs are CCNE accredited
  • Offered entirely online, on campus or at select approved locations
  • Programs integrate an interdenominational Christian perspective that encourages a holistic approach to caring for patients