Program Overview

Get the expertise you need for the accelerated online nursing degree from Concordia University, Texas. If you already have a bachelor’s degree and an associate degree in nursing, our online RN+ to MSN program will prepare you for the advanced positions in various areas of the nursing field, all in a flexible and convenient format designed for working nurses.

As healthcare needs increase and the population continues to age, the demand for advanced and specialized nurses is growing. With the development of specialized skills, nurses can provide better care to patients or grow into management roles with more opportunities and responsibilities.

Complete a MSN degree in three concentration areas: leadership, education or informatics. Each MSN track features a specialized curriculum designed to teach relevant, practical skills that will help you advance your career in your area of interest. The online program at Concordia offers high quality courses that are taught by nursing professionals. Emphasis is placed on real-world scenarios and collaboration with peers and other healthcare professionals, no matter which track or degree you pursue.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Focused curriculum: The in-depth courses of study includes core principles of pathophysiology, pharmacology, nursing research, and health informatics.
  • A trusted education: Since 1926, we have provided students with a valuable degree that is rooted in the liberal arts.
  • Convenience: Our online program allows you to balance your degree program with your work schedule and personal commitments. Fulfill your practicum hours at your own place of employment, and earn your degree at a pace that works for you.
  • Year-round support: Our online help desk is available 24/7/365.
  • Faith-based Nursing: Our mission is to develop Christian nursing leaders.

Career Outcomes

Professional nurses who graduate from online MSN programs can increase their earnings and build their careers in various areas of nursing and other related fields.

Possible career outcomes include:

  • Governing Board Members
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Case Manager
  • Performance Improvement Manager
  • Nursing Director
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Informaticist

Admission Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all previous coursework leading to the associate degree in nursing or diploma in nursing.
  • An associate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution of higher education that is accredited by a national nursing accrediting agency or a diploma in nursing from a national nursing accreditation agency.
  • A non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • A current unencumbered license as a registered nurse from a state in which the student resides or a state that is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact. Applicants should not be on probation and must report any past or current disciplinary action taken by a licensing board.
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from the last immediate supervisor (nursing supervisor, if employed in nursing); one from previous nursing faculty member (if possible); and one from a professional colleague.
  • Interview may be required.
  • Applicants who fall below these standards may submit a petition and will be admitted only if they are determined eligible by the faculty.
  • All admission are conditional until all items on the nursing requirement checklist are completed. This checklist includes current CPR certification, proof of insurance, proof of immunizations and other items specific to nursing.

For more admissions information, please visit our admissions page or contact our admissions office today. Our supportive staff is here to help. Email us at online@concordia.edu or call 844-CTX-CTX1 (844-289-2891) to learn more about the RN+ degree program, or, click here to begin your application.

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Course List

RN+ students must complete at least 15 nursing credits in Concordia nursing courses plus the required MSN courses (27 credits). The MSN degree is awarded at the completion of the program.

All 16-week courses are practicums. Plan ahead for one day (8.5 hours) weekly on a day of the student's choice.

Fall Semester 1 - Level I (6 credits)
Course Name Session Course ID Hours
Transforming Global Health Session Session 1 NUR 4305 3
Global Health Missions Practicum (missions trip) May be taken any time until program completion NUR 5050 0
Leading and Transforming Healthcare Systems Session 2 NUR 5311 3

These nursing courses may be taken as a cohort and must be completed before progression to the next part of Level I.

Spring Semester 2 - Level I (cont.) (8 credits)
Course Name Session Course ID Hours
Healthcare Project Management Session 2 NUR 5313 3
Health Assessment and Promotion for Populations Sessions 1 and 2
(16 weeks)
NUR 5514 5

These nursing courses may be taken as a cohort and must be completed before progression to the next level.

Summer Semester 3 - Level II (9 credits)
Course Name Session Course ID Hours
Theoretical Basis of Nursing Research and Practice Session 1 NUR 5321 3
Applied Research Session 2 NUR 5320 3
Practicum I Sessions 1 and 2
(16 weeks)
NUR 5350 3

These nursing courses may be taken as a cohort and must be completed before progression to the next level.

Fall Semester 4 - Level III (9 credits)
Course Name Session Course ID Hours
Leadership for Change Session 1 NUR 5331 3
Informatics and Healthcare Technologies Session 2 NUR 5330 3
Practicum II Sessions 1 and 2,
(16 weeks)
NUR 5360 3

These nursing courses may be taken as a cohort and must be completed before progression to the next level.

Spring Semester 5 - Level IV (9 credits)
Course Name Session Course ID Hours
Curriculum Development & Implementation Session 1 NUR 5340 3
Healthcare Policy & Ethics (last week is on ground for presentations of graduate portfolio) Session 2 NUR 5341 3
Practicum III Sessions 1 and 2
(16 weeks)
NUR 5370 3

These nursing courses may be taken as a cohort and must be completed to complete this semester and graduate.