Program Overview

Gain the expertise you need for leadership roles in the same amount of time it would take to earn a bachelor’s degree with the accelerated online RN to MSN degree from Concordia University Texas. Our online program is focused on preparing you for leadership positions in various areas of the nursing field, all in a flexible and convenient format designed for working nurses.

As healthcare needs increases 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.

The RN to MSN program at Concordia offers three concentrations: leadership, education and informatics. Each track features a specialized curriculum designed to teach relevant, practical skills that will help you advance your career in your area of interest. Courses are taught by nursing professionals, and emphasis is placed on real-world scenarios and collaboration with peers.

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 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 to MSN, or, click here to begin your application.

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Course List

The student begins with undergraduate status and will receive graduate status after achieving 120 total hours including 33 hours taken at Concordia University Texas. Any RN student coming in will receive 45 hours of credit toward BSN major requirements.

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

Baccalaureate Required Courses (27-28 credits)
Course Name Course ID Hours
Written Communication ENG 1316 3
Quantitative Reasoning Any College-level Math 3
Verbal Communication (Speech) Com 1300 3
English Literature ENG 1317 (Any Lit Course) 3
History HIS 1301/1302 (US History) 3
Behavioral Science Any PSY Course 3
Natural Science Any BIO Course 3-4
Fine Arts Any MUS/ART/THEA 3
Political Science POL 1303 3

These courses may have been previously completed and could be transferred to Concordia.

Concordia Distinctive Courses (9 credits)
Course Name Course ID Hours
Life & Leadership 8 week course LDR 1000 1
Leadership Theory & Practice 8 week course LDR 2201 2
New Testament 8 week course REL 1301 3
Old Testament 8 week course REL 1311 3

These Concordia distinctive courses must be taken at Concordia and may be taken in any order.

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
Healthcare 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 5330 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.