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, health informatics, leadership, nursing assessment, healthcare project management and nursing education.
  • 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.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing and the master’s degree in nursing at Concordia University Texas are accredited by the  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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 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.

Concordia Distinctive Courses (9 credits)

These 8 week Concordia distinctive courses must be taken at Concordia and may be taken in any order.

LDR 1100 Life & Leadership
LDR 2201 Leadership Theory & Practice
REL 1301 New Testament
REL 1311 Old Testament

Baccalaureate Requirements (27 - 28 credits)

ENG 1316 Written Communication
Com 1300 Verbal Communication (Speech)
HIS 1301/1302 History
POL 1303 Political Science

Plus choose any course within each corresponding field.

College-level Math Quantitative Reasoning
ENG 1317 English Literature
PSY Course Behavioral Science
BIO Course Natural Science

Support Courses (15 credits)

Support Courses (May be or have taken at a regionally accredited college or university and transferred. Usually required in ADN curriculum).

BIO 3402 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 3412 Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 2402 Microbiology
PSY 2301 Lifespan Development

Fall Semester 1 - Level I (8 credits)

All courses must be taken concurrently and passed before progression to the next level. If only CTX distinctive courses are left to take, students may request a waiver to begin nursing courses despite incomplete prerequisites. Waivers will be considered on an individual basis.

NUR 5514 Health Assessment and Promotion for Populations Session 1 and 2 (16 weeks)
NUR 5311 Leading and Transforming Healthcare Systems Session 2

Spring Semester 2 - Level I (6 credits)

These courses must be taken concurrently and passed before progression to the next level.

NUR 5315 Role Transition in Professional Nursing Session 1
NUR 5313 Healthcare Project Management Session 2

Summer Semester 3 - Level II (12 credits)

These courses must be taken concurrently and passed before progression to the next level.

NUR 5321 Theoretical Basis of Nursing Research and Practice Session 1
NUR 5320 Applied Research Session 2
NUR 5350 Practicum I Sessions 1 and 2 (16 weeks)
NUR 5305 Advanced Pathophysiology Sessions 1 and 2 (16 weeks)

Fall Semester 4 - Level III (12 credits)

These courses must be taken concurrently and passed in order to move to the next semester.

NUR 5331 Leadership for Change Session 1
NUR 5330 Informatics and Healthcare Technologies Session 2
NUR 5360 Practicum II Sessions 1 and 2, (16 weeks)
NUR 5306 Advanced pharmacology (Corequisite to NUR 5360) Sessions 1 and 2, (16 weeks)

Spring Semester 5 - Level IV (15 credits)

These courses are taken concurrently. All courses must be passed in order to complete this semester and graduate.

NUR 5340 Curriculum Development & Implementation Session 1
NUR 5341 Healthcare Policy & Ethics Session 2
NUR 5380 Graduate Capstone (Session 2, last week only)
NUR 5370 Practicum III Sessions 1 and 2 (16 weeks)
NUR 5307 Advanced Assessment Sessions 1 and 2 (16 weeks)