Master of Science RN to MSN

Earn an advanced nursing credential and choose from two career-focused track options for continued success.

Fairleigh Dickinson University is ranked among the best universities in the North region by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2019.


Experienced advanced practice nurses are in high demand, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting faster-than-average job growth of 26% through 2028. Prepare for career advancement and leadership opportunities with Fairleigh Dickinson University’s online RN to MSN degree.

This program is designed to give registered nurses the opportunity to complete requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree on their way to earning their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Because we accept 84 associate degree credits, you can fast-track your online RN to MSN and make the most of your previous nursing education.

The RN to MSN online program features two track options. Choose the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track or the Nursing Education track to earn the right credential for your chosen career path. Upon completion, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and clinical hours you need for national FNP certification or a successful career as a nurse educator.

Key Topics of Study Include:

  • Health assessment
  • Healthcare economics
  • Bioethics
  • Community health nursing
  • Healthcare management
  • Research
  • Advanced pharmacology
  • Advanced practice

Offered through Fairleigh Dickinson’s online learning platform, the online RN to MSN courses feature the flexibility to learn at your own pace while studying on a schedule that fits your life.

RN to MSN online students are guided by expert educators and benefit from an interactive curriculum with hands-on clinical experience. Practicum hours align with your chosen track option so you will gain valuable preparation for your educational and professional goals.

Courses and Requirements

For registered nurses who hold an associate degree and have passed the NCLEX-RN, Fairleigh Dickinson University will award up to 84 credits toward an accelerated RN to MSN online degree.

The remaining courses needed to complete degree and track requirements are outlined in the RN to MSN curriculum below. A BSN will not be awarded; the terminal degree is an MSN.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed Graduate Admissions Application
  • Associate degree in Nursing from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.2
  • Copy of your current NJ nursing license
  • One year of clinical nursing practice
  • All official college transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation (one employer and one academic)
  • Compliance with mandatory medical/health and non-medical student clearance requirements
  • A personal statement
  • Resume

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