Turn your RN into an MSN with this accelerated program that also allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree on the way to your master’s. Designed to help you excel in evidence-based decision making, informatics, global perspectives and innovative thinking, this program prepares graduates to serve in educational or administrative roles in nursing.
This focus of study will prepare you to model leadership skills that enable ethical and critical decision making, collaborative inter-professional relationships, responsible fiscal stewardship, and principles of quality improvement. You will also be able to impact health policy at the micro and macro systems levels.
(200 Hour Practicum Experience Required)
This focus of study will prepare you to be a nurse educator that implements quality improvement and changes in academic and clinical education practice settings. You will be prepared to design, implement, and evaluate teaching strategies appropriate to the learner, setting, and achievement of desired outcomes.
(200 Hour Practicum Experience Required)
If you start your MSN program during the August 2018 term,* you may be eligible for a full tuition scholarship.Learn More
We have highly-qualified and experienced staff and faculty to support our nursing program. An assistant provost of health care professions, department chair, curriculum director, and several faculty members oversee the department. The mission of the ACE Department of Nursing is to educate and inspire nursing students to become exceptional healthcare providers, educators, and leaders who use forward thinking, evidence-based innovation, and collaboration to transform health outcomes, organizations, and systems within a global society.
We are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission—a federally-recognized accrediting agency. Regional accreditation ensures that an institution’s academic program meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality and is the most recognized accreditation status for higher education.
RN to MSN
55 semester credits x $275 per credit
$50 Application Fee
$3,850 Technology & Library Fee ($70 per credit)
$200 Program Conferral Fee
$200 Program Conferral Fee (BSN)
$200 Program Conferral Fee (MSN)
$400 Capstone Fee (BSN)
$400 Capstone Fee (MSN)
Total Program Cost*
*This is an estimate value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on the program selected, state of residence, number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, receipt of scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.
It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.
Select students that fully meet our scholarship eligibility requirements will receive a scholarship covering full tuition for the duration of the program.* As long as you continue to meet the scholarship terms, stay continuously enrolled in the program, and maintain good academic standing, you will only be responsible for program fees.
In order to meet the scholarship eligibility requirements, all applicants must:
*Scholarships are applied only to program tuition costs and will cover full tuition for the duration of the program as long as the eligible student continues to meet the qualification requirements listed above. Scholarship recipients will be responsible for paying all fees and any additional costs associated with the program. Scholarship recipients are ineligible to apply for any additional grant or scholarship program offered by the College.
RN to MSN
All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.
All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:
The following courses are required for this program, but may not represent our complete list of requirements. For detailed courses and descriptions, see the College Catalog.
This course develops knowledge related to the profession of nursing, current issues in nursing, and the role of nursing in transforming health outcomes. The ethical and scientific basis for nursing practice are discussed. Nursing’s paradigm is defined. Students explore key nursing theories and theories from other disciplines as a foundation for care. Students utilize the concepts from theories, Professional Nursing Standards (ANA), Code of Ethics, Institute of Medicine Report (IOM), Competencies from the Quality, Safety, and Education in Nursing (QSEN) to analyze their practice and to clarify their role as a member of a profession.
Building upon the student’s previous health assessment knowledge, this course develops the advanced knowledge, skills and attitude (KSA) needed to provide safe, competent, and comprehensive health assessments of individuals and families throughout the lifespan to include physical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual health assessments; risk assessments, functional assessments, health history and genetic issues. Students will learn to use advanced communication and physical assessment skills to identify changes in health patterns from acute to chronic problems found in diverse populations.
This course focuses on health promotion, disease, and injury prevention across the lifespan. Health of communities, vulnerable populations and principles of social justice and health policy are discussed within a global context. Students learn to incorporate epidemiological, biostatistical data through knowledge of healthcare informatics to assess factors related to community health. Genetic considerations, culture, health disparities, factors that are determinates of population health, and equity in patient care are explored. Practice experience is part of this course.
This course is an introduction to scholarship which includes identification of practice issues; appraisal and integration of evidence; and evaluation of outcomes. The focus is on the identification of research designs within the hierarchy of evidence and accurate interpretation of evidence from individual studies. Students will apply principles of evidence-based practice, identify appropriate researchable questions, and review research-based evidence to improve practice.
Knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety are necessary to provide high quality healthcare. In this course, learners explore leadership and change theory and strategies necessary to lead in evolving, contemporary healthcare systems. Students will be prepared to contribute to safety initiatives, quality improvement, policy development, resource management, and strategic planning. An emphasis is placed on professionalism, principles of ethics, decision-making, communication, collaboration, and working within interprofessional teams to facilitate quality care and promote health outcomes.
Health and wellness promotion continues to become more of the primary emphasis in healthcare as compared to previous years. This course introduces students to dimensions of wellness, focusing on a holistic approach to patient care, clinical prevention and population focused care. Culture, socioeconomic factors, and health promotion across diverse populations are discussed. Use of technology and nursing principles are applied to help guide life choices. The practice of integrative medicine is explored.
Knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology are the focus of this course. Throughout the course, learners explore the roles, theories, and standards of nursing informatics. Informatics-based health applications that support communication, care coordination, quality improvement, and data- based decision making across healthcare systems are examined.
he Capstone Experience is designed for candidates to demonstrate the impact of their knowledge and competencies gained throughout the professional nursing program.
In this course, the student examines multiple theories from nursing and related fields to explore value and application to research and evidence based practice. Specifically, the course explores the use of theory in the design of research and development of nursing knowledge.
Knowledge and skills to critique quantitative research studies are developed. Emphasis is placed on applying four criteria for critique: construct validity, internal validity, statistical conclusion validity, and external validity. Students focus on principles of evidence-based practice and synthesize the evidence from studies and arrive at a conclusion.
This course focuses on qualitative research traditions and the critique of qualitative studies for trustworthiness. Criteria for evaluating qualitative research include credibility, dependability, confirmability, and transferability. The purposes for qualitative research approaches, to include theory development, are explored. Students are introduced to the interpretation and critique of mixed-methods research as well as systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Students integrate evidence from both quantitative and qualitative studies for evidence-based practice and developing patient- centered care guidelines. The relationships between evidence, quality, and outcomes are analyzed. The impact of health policy is explored.
Focusing on leadership and management theory, students prepare to lead organizations from a systems perspective. Systems of care and organizational behavior are examined. Students learn to base practice on evidence to ensure the safety, high quality, and cost effectiveness of patient care. Students analyze leadership to effectively apply ethical and critical decision- making skills to lead healthcare teams.
Students will explore practice issue or concern and plan for intervention. Practice experience is part of this course 50 hours required.
The focus of this course includes information, skills and processes required to improve quality and patient safety utilizing the Graduate QSEN competencies. Students learn to use health informatics and to base practice on research and evidence to ensure the safety, high quality, and cost effectiveness of patient care. Students acquire the skills to select the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality and apply quality principles within an organization to improve outcomes.
This course focuses on knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to design, implement, and evaluate patient- centered, culturally appropriate care for individuals or populations. Students analyze the multiple dimensions of patient-centered care to include patient/family/community preferences, values, culture, communication, and health literacy. Students are prepared to intervene at the systems level through policy development and advocacy to influence healthcare. Additionally, students will evaluate use of information systems and technology in nursing practice.
Students will choose a Focus of Study consisting of 16 semester credits. See the College Catalog for a list of courses offered inside each Focus of Study and specific credit hour requirements for degree conferral.