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.
Our courses are geared toward helping forward-thinking nurses excel in their field. With meaningful assignments, the RN to MSN program is relevant, immediately applicable, and designed to meet the needs of employers. And since our courses are all online, you can study whenever your busy schedule allows.
If you start your MSN program during the May 2019 term,* you may be eligible for half-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.
Debbie Beck, Ph.D.
Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Nursing
Dr. Debbie Beck is an accomplished educator, consultant, and administrator with over 36 years of experience in the nursing and healthcare field. She has been recognized by the International Nurses Association for outstanding leadership and for contributions to healthcare worldwide. Past roles include: associate professor, consultant, university chair, head nurse, nursing supervisor, and faculty mentor.
In the academic environment, Dr. Beck has worked in traditional classroom settings, in blended modalities, and online, where she has taught in BSN, RN-BSN, MSN, and DNP programs. She has mentored both students and faculty to achieve superior performance outcomes. She is a Certified Nurse Educator and Subject Matter Expert and an active member of curriculum development and design, assessment and policy committees, as well as advisory boards for a university based nursing program.
As Chair, Dr. Beck supervised, coordinated, and evaluated educational programs and operational activities for undergraduate and graduate nursing and health care offerings at seven university campuses. She has also planned and participated in the development of several community service and CEU educational seminars and conferences.
Dr. Beck has an extensive list of scholarly activities including publishing manuscripts in peer reviewed journals and presenting research in professional venues. She continues to engage in research, is a member of multiple social service and professional nursing and organizations, and serves on editorial and professional boards.
We are, and have always been, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation guarantees that our programs meet certain levels of quality standards.
A Note About Accreditation:
The RN to MSN program at American College of Education is a new applicant pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 887- 6791. New applicant status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
RN to MSN
55 semester credits x $355 per credit
$50 Application Fee
$200 Program Conferral Fee
Total Program Cost*
*This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on 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.
State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)
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.
Tuition at ACE is half and sometimes 2/3 less than other institutions. We’ve purposely kept the cost of tuition low to fit realistically into a working nurse’s budget. Each credit hour is $355, with a total program cost of $19,775.
Select students that fully meet our scholarship eligibility requirements will receive a scholarship covering half of the program tuition costs 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 and half of the program tuition costs.
In order to meet the scholarship eligibility requirements, all applicants must:
*Scholarships are applied only to program tuition costs and will cover half, or fifty percent (50%) of each tuition charge 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, half of the program tuition costs, 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.
If the number of applicants exceeds the enrollment capacity of the RN to MSN program for any term, applicants will be admitted for that term in the order that applicants receive full or provisional admissions status. For this reason, it's very important applicants submit all admissions materials as soon as possible. Applicants who meet admissions requirements and are admitted after the term capacity has been reached will be admitted into the next available term, but the scholarship amount awarded may differ if offered for the next available term.
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:
Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 55 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.
(39 semester credits)