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.
If you start the RN to MSN program during the May 2020 term,* you may be eligible for a half-tuition scholarship.Learn More
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.
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, 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 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*
With ACE’s Half-Tuition Scholarship*, the total program cost is $9,763 for 15 RN to MSN students who start in May.
*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.
Up to 15 students who 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, as determined 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. 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.
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.
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.
(55 total semester credits required)
Undergraduate courses (30 semester credits - must be completed to earn BSN)
Nursing courses (15 semester credits - 6 taken as part of the BSN)
The Nurse Administration focus of study will prepare the nurse leader to model organizational and systems leadership skills that asserts ethical and critical decision making, collaborative inter-professional relationships, responsible fiscal stewardship, and principles of quality improvement. The nurse leader will be prepared to impact health policy at the micro and macro systems levels. The program will foster competencies in leadership and the use of technology and information systems to support quality improvement and outcomes. (200 Hour Practicum Experience Required)
The Nurse Educator focus of study will prepare the nurse to model leadership in the role of nurse educator while implementing quality improvement and change in academic and clinical education practice settings. The nurse educator will be prepared to design, implement and evaluate teaching strategies appropriate to the learner, setting, and achievement of desired outcomes. The program will foster competencies in leadership, role of the educator, and use of technology to support optimal learner outcomes and quality improvement in educational systems.
The RN to MSN program requires students to complete a total of 145 semester credits. The 145-credit requirement for the RN to MSN program includes the following: