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Earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the RN-to- MSN program at Trinity Washington University. Registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma or associate degree in nursing can choose the RN-to-MSN Program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree while working towards a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).  Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.  Nine credits completed during the BSN program will apply to the MSN program.  After completing the BSN degree students can continue on to a seamless transition to complete the MSN degree with a concentration in either the Nurse Educator track OR the Nurse Administration track. Students may delay MSN enrollment for no more than two years should a student need to stop-out between the BSN and MSN.

You can apply to this program through NursingCAS.

The BSN Program focuses on preparing Registered Nurses (RNs) to expand their clinical knowledge and patient management skills to serve as health care providers in a broad scope of clinical areas.

In the BSN curriculum students have an opportunity to:

  • Learn from expert faculty who share contemporary nursing knowledge, clinical expertise, healthcare management, and application of nursing leadership
  • Identify and apply skills and principles to provide advanced patient care
  • Obtain increased preparation  to assume broader responsibilities in a wide range of healthcare organizations
  • AND have an excellent foundation to be successful in the MSN program
  • Three courses (9 credits) of the BSN curriculum will apply to required core courses for the MSN curriculum

The MSN Program prepares students in two tracks; the Nurse Administrator track prepares nurses to work in areas of leadership and management as unit managers and directors. The Nurse Educator track prepares nurses to teach the next generation of nurses in the academic area OR as a unit-based educator to meet the ongoing education needs of nurses and staff in health care organizations.

In the MSN curriculum students have an opportunity to:

  • Learn from dedicated education experts
  • Develop areas of expertise from a curriculum that is based on National Nursing Professional Standards
  • Obtain the support needed for success and flexibility to meet family & work responsibilities through online course delivery
  • Select a full or part-time course path
  • Benefit from applying theoretical concepts to the application of practice during the Practicum Experience
  • Qualify to sit for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator Examination (CNE) OR the American Organization of Nurse Executives Certified in Executive Nursing Practice Examination (CENP) or the Certified Nurse Manager and Leader Examination (CNML).

Program Format

  • Hybrid format: online courses with Friday face-to-face sessions
  • BSN component can completed in one year
    • 9 credits completed in the BSN will apply to the MSN program
  • MSN component can be completed full or part-time within  6 semesters
  • Curriculum utilizes The American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN), The Essentials of Baccalaureate and Masters Education for Professional Nursing Practice and The American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics as foundations that guide the curriculums.

RN to MSN Program Goals

  • Provide client-centered care which represents the diversity of clients’ preferences, values, and needs within the context of their families, communities and the health care delivery system. (BSN Essential 7, 8, 9)
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors in the moral, ethical, and legal practice of nursing epitomized by altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice. (BSN Essential 3, 4, 5, 8)
  • Demonstrate integration of knowledge, skills and professional attitudes through the use of clinical evidence and reasoning based on integration from the liberal arts and sciences and application of evidence-based knowledge in the nursing discipline. (BSN Essential 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9)
  • Identify threats to safety and develop strategies to minimize risk of harm to individuals and populations. (BSN Essential 7, 8, 9)
  • Apply organizational, leadership, and management concepts including use of technology, teamwork, communication, finance, healthcare policy, and regulatory environments in the provision of high quality nursing care. (BSN Essential 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Provide competent nursing population focused care incorporating concepts of health promotion, disease and injury prevention at the local, national, and international levels to meet society’s needs and shape social policy. (BSN Essential 2, 5, 6, 7, 8)

RN to MSN Student Learning Outcomes

  • Practice autonomously and collaboratively within inter-professional teams to provide direct and indirect care services in various types of health care systems. (MSN Essential 2, 7, 9)
  • Apply research findings from nursing and other disciplines as a basis for ethical clinical decision-making to improve practice and to formulate health policy. (MSN Essential 2, 4, 6)
  • Utilize evidence-based practice recommendations and professional standards of care to promote health, prevent disease and improve the health status of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. (MSN Essential 4, 8)
  • Use effective communication skills and health information management resources to enhance the quality of care provided at individual and aggregate levels. (MSN Essential 5)
  • Demonstrate safe, effective assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation skills in caring for individuals and groups to promote health, prevent disease and improve the health status of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations in a dynamic health care arena. (MSN Essential 3, 4, 8, 9)
  • Demonstrate advanced competencies appropriate for the nursing administration or nursing educator roles (MSN Essentials 9)


The master’s degree program in nursing at Trinity is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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Featured Courses

Nurse Educator Courses NURS 515 Advanced Pathophysiology & Pharmacology NURS 562 Advanced Health Assessment NURS 650 Adv Clin Prac Spec for Nurse Educator SNHP 501 Theoretical Foundations SNHP 530 Quantitative Research and Biostatistics SNHP 600 Instructional Strategies for Effective Teaching SNHP 601 Informatics SNHP 620 Curriculum Development and Evaluation SNHP 630 Qualitative and Outcomes Research and Biostatistics SNHP 651 Ethics SNHP 640 Teaching and Clinical Practicum HADV 621 Health Advocacy: Access and Navigation NURS 650 Adv Clin Prac Spec for Nurse Educator Nurse Administrator Courses NURS 515 Advanced Pathophysiology & Pharmacology NURS 562 Advanced Health Assessment NURS 605 Administrative Theory in Nursing I NURS 625 Administrative Theory in Nursing II NURS 645 Practicum in Nursing Administration SNHP 501 Theoretical Foundations SNHP 530 Quantitative Research and Biostatistics SNHP 601 Informatics SNHP 630 Qualitative and Outcomes Research and Biostatistics ADMN 607 Accounting and Finance for Evaluation and Control HADV 621 Health Advocacy: Access and Navigation

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Career Paths

Nurse Educator Career Pathways:
Academic Nurse Educator
Clinic/Unit-based Educator

Nurse Administration Career Pathways:
Nurse Administration/Management
Nurse Consultant
Health Services Manager
Nursing Supervisor
Director of Nursing
Chief Nursing Officer

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Faculty Kristie Davis, MSN, Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Intima Alrimawa, Assistant Professor of Nursing

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