RN to M.S. in Nursing: Education or Management Focus

RN to M.S. in Nursing: Education or Management Focus

Regis University's RN to M.S. in Nursing program combines the RN to BSN Completion and Master of Science in Nursing programs into a single curriculum, putting you on a fast track to earning both a BSN and Master of Science in Nursing degree. This RN bridge program is offered online or on campus.
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RN to M.S. in Nursing: Education or Management Focus

Degree Overview

Set your sights on your ultimate goal, and advance quickly to the BSN and the MS in Nursing degree. This program allows students to complete three graduate level courses in the BSN portion of the curriculum which provides a head start in the Master of Science program.

After completion of the BSN portion of the program, you will continue to complete classes for your master’s degree in the same format as the BSN coursework. Within the master’s portion of the program, you will complete graduate level nursing courses along with courses in a chosen focus area – education or management.

The Education focus includes teaching and learning theory, curriculum development and evaluation. The Management focus entails course work in leadership development, financial management, current legal and economic requirements and industry trends. Both focus options include practicum experiences that total 210 hours providing you with an opportunity to apply theory in authentic health care management or education environments.

Learn How Your Past Education Counts

We’re giving credit where credit is due! The Loretto Heights School of Nursing has approved a credit transfer policy aimed to ensure RNs with an associate’s degree are given the maximum amount of credit possible. Here’s how it works - if you graduated from a regionally accredited institution, completed an ADN program requiring a minimum of 66 semester hours, and have a current license, you’re eligible for a lump sum transfer of at least 66 semester hours. If your ADN program consisted of more than 66 semester hours, additional credit may be awarded. This equates to fewer non-nursing courses, saving you even more time and money! Various core studies courses are not included in the block transfer policy. These courses include: 3 semester hours (SH) of philosophy, 6 SH of religious studies, 3 SH of statistics, 6 SH of upper division electives and 6 SH of lower division electives. If you’ve already completed any of these courses, we’ll review for transfer credit on a course-by-course basis. Applicants with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from a non-regionally accredited school, from programs that required less than 66 semester hours, and from diploma RN programs will be awarded 33 hours for RN licensure as guided by the Colorado Articulation Model. All previously completed non-nursing courses will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.


Graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) upon completion of the BSN portion of the program, and the Master of Science, Nursing with a focus in either education or management upon completion of the entire program.



Our online RN to MS in Nursing program’s flexible format allows you to log in anytime, day or night as you complete weekly assignments. Each class lasts 8 weeks allowing you to progress quickly. No campus visits are required for RN to MSN online students, but we encourage you to celebrate your graduation in person!


Our hybrid campus program blends classroom and online courses, which allows you great convenience, but also personal contact and guidance.


The curriculum can be completed in approximately 24-36 months depending on the pace at which you choose to take courses, and the number of core courses a student needs to complete.

Start Dates

The Online format begins three times a year, August, January and May.
The campus based format begins one time a year, August. 


Regis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science degree in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for the RN to Master of Science (MS) in Nursing program at Regis University. The total degree requires a total of 150-153 (depending on Management or Education focus) semester hours which includes all core studies requirements, 33 semester hours awarded in accordance with the provisions of the Colorado Articulation Model and RN licensure, RN to BSN major coursework, and the Master of Science Degree in Nursing coursework completed during the program at Regis University.

Students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) upon completion of the BSN requirements.  Students earn a Master of Science (MS) in Nursing degree upon successful completion of the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing requirements. Three graduate level courses are included in the BSN portion of the program providing a cost and time savings.

Core Studies Requirements (54 Semester Hours)
English Composition 3 semester hours
Literature/Humanities/Oral and Written Communication 6 semester hours
Economics/Business 3 semester hours
General Psychology 3 semester hours
Developmental or Child Psychology 3 semester hours
Sociology 3 semester hours
Philosophy 3 semester hours
Religious Studies 6 semester hours
Introduction to Statistics 3 semester hours
Microbiology 4 semester hours
Human Anatomy & Physiology 8 semester hours
General Electives 6 semester hours
Upper Division Elective 3 semester hours

Core studies requirements listed above may be taken at any regionally accredited institution. Advanced Placement, CLEP and Dantes tests are accepted for core study course work. Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology must be completed prior to starting the program. All other core study requirements can be completed simultaneously with the major requirements. 

Let us evaluate your prior college transcripts to determine which requirements you have fulfilled per your prior coursework, including your RN studies.

RN to BSN Major Requirements (33 Semester Hours)
NR 444R Professional Role Development (3 semester hours)
NR 448R Updates in Illness and Disease Management (3 semester hours)
NR 452R Contemporary Topics in Health Care (3 semester hours)
NR 455R Health Promotion Concepts (3 semester hours)
NR 460R Evidence Based Practice in Nursing (3 semester hours)
NR 466R Community Health Nursing (3 semester hours)
NR 478R Community Health Nursing Practicum (3 semester hours)
HCE 604 Ethics for Nurse Leaders* (3 semester hours)
NR 600 Advanced Nursing Practice: Leadership and Theoretical Frameworks* (3 semester hours)
NR 485R Leadership in Nursing Capstone (3 semester hours)
NR 620 Health Care Organizations and Systems Leadership* (3 semester hours)

* This graduate level course is completed in the BSN portion of the RN to Master of Science (MS) in Nursing program and fulfills both BSN and Master of Science (MS) in Nursing degree requirements.

Students are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) after successfully completing all requirements listed above (120 semester hours) and then continue in the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing requirements listed below.

Master of Science in Nursing Major Requirements (15 Semester Hours)
NR 602 Adv. Apps. of Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 608 Health Care Policy (3 semester hours)
NR 609 Population Health and Interprofessional Collaboration Practicum (3 semester hours)
NR 614 Foundations of Financial Management for Nursing Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 646 Teaching and Learning Strategies in Health Care (3 semester hours)
NR 699 Comprehensive Evaluation (0 semester hours)

Students select either the Education focus or the Management focus noted below. Interested in both the Education and Management focus areas? You can complete a dual focus by first completing the Management focus, and then the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Education.

Education Focus Requirements (18 Semester Hours)
NR 630 Advanced Health Assessment of the Patient and Family (3 semester hours)
NR 607 Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 605 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3 semester hours)
NR 647 Curriculum Development (3 semester hours)
NR 648 Evaluation Methods in Health Care Education (3 semester hours)
NR 623F Leadership in Health Care Systems Practicum (3 semester hours)
Management Focus Requirements (15 Semester Hours)
NR 615 Advanced Financial Management for Nursing Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 603 Informatics (3 semester hours)
NR 621 Advanced Management Principles and Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 623E Leadership in Health Care Systems Practicum (3 semester hours)
Graduate Elective Select Elective Options (3 semester hours)

A minimum of 30 semester hours for the baccalaureate degree and 24 semester hours for the master’s degree must be completed through Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.


Request an unofficial transcript evaluation of your previous college/university coursework. Completion of an unofficial evaluation does not indicate acceptance into the program. We encourage prospective students to review our transfer guides for many Colorado colleges, CLICK HERE

Pre-requisites Requirement

  • Completion of an associate degree in nursing or diploma nursing program.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale. (Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 will be considered on an individual basis)
  • Completion of Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology and less than 36 outstanding non-nursing semester hours.
  • An active, unrestricted or unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in the state in which the student’s clinical/practicum experience will be completed. 

Fall 2016-Summer 2017

Tuition (per semester hour)
Bachelor level courses $535
MS level courses $620
University Fees
Application Fee $50
Graduation Application Fee $50
Parking Varies Learn More

Additional costs may be incurred based on individual and program specific needs. Some costs are controlled by external vendors and are subject to change without notice. A complete list of all program specific requirements is provided to admitted students prior to the start date. The following list gives you an estimate of additional expenses but may not be inclusive of all needs. Students may need uniforms, and/or lab equipment. Costs may be incurred for travel to practicums or service learning. Expenses for books will be incurred, as well as potential costs for required technology not already owned. All campus-based nursing students (including RN to MS Nursing campus-based students) are required to have a laptop for access to web-based content during class. Please click here for hardware and software requirements.

Other anticipated costs  Estimated Cost
Complio®/Compliance Tracking Annual Fee
Background Check and Drug Screen $57
Basic Life Support Certification Varies
Vaccinations Varies
Physical Exam Varies
Proof of Health Insurance

Tuition and fees are subject to change.


General Questions

What is the application deadline?
Regis University's RN to MS in Nursing program has a rolling admission deadline; we accept applications up to the start date of the program but recommend applying sooner than later.

What are the prerequisites for the program?
The admissions requirements include a current unrestricted and unencumbered professional RN license, completion of an associate’s degree nursing program or diploma nursing program from an accredited institution, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above, have completed Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology and have less than 36 outstanding non-nursing semester hours. Applicants not meeting the minimum requirements will be considered on an individual basis and should contact an admission counselor directly prior to applying at bsn@regis.edu.

How long do I have to complete my degree?
RN to MS in Nursing students have a total of 5 years to complete each degree.

How long does it typically take to complete the program?
The required RN to MS in Nursing curriculum can be completed in approximately 24 - 36 months.

When do the classes meet?
If you choose to complete the hybrid blended campus program, the number of in-class meetings vary by course, but will meet from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.  Online students have the flexibility to complete weekly assignments asynchronously (i.e. no pre-determined login times).

Will I have an Academic Advisor?
Yes, once you start class you will be assigned an academic advisor. Your assigned advisor will work with you throughout the entire program and will be available via email and phone. Their primary role is to help you with course sequencing, to ensure you are meeting all degree requirements, to answer general questions and provide support.

Can I take more than one class in an 8-week term?
New students are only allowed to take one course during their first 8-week term. If a grade of A- or better is earned in this course, students are allowed to register for additional courses during the following terms if they desire.

Are students required to have laptops for the RN to MS in Nursing program?

Yes. All nursing students, including RN to MS in Nursing students, are required to have a laptop. Campus blended option students are required to bring a laptop to all face to face classes. 

Are students required to have Webcam  for the RN to MS in Nursing program? 
Yes. All nursing students, including RN to MS in Nursing students, are required to have a webcam for some class assignments.

  • Recommended screen size: 13 inches or greater
  • Required Wi-Fi compatible
  • Required Operating system: Windows: XP or higher, Mac: OS X 1o.5.8 or higher
  • Required memory: minimum 1GB
  • Required hard disk space: minimum 60GB
  • Required battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher
  • Recommended backup battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher

  • MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint (recommend MS Office)
  • Browser: most recent version of IE, Firefox, Safari or Chrome
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • Adobe Reader, Flash, APA template
  • Frequently Asked Questions - Online Students

    Do I have to be online at a certain time each day/week?
    You are not held to any specific online class times throughout the day or week. As long as you are completing your assignments by the assigned due date, you can log in at a time that is best for you.

    How do I hand in assignments, submit tests and receive feedback?
    Assignments and tests in online courses are submitted electronically (as e-mail attachments) and may be posted on the site. The faculty member or the syllabus generally specifies how a given assignment or test is to be submitted; the goals of the course usually dictate the most appropriate method. Assignments often are submitted as discussion postings. The faculty member's feedback is typically given in an individual e-mail or through written comments to the student. This varies from one course to another.

    Am I required to visit campus?
    While campus visits are not required, students are welcome to visit our beautiful campus in Denver, CO.

    Can I attend commencement?
    We welcome and encourage all online students to participate in the commencement ceremony upon completion of graduation requirements.

    What if I take time off (vacation, summer)?
    You are encouraged to take a class each eight-week term, but we also understand that many students are busy adults who need to take time away from classes. It's important that you speak with your online academic advisor to let them know your plans.

    How do I purchase textbooks?
    Textbooks can be purchased online and are mailed directly to you, or purchased on campus in the bookstore. Instructions to purchase textbooks will be sent once you are registered for your first course.

    What if I have computer related issues, is there someone available to help?
    Yes, our Information Technology Services Department (ITS) help center is open
    Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM MST and Saturday - Sunday 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM MST.

    Admission Criteria


  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale. (Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 will be considered on an individual basis)
  • Completion of an associate degree in nursing or diploma nursing program. 
  • Completion of Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology and have less than 36 outstanding non-nursing semester hours. 
  • An active, unrestricted or unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in the state in which the student’s clinical/practicum experience will be completed. 
  • Credits are accepted in transfer with a grade of “C-” or better from regionally accredited schools as well as from approved testing programs (CLEP, DSST, NLN) in accordance with established Regis University policies. 
  • Two years of clinical practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) is preferred for all applicants. 
  • Applicants who graduated from a nursing program more than three years prior to admission may be required to have a minimum of 1,000 hours of nursing work experience in the last three years or have successfully completed a Colorado Council on Nursing Education approved refresher course or an approved refresher course in their current state of nursing practice. 
  • Eligibility for all BSN programs is pending the successful completion of a drug screening and a criminal background check. For a complete list of Disqualifying Offenses, click here. 
  • A complete health history and physical examination record indicating that the student is physically able to meet the objectives of the program, and is appropriately immunized is required after admission to the program. 
  • Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care professionals certification.
  • If English is not your native/first language, you must meet the following language proficiency requirement: 
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening), Computer-based: Minimum score of 213. Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656. 
  • Applicants that have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited US institution do not need to provide a TOEFL score.

    Applications for the RN to Master of Science, Nursing (MS) program are evaluated on a rolling admission basis. An application is reviewed and an enrollment decision is made once all required application materials are submitted. 

    How to Apply

    Take the next step in your Regis experience and start your application today. Complete the Regis University Application or the NursingCAS Application. NursingCAS is the centralized application service for Nursing programs. Regis University accepts either application and gives equal consideration to both.

    Have questions? Attend an information session or webinar, or just email or calls us.

    The application requirements are the same regardless of which application you utilize to apply.  If utilizing the Regis Application all documents are submitted directly to Regis University.  If utilizing the NursingCAS application, all documents, including transcripts are submitted directly to NursingCAS.    

    • Submit a completed online application.
    • Request official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended. Transcripts must be official. Official transcripts can be mailed or sent electronically. If completing the NursingCAS application, transcript instructions are included in the application and transcripts are sent directly to NursingCAS. If utilizing the Regis University application direct transcripts to the following address:
      • Submit mailed transcripts to:
        Regis University
        Office of Admissions
        3333 Regis Boulevard 
        Mail Code: P-28
        Denver, CO 80221-1099
      • Submit electronic transcripts to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu
      • Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems.
    • Submit three recommendation forms. Select professional and academic references that can address your academic, professional, and leadership potential. One recommendation must be from your current employer or supervisor. The recommendation forms provided must be used. You will need the email addresses for your two references to complete the online forms.
    • Submit a current resume including all professional and volunteer experience 
    • Submit a one-page typewritten personal statement (double-spaced) that addresses the essay question in the application. Essay topic is provided after you submit the application or you can contact your Admissions Counselor.
    • Submit a nonrefundable application fee. Instructions are given when you complete the payment portion of the application.

    Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.

    You can email your admission counselor with questions at healthcare@regis.edu.

    Regis University
    Office of Admissions
    3333 Regis Blvd.
    Mail Code P-28
    Denver, CO 80221-1099
    Phone: 303.458.4344 or 800.944.7667
    Fax: 303.964.5534
    Email: healthcare@regis.edu