RN to M.S. in Nursing: Leadership in Health Care Systems

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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 four 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 seamlessly complete classes for your master’s degree.

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


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 leadership upon completion of the entire program.



Our flexible format allows you to log in anytime, day or night as you complete weekly assignments. Each class lasts eight weeks allowing you to progress quickly. No campus visits are required for online students, but we encourage you to celebrate your graduation in person! We provide students with an orientation to online learning prior to getting started. This program starts twice a year, in January and August.

Our hybrid MS in Nursing Leadership program is offered 100% online in August, January and May. In January we also offer a hybrid option that blends virtual classroom meetings and online courses. Most courses are taught in eight week terms.


The curriculum can be completed in approximately 27 months depending on the pace at which you choose to take courses, and the number of core courses a student needs to complete.


Applications should be submitted no less than one month prior to your intended start date. We recommend applying two to three months prior to allow ample time to prepare for your first course. Applications are reviewed as they are completed.


Since you have prior college credit, you are closer than you realize to achieving your educational goal. Let us evaluate what you’ve done. We highly encourage you to request an unofficial transcript evaluation. Unofficial Transcript Evaluation Instructions. It's a free service and provides you with a written notice of what will likely transfer to Regis University and what's left to complete your BSN.  This is the best first step when considering completing your BSN. 

For students taking, or planning to take courses at a Colorado Community College, please review our helpful transfer guides to assist you in fulfilling the core requirements. Colorado Community College Transfer Guide. For ADN students graduating from a Colorado-based community college, Regis University has a consortium agreement established with the school that will facilitate the transfer of credits and classes. In many cases, we will be able to waive up to 3-4 class requirements. To find out how many will transfer, contact us for a free transcript evaluation. Unofficial Transcript Evaluation Instructions


The Loretto Heights School of Nursing has 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, and upper division and 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. Request an unofficial transcript evaluation as your next step. 


Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

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 degree requires a total of 141 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. Four graduate level courses are included in the BSN portion of the program providing a cost and time savings.

Core Studies Requirements
English Composition
General Psychology
Developmental or Child Psychology
Religious Studies
Human Anatomy & Physiology
General Electives
Upper Division Electives

RN to BSN Major Requirements (33 credit hours)
NR 444R Professional Role Development
NR 448R Updates in Illness and Disease Management
NR 452R Contemporary Topics in Health Care
NR 455R Health Promotion Concepts
NR 466R Community Health Nursing
NR 478R Community Health Nursing Practicum
NR 485R Leadership in Nursing Capstone
NR 600 Advanced Nursing Practice: Leadership and Theoretical Frameworks*
NR 602 Advanced Applications of Research for Evidence-Based Practice*
NR 620                 Health Care Organizations and Systems Leadership*
HCE 604 Ethics for Nurse Leaders*

*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.

33 semester hours are automatically awarded per students RN licensure and in accordance with the Colorado Nursing Articulation agreement. 
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 - Leadership in Health Care Systems Major Requirements (18 credit hours)
NR 608 Health Care Policy
NR 609 Population Health and Interprofessional Collaboration
NR 614 Foundations of Financial Management for Nursing Leaders
NR 620 Health Care Organizations and Systems Leadership
NR 623 Leadership in Health Care Systems Practicum
NR 646 Teaching and Learning Strategies in Health Care
NR 699 Comprehensive Evaluation
Graduate Elective 

Students interested in pursuing further specialization may elect to enroll in a complimentary certificate program in the following areas:

Certificates are offered in collaboration with the Department of Health Services Administration and the Department of Data Science, both within Regis University.

Please note: For official program requirements based on academic year, please refer to the academic catalog.

Download a printable fact sheet with program details.

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.
  • Select 'Start a new Undergraduate Admission'
  • Next select 'Accelerated, Online, or Evening Application'

Application Process

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: A-12
      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/or 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 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.

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 A-12
Denver, CO 80221-1099
Phone: 303.458.4344 or 800.944.7667
Fax: 303.964.5534
Email: healthcare@regis.edu


  • 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 either of the following language proficiency requirements:
    • 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.

Admission to Regis University does not guarantee professional licensure. To learn more about licensure requirements, visit the Disqualifying Offenses and Eligibility of Licensure Notification.


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.

Program Exceptions

Due to regulatory requirements in the states listed below, Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing is unable to accept or enroll students who intend to reside and/or do clinical in any of these states while pursuing RN-BSN, MS Nursing, Post-Graduate Certificate, or DNP education through any of our distance learning formats. For more information click here.

Louisiana | New York | North Dakota | Oregon (APRN only)

Visit our Cost of Tuition page to see the tuition and fee schedule for the RN to MS in Nursing.


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.

Do you require an academic reference from a college instructor?
No. We require three letters of reference on the forms provided in the application. One reference must be from your current employer or supervisor and the other two can be either professional or academic. 

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 27 months.

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 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. MST and Saturday - Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. MST. Contact: 303.458.4050 or its@regis.edu.