About the Program
The RN to MSN program offers an expedited time table at a fantastic value. This program advances your education past the BSN level and equips you to be a leader in education or hospital nursing administration. This accelerated program allows you to earn your MSN in less time—and save more money—than if you complete the RN to BSN and MSN programs separately.
|Program||Program Price||Scholarships and Discounts||Cost to Student*|
|RN-MSN - Nurse Educator||$27,507||-$8,007||$19,500 total|
|RN-MSN - Administration||$26,084||-$6,584||$19,500 total|
- Accelerated online courses
- BSN awarded when undergraduate requirements are met
- No expiration on previously earned credits
- Complete your RN to MSN at the nation's largest public college of nursing
- CCNE accredited
- Clinicals can be completed in your geographical area
- Flexibility to choose between an MSN Nurse Administrator or MSN Nurse Educator degree track
Some nursing courses may count towards both your RN to BSN and MSN, allowing you to graduate faster.
UT Arlington's College of Nursing and Health Innovation has designed its online RN to MSN program to include all the courses you need to graduate with your MSN, including general courses. Online learning also allows you to continue your education while juggling the many activities of home and work.
You can apply immediately—regardless of the number of general courses you have completed—by clicking the Apply Now button. This unique online delivery format is the most cost-effective and efficient way to earn an MSN degree.
The College of Nursing and Health Innovation at The University of Texas at Arlington is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
*Cost is a combination of discounts and scholarships. Additional fees may apply and students may be required to complete additional non-nursing courses, which could increase the total cost of the program. University reserves the right to increase prices at any time.
Upon acceptance to our program, a course carousel indicating the course sequence will be provided. Please be aware that courses may be pushed back to the next start date if there is an insufficient number of enrolled students. Our expectation is that all students will enroll in courses as indicated on the carousel and that the program will be completed in a reasonable time frame.
Students who have Technical Writing or an equivalent will not be required to enroll in Technical Writing (ENGL 2338). The equivalent courses for Technical Writing are any sophomore level (2000 level course) Literature, Philosophy, or Speech course. Course equivalency Charts are available here.
- Undergrad General Courses
- RN-BSN Courses
- MSN Common Courses
- MSN Administration Courses
- MSN Education Courses
- One of the literature courses (ENGL 2329, ENGL 2319, or ENGL 2309) must be completed to graduate from the AP RN-MSN program. If you have taken one of these courses in the past, they can be transferred into the AP RN-MSN program.
Intended to develop an understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of art in its many forms. Recommended as a fine arts elective for non-art majors.
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Functional morphology of humans, cellular function, principles of support and movement, and neural and endocrine control systems. Laboratory exercises involve both anatomical and experimental aspects of principles introduced in the lecture. This class is designed for students in sport activities (EXSA), medical technology, and pre-nursing. Prerequisite: BIOL 1345, BIOL 1441, or equivalent, or approval of the department. May not be used for biology grade point calculation or biology credit toward a B.S. degree in biology or microbiology.
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Functional morphology of humans, maintenance of the human body, and continuity of life. Topics will include the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, and reproductive systems. Laboratory exercises explore both anatomical and experimental aspects of principles introduced in the lecture. This class is designed for students in sport activities (EXSA), medical technology, and pre-nursing. Prerequisite: BIOL 1345, BIOL 1441, or equivalent, BIOL 2457, or approval of the department. May not be used for biology grade point calculation or biology credit toward a B.S. degree in biology or microbiology.
The intention of this course is to present basic information, relevant to nursing practice, with the principles of microbiology and the nature of microbial disease. This course will give the nursing student a fundamental background of knowledge that will be applicable to the care of infectious patients, to the control of microbial diseases, and an understanding of microorganisms. The laboratory will provide practice in aseptic techniques, the use of disinfectants and antimicrobial agents, and microscopic study of bacteria. This course cannot be applied for credit toward a degree in Biology. Prerequisite: BIOL 1345, BIOL 1441, or equivalent.
Critical Thinking, Reading, & Writing I
The critical thinking about, and reading and writing of, referential/expository discourse. Introduction to inventional procedures. Writing assignments focusing on identification and development of a subject, on organization, audience analysis, style, and the revision process.
Critical Thinking, Reading, & Writing II
Continues ENGL 1301, but with an emphasis on critical thinking about, and reading and writing of, argumentative discourse. Introduction to inventional procedures such as types of proofs and claims and the Toulmin model. Writing assignments focusing on the identification, development, and support of propositions of fact, cause, value, and policy. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1301.
Processes of researching, drafting, editing, revising, and designing technical reports, proposals, manuals, resumes, and professional correspondence for specific audiences. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302. For RN to BSN students, this course can be a co-requisite with N3345 part A as long as it is taken in the AP 5 week course format.
History Of The United States To 1865
An introduction to the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States prior to 1865. This course is designed to help students understand and evaluate their society, comprehend the historical experience, and further develop reading and writing competencies and critical skills.
History Of The United States Since 1865
An introduction to the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States since 1865. This course is designed to help students understand and evaluate their society, comprehend the historical experience, and further develop reading and writing competencies and critical skills.
Foundations for Contemporary Mathematics
This course is designed for students whose placement scores or life experience indicate that they may need additional preparation in order to take a college credit-bearing mathematics course. This course provides foundational preparation for MATH 1301. Topics include basic numeric and algebraic operations, expressions, linear and quadratic equations, solving techniques, graphing, mathematical logic and reasoning, as well as a brief introduction to probability and statistics. Students will use mathematical software to master targeted areas and progress through a modified self-paced environment in order to achieve college readiness. Immediately following the successful completion of this foundational course, students should register for a credit-bearing mathematics course according to their degree plan, specifically MATH 1301. Credit in this course does not fulfill any degree requirements.
Foundations for College Algebra
This course is designed for students whose placement scores or life experience indicate that they may need additional preparation in order to take a college credit-bearing mathematics course. This course provides foundational preparation for Math 1302 or Math 1315. Topics include basic numeric and algebraic operations and expressions, linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions, factoring, exponents and radicals, graphing, and quadratic equations. Students will use mathematical software to master targeted areas and progress through a modified self-paced environment in order to achieve college readiness. Immediately following the successful completion of this foundational course, students should register for a credit bearing mathematics course according to their degree plan, specifically MATH 1302 or MATH 1315. Credit in this course does not fulfill any degree requirements.
Topics include the study of linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, radical, absolute value, logarithmic, and exponential relations; functions and inequalities; graphs, basic characteristics, and operations on relations and functions; real and complex zeros of various functions; graphing techniques; systems of equations; and matrices. The use of mathematical software and a basic/scientific calculator is required. No graphing calculators are allowed. All exams will be proctored for a minimal fee using an online proctoring service requiring a webcam. See course syllabus and blackboard course site for specific details.
Elementary Statistical Analysis
Topics include collection, analysis, presentation, and interpretation of data. Analysis includes descriptive statistics, probability, relationships between variables and graphs, elementary statistical models, hypothesis testing, inference, estimation, correlation, regression and confidence intervals. The use of mathematical software and calculators is required. All exams will be proctored for a minimal fee using an online proctoring service requiring a webcam. See course syllabus and blackboard course site for specific details.
The constitution and government of the United States. The organization, procedures, and duties of the branches of the government, together with their accomplishments and defects.
State & Local Government
The principles and organization of American state, county, and municipal government, together with current problems and the constitution and government of Texas.
Introduction to Psychology
The fundamental methods and content of scientific psychology. Concentration on the understanding of basic principles.
Developmental Psychology (Lifespan)
Human development and growth from conception through old age, concerned with the physical, behavioral, and social aspects.
Introduction to Sociology
A scientific approach to the analysis and explanation of culture, personality, and social organization. The social processes and mechanisms of interaction involved in the natural process of cultural development, dissemination, assimilation, and the institutions of the group.
Consideration of significant American works with a focus on ideas and the ways in which they reflect cultural and aesthetic values; emphasis on critical methods of reading, writing, and thinking; at least three genres and six authors considered.
Consideration of significant British works with emphasis on ideas and the ways in which they reflect cultural and aesthetic values; emphasis on critical methods of reading, writing, and thinking; at least three genres and six authors considered.
Consideration of significant works of world literature with emphasis on ideas and the ways in which they reflect cultural and aesthetic values; emphasis on critical methods of reading, writing, and thinking. Examines at least three genres and six authors.
Holistic Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
Theory and practice of holistic health assessment of individuals and families across the lifespan designed for the Registered Nurse. An application-based practice experience is required and can be completed in the workplace.
Holistic Care of Older Adults
Introduction of concepts and issues related to the holistic care of older adults and the impact on society and health care. An application-based practice experience is required and can be completed in the community.
RN to BSN Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
Health promotion for individuals and families. Opportunities to gain knowledge about primary prevention in health care. Importance of the role of the nurse in disease prevention and health promotion. RN-BSN students only. Previously NURS 3435. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 3345.
Role Transition to Professional Nursing
Course addresses the role transition to Professional Nursing, nursing theory, ethics, decision making, critical thinking/clinical judgment, introduction to evidence-based practice, and informatics/technology in practice. Identifies strategies for personal and professional empowerment.
Health Policy and Legal Aspects of Professional Nursing
Course addresses health policy, legislative and political concerns, nurse practice act, legal and ethical aspects that impact the practice of professional nursing in contemporary health care.
Basic concepts, processes, and applications of nursing research. Research role of the nurse in decision making and clinical practice. RN-BSN students only. Prerequisite: Math 1308, or equivalent and NURS 3345. (Previously offered as NURS 4321.)
Nursing Leadership & Management
Exploration of organizational strategies, leadership theories and societal trends with implications for decision making in health care. Introduction to management and leadership skills needed by professional nurses with clinical application in diverse settings. An application-based practice experience is required and can be completed in the workplace.
Care of Vulnerable Populations Across the Lifespan
Integrates knowledge from nursing theory and public health science in assessing health care needs of aggregates, communities, and society for the Registered Nurse. An application-based practice experience is required and can be completed in the community.
Synthesis of theories and concepts for professional nursing practice. Focuses on evolution and transition of professional nursing practice in diverse settings within a context of emerging societal issues and trends. The student will pick one of three areas (management, clinical or education) of interest for concentrated study.
Principles of Research in Nursing
Integration of theoretical and empirical principles of nursing research to generate evidence for nursing practice.
Exploration of Science and Theories for Nursing
A critical examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing science.
Theory and Research Application in Nursing
Integration of theoretical and empirical elements of nursing research with emphasis on proposal development. Clinical Hours: 0 hours
Curriculum Development and Evaluation
Explore the nature of nursing education. Focus on the curriculum process and its application to nursing education programs.
Focus on application of computer technology that supports the dissemination of health care data, information and knowledge. Selected software packages/applications are presented and used.
Teaching/Learning Theories, Strategies, and Evaluation
Teaching/learning theories, strategies, and evaluations for educators.
Nursing Management in the Health Care Environment
Considers development of management and organizational theories as applied to health care organizations and their environment.
Roles and Functions of the Nurse Administrator (90 hours, location other than place of employment is preferred)
Examine and implement administrative and managerial roles in health care organizations. Prerequisite: NURS 5311; NURS 5328 or concurrent enrollment.
Management Seminar and Practice (90 preceptored hours required)
Synthesize management, organizational and leadership concepts and theories in selected healthcare settings.
Financial Management in Nursing (45 hours of clinical application required)
Analyze and apply financial management concepts to financial planning, budgeting, and reimbursement systems in health care.
Management of Nursing Operations (45 hours of clinical application required)
Examine strategic planning for health care systems.
Nursing Leadership and Complex Healthcare Systems
Analyze leadership strategies in current and predicted health care systems including dimensions of workforce and workplace issues, leadership, and evidence-based decision making.
Nursing and Healthcare Policy
Analyze historical, current, and predicted national, state, and local health care policy processes.
Role of the Nurse Educator
Investigation of the roles and functions of the nurse educator.
Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse Educators
This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology. Principles of advanced physiology and pathophysiology and are applied to disease processes.
Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Educators
Study of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for nurse educators. Prerequisite: NURS 5318
Advanced Assessment for Nurse Educators
Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan as applies to the nurse educator role. Prerequisites: NURS 5318, NURS 5319
Special Topics in Clinical Practice
Advanced clinical practice with selected targeted patient populations. Prerequisites: NURS 5318, 5319, 5326
Simulation Application in Nursing
Application of simulation and active learning strategies in nursing education. Prerequisites: 5309
Nursing Education Practicum
Nursing education preceptorship in selected health care sites with opportunities to apply clinical and educational knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of nursing education. Prerequisites: All program courses
Office of Admissions Requirements
- Complete online application and submit application fee
- Active, unencumbered RN license from the United States
- Two years of US-based clinical experience
- 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in all required general courses and previous nursing courses completed
- Individuals with English as a second language may have to complete the TOEFL exam
Submit official transcripts from any college or university you have attended to:
UT Arlington Admissions Office
Box 19114 Arlington, TX 76019-0114
Affordability You Can Count On
|Program||Program Price||Tuition Reduction||Cost to Student|
|General Courses||—||—||$168 per credit hour|
|RN-MSN - Nurse Educator||$27,507||-$8,007||$19,500 total|
|RN-MSN - Administration||$26,084||-$6,584||$19,500 total|
Note: Additional fees may apply and students may be required to complete additional non-nursing courses, which could increase the total cost of the program. University reserves the right to increase prices at any time.
The tuition deadline is the Friday (by 11:59 PM CT) before the course begins. If tuition is not paid before the deadline, you will be dropped from your course(s).
No late payments will be allowed and no reinstatement granted if you are dropped for non-payment. If you plan to use the UT Arlington website to make payment, please note that it may be down for maintenance on Sunday mornings. You may also contact Student Accounts at 817-272-2172 for additional information regarding payment.
All degrees are subject to application fees and graduation fees. Additional fees may apply.
$50 (Please note that the undergraduate application fee cannot be waived for Academic Partnership students.)
Application fee is non-refundable.
To read the Reactivation/Readmission policy, visit the Admission Requirements.
After completing the RN to MSN, you will receive your MSN. Along the way, once you meet the requirements, you'll also receive your BSN. Because of this, you will have two graduations. The graduation fees are listed below.
Graduation fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. The fee is billed to your MyMav account.
- Pay by course
Students wishing to drop a course and maintain no financial responsibility must do so by 11:59 PM CT before the first class day. The official class day begins at 12:00 AM CT.
The refund policy for sessions of five weeks or less is as follows:
- Before the first class day: 100 percent.
- First class day: 80 percent.
- Second class day: 50 percent.
- After the second class day: No refunds.
The refund policy for sessions greater than five weeks but less than 10 weeks is as follows:
- Before the first class day: 100 percent.
- First class day through the third class day: 80 percent.
- Fourth day through the sixth class day: 50 percent.
- After the sixth day: No refunds.
The refund policy for sessions ten weeks or greater is as follows:
- Before the first class day: 100 percent.
- First class day through the fifth class day: 80 percent.
- Sixth day through the tenth class day: 70 percent.
- Eleventh day through the fifteenth class day: 50 percent.
- Sixteenth day through the twentieth class day: 25 percent.
- After the twentieth day: No refunds.
The Academic Calendar indicates the deadlines to drop a course with a "W".
Cancellation for Non-Payment
If you are enrolled in more than one course and eligible for partial payment (AP BSN students only), but do not pay the balance, you will be dropped from all courses. If the amount you paid would cover the cost of one of the courses, you still will be dropped from all courses.
Additionally, if you enroll in and pay for a course or courses in one start date within a term, then subsequently enroll in another start date during the same term, and do not pay fully for that start, you will be cancelled from all classes for the term that have not yet been graded. Reinstatements will not be allowed unless there is documented university error.
“...I really liked about the program was the fact that I could be online, do the classes on my schedule...”
Graduate of UTA's Online RN to BSN Program