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Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing Online

36 Months

5-10 Week Courses

About the Program

"For the RN to MSN Nurse Educator Path: Residents of these states are not eligible to enroll in this UTA accelerated online program: Alabama, Alaska, Louisiana, New York, North Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, and Wyoming. Students residing in these states who are currently enrolled in the program may continue without interruption.

For the RN to MSN Administration Path: Residents of these states are not eligible to enroll in this UTA accelerated online program: Louisiana, New York, North Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, and Wyoming. Students residing in these states who are currently enrolled in the program may continue without interruption."

UTA's RN to MSN accelerated online 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

Program Benefits:

  • 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.

UTA'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.

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Textbook List (.PDF)

Accreditation Information

The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, Master’s Degree in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Post-Graduate APRN Certificate at the University of Texas at Arlington are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
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Washington, DC 20036
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*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.

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Online Courses

Students in UTA's accelerated online program 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.

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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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Intended to develop an understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of art in its many forms. Recommended as a fine arts elective for non-art majors.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The principles and organization of American state, county, and municipal government, together with current problems and the constitution and government of Texas.

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The fundamental methods and content of scientific psychology. Concentration on the understanding of basic principles.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Human development and growth from conception through old age, concerned with the physical, behavioral, and social aspects.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

NURS 3345 must be completed before enrolling in additional nursing courses.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction of concepts and issues related to the holistic care of older adults and the impact on society and healthcare. An application-based practice experience is required and can be completed in the community.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Health promotion for individuals and families. Opportunities to gain knowledge about primary prevention in healthcare. 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.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course addresses health policy, legislative and political concerns, nurse practice act, legal and ethical aspects that impact the practice of professional nursing in contemporary healthcare.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.)

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Exploration of organizational strategies, leadership theories and societal trends with implications for decision making in healthcare. 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.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Integrates knowledge from nursing theory and public health science in assessing healthcare needs of aggregates, communities, and society for the Registered Nurse. An application-based practice experience is required and can be completed in the community.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 6

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.

A transition form is required before starting MSN courses.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Integration of theoretical and empirical principles of nursing research to generate evidence for nursing practice.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A critical examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing science.

Duration: 10 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on preparation to implement an evidence-based change in practice.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explore the nature of nursing education. Focus on the curriculum process and its application to nursing education programs.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focus on application of computer technology that supports the dissemination of healthcare data, information and knowledge. Selected software packages/applications are presented and used.

Duration: 10 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Teaching/learning theories, strategies, and evaluations for educators.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Considers development of management and organizational theories as applied to healthcare organizations and their environment.

Duration: 10 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examine and implement administrative and managerial roles in healthcare organizations. Prerequisite: NURS 5311; NURS 5328 or concurrent enrollment.

Duration: 10 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Synthesize management, organizational and leadership concepts and theories in selected healthcare settings.

Duration: 10 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Analyze and apply financial management concepts to financial planning, budgeting, and reimbursement systems in healthcare.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examine strategic planning for healthcare systems.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Analyze leadership strategies in current and predicted healthcare systems including dimensions of workforce and workplace issues, leadership, and evidence-based decision making.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Analyze historical, current, and predicted national, state, and local healthcare policy processes.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Investigation of the roles and functions of the nurse educator.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology. Principles of advanced physiology and pathophysiology and are applied to disease processes.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for nurse educators. Prerequisite: NURS 5318

Duration: 10 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Advanced clinical practice with selected targeted patient populations. Prerequisites: NURS 5318, 5319, 5326

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Application of simulation and active learning strategies in nursing education. Prerequisites: 5309

Duration: 10 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Nursing education preceptorship in selected healthcare sites with opportunities to apply clinical and educational knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of nursing education. Prerequisites: All program courses

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Admissions

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 completed
  • TOEFL or TSI might apply

Submit official transcripts from any college or university you have attended to:

UTA Admissions Office
Box 19114 Arlington, TX 76019-0114

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Costs

Affordability You Can Count On at UTA

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.

 

Tuition Guarantee

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).

Starting Fall 2017, the accelerated online programs have new registration deadlines, please visit this updated Registration and Payment information for Accelerated Online Programs.

If you plan to use the UTA website to make payment, please note that it may be down for maintenance at any time. You may also contact Student Accounts at 817.272.2172 for additional information regarding payment.

Fees

All degrees are subject to application fees and graduation fees. Additional fees may apply.

Application Fees

$60 (Please note that the undergraduate application fee cannot be waived for Academic Partnerships students.)

Application fee is non-refundable.

Reactivation Fees

To read the Reactivation/Readmission policy, visit the Admission Requirements.

Graduation Fees

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.

Undergraduate: $40

Graduate: $40

Graduation fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. The fee is billed to your MyMav account.

Payment Options

  • Pay by course

Refund Policy

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 10 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.

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Student Profiles


“...I really liked about the program was the fact that I could be online, do the classes on my schedule...”

Roberta Deutsch

Graduate of UTA's Online RN to BSN Program

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