Master of Science inNursing

RN-B to MSN Program

The RN-B to MSN program is designed to allow registered nurses with a previous non-nursing bachelor’s or higher degree to earn the MSN degree; this program does not confer the BSN degree. It's a faster, more direct way for nurses who already have a bachelor's degree to acquire a master's degree without first completing the BSN. The sequence of study recognizes the academic success of the non-nursing graduate and RN licensure as groundwork for graduate study. The RN-B to MSN program is clinically and academically intensive to assure the student of adequate development in an advanced practice nursing role. A limited number of candidates is admitted each year and admission is competitive.

Because RN-B to MSN candidates do not complete the BSN, admission is part of our Entry-Level Master's (ELM) program and RN-B to MSN applicants must meet all admission and progression requirements set by the ELM program.

Care and Outcomes Manager (COM) Concentration, Advanced Generalist Focus

As with the ELM program, RN-B to MSN students apply for admission into the care and outcomes manager (COM) advanced generalist program only.   Enrollment in any other MSN concentration (for example, family nurse practitioner) or any other focus area (for example, clinical nurse leader) is neither implied nor guaranteed at the time of admission. When space allows, RN-B to MSN students may to apply to be considered for selection into other clinical concentrations or focus areas. Students who do not apply for, or are not selected for, participation in an alternative focus area or concentration remain in the COM-Advanced Generalist MSN program. Students admitted to other concentrations or focus areas incur additional tuition and may lengthen their program of study.

For more information on MSN Care and Outcomes Manager roles, click here.

Program Length and Term of Entry

15 months, not including the pre-requisite course work . A minimum of 33 credits are required for the RN-B to MSN program; students may opt for a role specialization by completing one or more specific courses. While the common MSN core curriculum is offered on a set schedule, the timing of focus area coursework differs. Students will be presented a program plan outlining their individual program of study at the time of admission. To assist you with planning, please note the following information about typical start-times and program length:

  • Summer start (mid-June): RN-B to MSN Care and Outcomes Manager focus area. This program runs over five terms: Summer, Fall, January, Spring, and Summer. The application priority deadline is November 15.

Program Schedule--Designed for the working RN

The RN-B to MSN program is designed for the working nurse, with most working on average a 0.5-0.8 FTE while enrolled in this traditional, on-campus program. Classes are typically Thursday evenings and all day Fridays, plus additional hours for practicums. None of the classes are offered online. Clinical experiences are typically during the day or evening shift, depending on preceptorship requirements (which are heavier toward the end of the program).


  • Please click here to see the RN-B to MSN COM curriculum and course descriptions.


  • Please click here to see RN-B to MSN COM tuition and expected fees.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Please click here to see scholarship and financial aid opportunities for MSN COM applicants.

Questions? Contact Us

Office of Admission, Graduate Programs
Phone: (253) 535-8570

PLU School of Nursing
Phone: (253) 535-7672

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