Earn your RN to MSN online

Are you a registered nurse with a nursing diploma or an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)? Franklin’s RN to MSN is a streamlined admission path that quickly gets you on track to earning your M.S. in Nursing (MSN). Not only will Franklin’s direct route to an MSN save you time and money, our hassle-free admission process makes it easy to get started. 

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Earn your degree and prepare for advancement faster.


The master's degree program in nursing at Franklin University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Qualify in 12 Weeks

Finish your bridge course and be on your way to your MSN.

Online Coursework

Balance earning your degree with other work-life commitments.

Contemporary Curriculum

Evaluate and study trending nursing topics throughout the program.

Learn from the Best

Benefit from the experience of your instructors – seasoned, in-field practitioners.

RN to MSN Program Overview

Grow your nursing knowledge to improve the healthcare experience

As a prerequisite to admission in the M.S. in Nursing (MSN) program - which includes the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track, Family Nurse Practitioner track, the Generalist track or the Nurse Administrator track - you’ll learn the standards expected from a nurse as they relate to professionalism, research and theory to impact practice; leadership roles in quality improvement and information management; healthcare policy and regulation; and healthcare principles for individuals, groups and communities.

Earn an accredited master's in nursing degree

The master's degree program in nursing at Franklin University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). 

Earn your MSN degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your MSN on your terms by taking classes 100% online. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today.

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CCNE Accredited Nursing Programs

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs at Franklin University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Your Best Value RN-MSN

Choose Franklin’s accelerated RN-MSN admission pathway and you’ll get more for your money while you make the most of your time. Qualify for the MSN in 12 weeks for less than $1,200.  

*Source: Internal research of leading programs (May 2022)
**Source: Franklin University, Office of Career Development Student Satisfaction Survey (Fall 2021)

RN to MSN Curriculum

You’ll complete a 12-week online bridge course as your gateway to the M.S. in Nursing (MSN) program. Completing the course with a B or better is required for admission. 

Bridge Course
NURS 500 - Essentials of Professional Nursing (4)
This course provides essential foundations of professional nursing practice, as a bridge to the MSN program. Emphasis is placed on scholarship for evidence-based practice, communication and collaboration, and professionalism. The role of the nurse leader in applying theory to practice for quality improvement, information management, and clinical prevention and population health is explored. Course discussion includes the impact of health care policy and finance on healthcare systems and patient outcomes.



Available MSN Options

Designed to meet the demands of busy registered nurses, Franklin’s M.S. in Nursing (MSN) program enables you to gain the relevant knowledge to advance your career in a flexible, online format that works with your schedule. 

M.S. in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN-AGPCNP)

Assume a leadership role in patient care with the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - AGPCNP that lets you specialize in the well-being of adolescents and older adults.

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M.S. in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)

Manage the care of individuals and families within a primary care setting. Franklin’s 27-month M.S. in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) track blends online coursework with on-site clinicals to equip you to sit for certification exams.

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M.S. in Nursing - Generalist (MSN-Generalist)

Excel in a variety of healthcare or education settings with Franklin’s M.S. in Nursing - Generalist (MSN) track. The MSN-Generalist prepares you for leadership roles, advanced practice or nursing education. Complete your degree in as few as 18 months.

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M.S. in Nursing - Nurse Administrator (MSN-ADM)

Lead strategic change and manage teams with Franklin’s M.S. in Nursing-Nurse Administrator track (MSN-ADM). The MSN-ADM prepares you for leadership roles or nursing education. Complete your degree in as few as 16 months.

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M.S. in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN-PMHNP)

Take a wellness-based and holistic approach to mental healthcare while also providing integrated care for mental illness in primary care settings with the MSN-PMHNP. 

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