National directory of 160 RN to MSN programs

Current nurses can advance their careers by earning their MSN degree


Find accredited RN to MSN programs to earn your Master's degree in nursing

MSN Degree Benefits


An individual who holds a Master's level degree in nursing has a wide range of employment opportunities available to them. Having your MSN degree allows you to go beyond typical nursing duties and perform managerial roles and hold administrative positions. Nurses with their Master's degree can also expect higher average salaries throughout their careers. Having an MSN also gives a competitive advantage over other less qualified applicants. Nurses with Master's level education can also pursue various nurse practitioner programs which offer the ability to provide highly specialized health care services.

Types of RN to MSN Programs


There are a few different kinds of RN to MSN nursing programs available. The programs listed on this page are mainly classroom-based, but many schools also offer online RN to MSN programs where students can learn at their own pace. Some online programs are completed entirely online and others include in-person support or some minimal classroom attendance requirement. There are also accelerated RN to MSN programs for students who wish to complete their MSN degree as quickly as possible. This type of program is ideal for working professionals who want to minimize lost income.

California RN to MSN Degree Programs

Earn your MSN degree in California
with an accredited RN to MSN program

Schools With RN to MSN Degrees in California

Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

You need to have a Bachelor’s degree and RN license to be qualified for this school.

Programs:

  • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • There's still time to apply to Grand Canyon University and pursue your education. Learn more today!
  • Study on your schedule - GCU offers many programs 100% online to fit your busy lifestyle.
  • GCU offers a variety of opportunities to reduce the cost of furthering your education. Campus students may qualify for scholarships, while online students can take part in limited special offers.
  • A regionally accredited university, GCU also holds specialized accreditations and approvals for some of our core program offerings.
  • Degrees in business, education, nursing, humanities and social sciences, theology and more. Find the degree that fits you.
  • Talk to us today to learn more about financial aid and start dates!

Programs:

  • M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge)
  • M.S. in Nursing: Health Care Informatics (Bridge)
  • M.S. in Nursing: Public Health (Bridge)
  • And more...

Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

Programs:

  • Specialization in Nursing Informatics (RN to MSN)
  • Specialization in Nurse Administrator (RN-MSN)
  • Specialization in Nurse Educator (RN to MSN)
  • And more...

Wilkes University’s School of Nursing offers CCNE-accredited online degrees and certificate programs ideal for working health care professionals, instructed by experienced, respected faculty dedicated to mentoring and personalized support for every student. Our nursing degrees offer the cutting-edge professional knowledge and skills needed in today’s dynamic, evolving health care industry.

Programs:

  • RN to MS - Nursing Education
  • RN to MS - Nurse Executive
  • M.S. with Major in Nursing - Nursing Education
  • BSN completion program for Registered Nurses is available entirely online.
  • The RN to BSN program is designed to help students advance their career, or prepare for post-graduate opportunities.
  • Courses teach modern health assessment and treatment methods, how to evaluate potential disease or injury, and more.
  • Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Flexible, online RN-BSN and MSN programs available
  • RN-BSN program is designed to help registered nurses earn their bachelor’s in as little as 9 months
  • Courses designed to expand on student’s prior knowledge and enhance their patient care skills

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education

The University

With over 80 years of academic achievements, Jacksonville University is a traditional, longstanding institution consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best colleges.

Programs:

  • RN to MSN in Clinical Nurse Educator
  • RN to MSN in Leadership in Healthcare Systems
  • RN to MSN Informatics Specialization
  • And more...

Do you want to start working toward a career that actually makes you excited? If so, an education from West Coast University (WCU) could be the perfect choice for you! This accredited, private University has a history that dates back over 100 years. Today, WCU offers health care degrees that will help prepare you and educate you on the current trends and issues within the health industry.

Programs:

  • RN to BSN (Online)

100% Online & No Standardized Testing

We are committed to helping you achieve your goals and complete your degree as quickly as possible.

Programs:

  • BS in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Founded more than 130 years ago by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne has grown to become one of the nation's top Catholic universities. The school’s mission is to provide a well-rounded education that challenges students academically while nourishing their spiritual and ethical development. Today, Duquesne is home to 10 schools of study and serves more than 10,000 students.

Programs:

  • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice

California Masters in Nursing Programs

List of local colleges and universities in
California that offer transitional RN to
MSN nursing degree programs:

Azusa Pacific University RN to MSN
5353 Mission Center Rd
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 718-9655

California State University-Fresno RN to MSN
2743 E Shaw Ave
Fresno, CA 93710
(559) 294-2045

California State University-Fullerton RN to MSN
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831
(657) 278-2011

California State University-Los Angeles RN to MSN
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 343-3000

Dominican University of California RN to MSN
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA
(415) 457-4440

Loma Linda University RN to MSN
24851 Circle Dr
Loma Linda, CA
(909) 558-4000

Mount Saint Mary’s College RN to MSN
12001 Chalon Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1599
(310) 954-4000

Point Loma Nazarene University RN to MSN
3900 Lomaland Drive
San Diego, CA
(619) 849-2200

University of San Diego RN to MSN
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA
(619) 260-4600

University of San Francisco RN to MSN
2601 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(800) 433-3243

Western University of Health Sciences RN to MSN
309 East Second Street
Pomona, CA
(909) 623-6116

California Board of Nursing

1625 N Market Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: (916) 322-3350



Online RN to MSN Programs


Chamberlain College of Nursing
Drexel University
Gonzaga University
Graceland University
Kaplan University Online
South University
Walden University Online
Western Governors University



National Directory of Accredited RN to MSN Programs