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.

Illinois RN to MSN Degree Programs

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Schools With RN to MSN Degrees in Illinois

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Programs:

  • Accelerated BSN to MSN
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Certificate
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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...

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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...

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

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...

Harrison College prides itself on truly knowing our students -- their lives and families, obstacles and motivations and their dreams and goals. We also know their potential -- that's why for more than 100 years, our mission has been to provide a supportive environment, with the expectation that their success also benefits their families, friends and communities. That's the Harrison Difference.

Programs:

  • RN to BSN
Locations: Terre Haute
  • 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)

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Programs:

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

Established in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent institution of higher learning in Peoria, Illinois. Inspired by our founder, notable philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, we pursue excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service; and we celebrate leadership, integrity, diversity and collaborative learning. Today, we offer an impressive array of more than 130 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs across five colleges and the Graduate School.

Programs:

  • Online Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (MSN to FNP)

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

Illinois Masters in Nursing Programs

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

Elmhurst College RN to MSN
190 South Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126-3096
(630) 279-4100

Governors State University RN to MSN
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484-0975
(708) 534-5000

Kaplan University RN to MSN
225 W Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 269-5594

McKendree College RN to MSN
701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254
(800) 232-7228

North Park University RN to MSN
3225 West Foster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
(800) 888-6728

Rush University Medical Center RN to MSN
1653 West Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60612-3833
(312) 942-6913

West Suburban College of Nursing RN to MSN
3 Erie Court
Oak Park, IL 60302-2519
(708) 763-6530

Illinois Board of Nursing

320 West Washington St
Springfield, IL 62786
Phone: (217) 785-0800



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



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