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Master's Degree

Accelerated RN to MSN


Jul 8th

20-28 Mo.

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Master's Degree

Accelerated RN to MSN

Find your MSN career path with Herzing University

AccreditationCCNE accredited,1 Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Program lengthAs few as 20 months, depending on 你选择的学位途径 - and no wait list!
ClinicalsWe pledge your clinical placement
Format100% online classes with a hands-on clinical component
QuickPaths从护理专业的ADN转到MSN, or earn your 护理学理学士 along the way in our RN to BSN to MSN track
Nurse Practitioner Who Went From RN to MSN Online Smiling with Patient
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Overview: Accelerated RN to MSN Online Program 

The Accelerated RN to MSN program is a graduate-level pathway with multiple specialty options which prepares associate degree RNs for a variety of advanced nursing careers.

The online degree program provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills in advanced leadership and management, 社区和公共卫生护理, nursing informatics, health policy, and much more.


Discover the crucial knowledge and skills required to succeed in your work and build a foundation for continued career growth.

Flexible schedule

We work hard to help you maintain school-life balance, striving to be as flexible as possible for busy non-traditional students.

Virtual services

获得广泛的虚拟服务, 包括学术建议, tutoring, support services, technical support and library services.

Lifelong support

We support your ongoing career advancement by providing comprehensive, personalized student services with lifelong career coaching.

Rolling admissions

No application deadlines to worry about. Apply when you’re ready and prepare to get started soon.


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Herzing University's RN to MSN Specialties

急症护理执业护士 with Patient on Gurney

Specialize in the delivery of acute and chronic care as an AGACNP.

急症护理执业护士 in Busy Hospital

Focus your study in the adult population and become an AGPCNP.

Family nurse practitioner high fiving pediatric patient

Specialize in family practice and 成为一名执业护士.

Herzing nurse educator instructing on reading vital signs

Instruct the nurses of tomorrow as a nurse educator.

Nurse administrator reviewing patient data with physician

Make your mark in nursing as a leader or administrator.

Pediatric nurse practitioner smiling with child patient

Specialize in the pediatric population as a nurse practitioner.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Consulting with Patient

Join a true profession of the heart as a PMHNP.

Public Health Nursing Team Smiling in Clinic Office

Become a population health advocate and decision-maker.

Women's health nurse practitioner referencing test results with patient

Focus your practice in women's health as a WHNP.

Choose your path to earn an MSN


Earn your BSN on the way from RN to MSN and graduate with your MSN.

  • Curriculum built to help you earn a BSN and MSN faster
  • How long? 28-32 total months on average, depending on specialty
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree that is preferred by some employers
  • Choose the MSN specialty that's right for you
Accelerated RN to MSN

Bridge directly from an ADN to MSN in the Herzing Accelerated RN to MSN program.

  • Curriculum built to accelerate your MSN completion
  • How long? As few as 20-28 months, depending on specialty
  • Ideal for nurses who are not required by their employer to hold a BSN
  • Choose the MSN specialty that's right for you


We understand securing clinical placement as part of an MSN degree program is one of the biggest concerns students face. At Herzing, we offer guidance and support through our step-by-step Clinical Guidance Process to ensure you can get the clinical practice experiences you need.

As a Herzing student, we’ll encourage you to find your own preceptor and clinical sites as there are many benefits to doing so. However, we provide extensive support should you find difficulty along the way. With Herzing, you are never on your own.

Because of our strong relationships with healthcare providers across the U.S. and our comprehensive Clinical Guidance Process, we are confident in our ability to help you find clinical placement. So much so that if you are unable to find a clinical site on your own, we pledge to step in and help you secure clinical placement.*

* Subject to terms and conditions outlined in the enrollment documents.

Classes Start July 8th

Waived Enrollment Fee


RN to MSN program enrollment prerequisites

Enrollment requirements are consistent regardless of your specialty or whether you choose the accelerated RN to MSN or RN to BSN to MSN track. 先决条件包括:

  • Live in a state where Herzing University is authorized to offer the RN to MSN programi
  • Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the same state in which they practice
  • Hold an associate degree (ADN/ASN/AASN) in nursing from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Participate in an interview to identify your goals and if the RN to MSN will work for you

i. Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, 犹他州(除PMHNP外的所有专业), Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

  • Pathways to Success

    Many of our online programs offer pathways for continued learning, which allow you to move from one degree, 比如副学士学位, 获得学士学位, to a master’s degree.

  • 灵活方便

    Earn your degree from the comfort of your own home. There are no designated times you must be online. You can log into your virtual classroom when it’s convenient for you.

  • 个性化的关注

    At Herzing, being online does not mean being alone.You’ll receive the same personalized attention and career-focused education that we offer in our traditional classroom.

  • 网上和/或校内

    两全其美. Some of our degree programs are offered exclusively online and some programs are offered as a combination of both campus and online classes.


Frequently Asked Questions

Earning an MSN can open several doors to take your nursing career to the next level.

You might choose to 成为一名执业护士. There are many 执业护士的种类 with unique specialties you can consider pursuing. Herzing University offers multiple concentrations for current RNs seeking the next step up to nurse practitioner. View all of our 在线执业护士课程.

Career opportunities in nursing also exist in nursing leadership, administration and education. By earning an 护理教育硕士 you may qualify to teach nursing in clinical and/or academic settings. An MSN in 护理领导与管理 helps you develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a decision maker, potentially qualifying for roles as a manager, director or executive.

There are many paths to reaching upper-level roles in nursing, and we exist to help you become qualified for them.

After earning a master’s degree you may pursue further nursing credentials in a post-master’s certificate in nursing program. Herzing offers multiple certificate options with concentrations in:

After earning master's-level preparation in the specialty of your choosing, you can then advance to the doctorate level by enrolling in our online 邮政硕士DNP幸运28计划.

Earning an MSN or DNP represents a huge step forward in your education, 但总有更多的东西需要学习. We are your lifelong partner in learning, dedicated to helping you earn the education needed to reach your highest career goals.


In the past, there were separate designations for Adult Nurse Practitioners (ANP) and Geriatric Nurse Practitioners (GNP). Now the two roles have been combined into Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP). The knowledge and skills developed in an MSN-AGNP program will best prepare you to work with geriatric/elderly patients.

Graduating with an MSN and becoming board certified as a primary care nurse practitioner (AGPCNP-BC) will qualify you to practice as an NP and pursue a geriatric specialty.

Nurse practitioners have an expanded scope of practice compared to registered nurses. 除了注册护士的职责, nurse practitioners may also write prescriptions, order lab tests, diagnose illnesses, and more (although specifics vary by state). NPs have greater autonomy in delivering patient care, and for that reason, 学历要求更高. 

Learn more about how to go from RN to nurse practitioner.

There are two types of general NPs: Adult Gerontology 初级保健执业护士s (AGPCNPs) and 家庭执业护士(FNP). Both NPs provide ongoing health counseling, prevention and management for their patients.

The primary difference is the patient population they care for: FNPs practice across the lifespan in family practice, including pediatric, adult, and geriatric care. AGNPs work only with adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.

If you are open to working with children you may choose the FNP path, while those who prefer to work with adults only may choose the AGNP path.

Earning potential can vary widely depending on your career path. Pay will depend on your depth of experience, degree level earned, your state of employment and the specific roles and responsibilities in the position.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)*:

Earning an MSN with Herzing University can take anywhere from 16-32 months. Program length can vary depending on your current education, 你选择的学位途径, 不管你是兼职还是全职, 和MSN浓度.


  • Nurse Practitioner program options (AGACNP, AGPCNP, FNP, PNP, PMHNP, WHNP): 24-32 months
  • Nursing Education, 护理领导与管理, and Public Health programs: 16-28 months
  • MSN直接进入程序:20个月

There are several potential advantages to earning a master’s degree:

  • 你在病人护理中的角色. Earning an MSN can help you specialize in the type of patient care you are most passionate about – or transition away from primarily patient care as an RN into roles in leadership, 行政或教育.
  • Earning potential. Moving up the career ladder beyond registered nurse can open up opportunities to specialize your expertise, get better at what you do and increase your pay.
  • 获得更多工作的资格. You never know when that dream job opens up and starts taking applicants. With an MSN, you’ll have an even stronger resume to bring to the table for your next big job interview.
  • Open doors to further advanced education. By earning your MSN you may potentially consider a Doctorate in Nursing (DNP) or post-master’s certificate programs in other concentrations to continue expanding your education and nursing credentials.

This mother-daughter duo graduated from Herzing University with their nursing degrees. 

Loretta和Kiara Hill

Loretta Hill & Kiara Hill

Nursing Program

Birmingham Campus


Accreditation & Disclosures

1. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Herzing University - Madison are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. 教育部.

View Herzing University Accreditation and Approvals

*美国劳工统计局(BLS).S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics 2022 / Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, 包括之前的经验, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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