Program Highlights

  • Earn your degree in as little as 24 months at the accelerated program pace
  • Gain experience through 270 practice hours
  • Get the flexibility of online classes with on-the-go resources and mobile-friendly content
  • Student-centric approach to learning designed for your success
  • Access to comprehensive Career Services support beyond graduation
  • Competitive tuition with financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify

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RN-MSN - Advanced Generalist


Build on your RN experience and open yourself to all of the opportunities a Master of Science in Nursing degree can provide — with an online degree program designed to meet all of your needs.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for nurses is expected to increase by 7% between 2019 and 2029, faster than average for all occupations.1 Get an advantage with an advanced generalist master’s degree. An MSN-Advanced Generalist provides a solid foundation for more advanced nursing roles and job opportunities.

Graduates of the RN to MSN program will be prepared for a variety of expanded roles:

  • Staff Development
  • Nursing Research Positions
  • Nursing Leadership/Management
  • Academic Faculty Positions
  • Nursing Quality Improvement and Case Management
  • Project Management

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook,

Open the door to more advanced nursing opportunities. Our RN to MSN-Advanced Generalist program helps provide you the foundation you need to take on more advanced nursing roles in a variety of healthcare settings.

Our curriculum offers the online flexibility for candidates who are looking to pursue an advanced degree while working in their current position or balancing life responsibilities.

Get access to one-on-one support every step of your journey, from no-cost tutoring and writing center to a designated Student Success advisor.

The RN to MSN-Advanced Generalist curriculum includes coursework to help prepare you for teaching opportunities.

Why Do Students Choose WCU for their RN to MSN?

  • Choose a pace that works for you with Accelerated and Working Professional options
  • You can earn your degree in as little as 24 months at the accelerated program pace
  • Our streamlined curriculum allows for up to 90 transfer credit hours
  • 270 hours of practice experience
  • Student-centric approach to learning
  • 24-hour access to library and courses

Support Beyond Graduation

West Coast University supports its students beyond the last day of classes. We are committed to helping our graduates throughout their careers.

Our Career Services Department provides ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our online RN to MSN students and graduates. We partner with industry professionals to enhance our students’ prospects for securing employment and achieving professional success.

WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

Learning Outcomes

The core courses and directed practicum offer expanded study in the healthcare areas of advocacy, program management, education, clinical practice, research, and health policy formulation.

The RN to MSN learning program outcome is committed to the development of the nursing professional who can:

  1. Integrate the various sciences from nursing and such other fields as physiology, statistics, psychosocial, political, financial, genetics, public health and the organizations sciences in the continued improvement of nursing across the continuum of various health care settings.
  2. Provide leadership in a variety of settings that promote high quality safe patient care that also incorporates ethical decision making and effective working relationships across a variety of disciplines.
  3. Demonstrate the skills needed to affect quality improvement that incorporates the various models, standards and performance measures necessary to apply quality principles, within any type of organization.
  4. Apply evidenced based research in clinical practice by identifying actual or potential practice problems in a setting and resolving them through the role of change agent.
  5. Demonstrates proficiency in computer skills both technical and in the application of informatics to enhance, deliver, communicate and integrate and coordinate patient care.
  6. Recognize the need for and ability to affect policy changes by using the policy development process and advocacy strategies to influence health and health care.
  7. Communicate and coordinate with a variety of health professionals in a variety of settings to manage and coordinate care.
  8. Identify and integrate the various evidenced based practices of health promotion and disease prevention using client centered, culturally and age-appropriate concepts in the nursing process of services to individuals, families and broad-based aggregate populations.
  9. Demonstrate an advanced level of nursing and relevant sciences and the ability to integrate that knowledge into nursing practice that influences health care outcomes for individual, families, populations or systems.

Admissions Requirement

Applicants for the online RN to MSN program must satisfy these requirements:

  1. Submit a non-refundable application fee to cover administrative cost of processing application.
  2. Provide proof of a current unobstructed Registered Nurse (RN) license from the United States.
    1. Applicants awaiting their licensure exam may be admitted if they meet all other admissions criteria but must show proof of licensure prior to entering the third trimester of the program.**
  3. Submit official transcripts from a Board of nursing licensed Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing program;
    1. Applicants can be conditionally admitted into the first week of the program by providing unofficial transcripts or a copy of the conferred nursing degree. Official transcripts which meet the requirements set forth must be received by the end of the add/drop period in order to be admitted into the program.
    2. Applicants with a valid license may be admitted with approved documentation of earned high school degree or equivalent pending receipt of official transcripts of the nursing degree. Official transcripts must be submitted to document program completion.
  4. Have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 from the student’s Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing program.
    1. Applicants with a CGPA of 2.7 to 2.99 may be admitted on probation, but must achieve a cumulative B (3.0) or better within their first trimester.
  5. Applicants submitting non-U.S. or non-English transcripts should refer to the International Admissions section of the catalog.
  6. One year of direct patient care nursing experience within the past five years in preferred.

*All students must have a current and unobstructed license in the United States prior to entering the third trimester of the program; an unobstructed license is required for degree completion and will be verified again prior to entering the practicum course. Failure to present a valid RN license will result in dismissal from the university until such time license is current and unobstructed.

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Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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