Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)

Returning to our Roots:

Between 1908 and 1929 NCU constructed and operated the Pacific Christian Hospital (known today as PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center).

Don’t lose your momentum. Reach your career goals faster with Northwest Christian University’s online RN to MSN track which allows RNs to complete a bachelor and master’s degree in nursing in less time and at a lower cost than earning each degree separately.

The online RN to MSN track is perfect for RNs who know they want to complete their master’s degree. Students are admitted to the MSN program and upon completion of 9 bachelor-level courses (27 credits) will seamlessly be enrolled into master-level courses. Upon completion of all bachelor and master’s level coursework, you will receive both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing.

For more information on the MSN program and available concentrations, click here.

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Program format

This program can be completed entirely online allowing busy working adults to maintain a healthy work, life, and school balance. This program is designed to allow you to study anytime from anywhere, providing you the flexibility to arrange your studies around your own schedule. With multiple starts a year, you can start your program when it’s convenient for you!

Already have a bachelor’s degree?

If you currently have your RN license and have already completed your bachelor’s degree (outside of nursing), then NCU’s RN to MSN bridge may be the perfect fit for you! The RN to MSN bridge is for RNs who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing and wish to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. NOTE: A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is not awarded upon completion of the bridge program.


  • 30+ years experience educating busy, working adults.
  • Coursework delivered 100% online.
  • Project-based practice experiences.
  • Program prepares students for graduate education.
  • Business Partnership Scholarships available for tuition assistance.

Transfer Credits

Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred. Our free Transfer Evaluation can help you understand how many credits will transfer to NCU. For more information regarding transfer credits, click here.

Admission Process

To be considered for admission into the RN to MSN track, the following items are required:

  • An application for admission (NCU does not charge an application fee)
  • Official transcript(s) from all college/universities attended (a minimum transferable GPA of 3.0 is required)
  • An active, unencumbered RN license.


What if I do not meet the Admission Requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement may be considered by the Admissions Committee for conditional admission on a case-by-case basis. Additional documentation may be required. Please speak with your Enrollment Advisor for more details.

Tuition and Financial Aid


BSN Tuition Rate: $485/credit

MSN Tuition Rate: $525/credit

At NCU, we know financial aid inside and out and can help you apply for and receive the best financial aid package available. For more information regarding financial aid, click here.

Program Objectives

Courses within the BSN Program

Courses within the MSN Program



State Authorization

Program Director: Linda Veltri, Ph.D., RN

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
MSN Gonzaga University
BSN Whitworth College
BA Whitworth College

Dr. Veltri arrived at NCU in 2016. She teaches within the RN to BSN and MSN programs and serves as the Director of Nursing. She completed her bachelor of science in nursing at Whitworth College in 1996. Her area of clinical expertise is maternal-newborn nursing …

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