RN to MSN Bridge

bridge the gap

Northwest Christian University’s RN to MSN bridge program is for Registered Nurses who have a Bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing and wish to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.

Students are admitted to the MSN program and upon completion of five ‘bachelor level bridge’ courses (15 credits) will seamlessly be enrolled into master level courses. The bridge courses prepare students with foundational knowledge needed for graduate level coursework.

In this program, you’ll learn from experienced nurse educators who are experts in their field. Choose from two concentrations:

  • Nurse Leadership in Health Sytems
  • Nursing Education


NOTE: A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is not awarded upon completion of the five bridge courses.


Your Degree

Nurse Leadership in Health Systems

The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in Nurse Leadership in Health Systems will prepare you with advanced leadership, systems and critical thinking, and communication knowledge and skills necessary to influence delivery of safe, high quality, evidence-based nursing practice across the continuum of care. Graduates will be prepared to pursue certification as a nurse leader and continued study at the doctorate level.

Nursing Education

The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in Nursing Education prepares you to teach in an academic or clinical practice setting. Coursework focuses on foundations of instructional methods, assessment, theories, and curriculum development.

The Nurse Educator concentration includes a teaching practicum to strengthen critical thinking skills and place theory into practice. During the teaching practicum, you have the opportunity to place educational theories into practice in a supervised setting. You will design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive, evidence-based teaching and learning project for patients and families, student nurses, staff nurses, or other direct-care providers.

Don’t Have a Bachelor’s Degree?

If you currently have an RN license but no bachelor’s degree then NCU’s RN to MSN track may be the perfect fit for you! NCU’s online RN to MSN track allows RNs to complete both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in less time, and at a lower cost than earning each degree separately.

NCU also offers an online RN to BSN program.

Program Format

The RN to MSN bridge 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 start dates a year, you can start your program when it’s convenient for you!


  • 30+ years experience educating working adults
  • Flexible, 100% online accredited program
  • A supportive academic environment that puts students first
  • Program prepares students for graduate education
  • Project-based practice experiences completed in your local community



Bridge Tuition Rate: $485/credit

MSN Tuition Rate: $525/credit

Financial Aid Information

At NCU, we know financial aid inside and out and can help you apply for and receive the best financial aid package available.

Veteran Benefit Information

NCU is approved by the Oregon Department of Education and the Department of Veteran Affairs for educating students who are eligible for VA educational benefits. You can begin receiving your educational benefits in just a few, simple steps!


Northwest Christian University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Northwest Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).





Bridge Coursework

Courses within the MSN Program

Enrollment Process


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

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