Online Nursing (RN to MSN): Robert Morris University Online Nursing (RN to MSN) | Robert Morris University


Without the experience that I received from Robert Morris in the M.S.N. program I feel that I would not have been adequately prepared to perform in my job. Robert Morris was one of the best decisions I have ever made! — Ashlee Shields M.S.N.'10, RN, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

RMU's fully online RN to MSN are convenient, cost-effective programs that prepares practicing nurses for the role of a nurse educator in clinical, community, or academic settings.

Designed for associate degree or diploma school graduates who would like to move ahead in the health care field, the online RN to BSN degree can be completed part-time in as little as two years, and the RN to MSN degree can be completed part-time in as little as three years. For students enrolled in the RN to MSN program, graduates will earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in nursing.

This CCNE-accredited program, which was designed by nurses for nurses, doesn't make you relearn what you already know. We help you build upon your nursing expertise through convenient online coursework that still provides the type of personal, individualized attention you've come to expect from RMU.

Be something more – through RMU's online nursing degrees.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 412-397-5200 or email

SuperScholar, an online education and career information website, selected Robert Morris University for its first annual “Smart Choice” ranking of the top 25 schools for online nursing degrees.

More about the School of Nursing and Health Sciences



  • Minimum nursing program GPA of 2.5 is preferred. If the GPA is below 2.5, the applicant may be given the option of participating in an interview for admission consideration 
  • All post-high school transcripts
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse

In addition to the nursing shortage, a national shortage of nursing faculty exists. In a recent survey of nursing programs, more than one-third of the schools cited faculty shortages as the reason for turning away qualified students. There is a tremendous need to develop strong nursing educators to resolve this faculty shortage and to provide educational programs in hospitals and communities. This rewarding and exciting career provides the opportunity to shape the future of nursing.

Information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers:
By type of employer Average Salary By job function Average Salary
Educational Services $45,000 Medical Technology $39,540
Government (Federal) $50,600 Military $50,467
Healthcare Services (Nonprofit) $53,861 Registered Nurse $46,771
Healthcare Services (Profit) $48,694 Other Health Related $53,667
Hospitals $45,151    
2009 RMU Survey Salary BSN Range$30,000 - $45,000 Mean $40,000
  MSN Range$45,000 - $70,000 Mean $59,500


*Anatomy & Physiology I

*Anatomy & Physiology I Lab

College Reading and Writing Strategies or  
Intercultural Communication Strategies

Argument and Research Strategies

Speaking Strategies

Professional Communication Strategies

Survey of Economics

History Elective or
Political Science Elective

Humanities: Art and Music

Health Care Information Systems***

Literature Elective

General Psychology

Principles of Sociology



BSN – 14 Credits
Anatomy & Physiology II

Anatomy & Physiology II Lab


Microbiology Lab

Health Care Financial Administration

Human Growth and Development

MSN – 9 Credits
Theories of Learning and Instruction

Curriculum Design and Assessment

Foundations of Online Teaching/LeaIntro Theory/Practice Online

MAJOR—40 Credits

BSN – 15 Credits
*Health Promotion/Assessment

*Community Health Promotion and Assessment

*Quality and Safety

*Genetics and Genomics

*Leadership for Advanced Practice

  MSN – 25 Credits
Legal and Ethical Issues***

Research for Advanced Nursing Roles***

Pharmacology for Nurse Educators

Clinical Focus Seminar and Practicum

Nursing  Education: Classroom Teaching

Nursing Education: Clinical Teaching

Health Policy and Economics

Applied Statistics

The career outlook for nurses has never been better. With a nationwide nursing shortage and an aging population, qualified nurses have their choice of well-paying jobs. There are currently over 100,000 vacant nursing positions in the U.S., and that number is predicted to grow.
The School of Nursing and Health Sciences faculty is committed to providing opportunities for you to be fully engaged in your nursing program. Our high quality, practicing faculty members are acutely aware of the current healthcare environment and can provide expert guidance in navigating through the changing milieu of best practice for patients.
In an effort to help students meet their education expenses, Robert Morris University offers the following tuition payment options. On the posted due date, payments are accepted until 5 p.m. in the Student Support Center. Payments may be made via ePay after the deadline.

Payment Options

Payment Methods

Robert Morris University accepts tuition payments by cash, check, money order or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover). Tuition payments may be made to the Office of Student Financial Services by mail, phone (412-397-6260), or online via the RMU website at Students should log in to Sentry Secured Services and go to Financial Status in eServices to use the ePay - PayNow option. ePay is available 24 hours a day to process credit card or check payments.



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