Carroll Unveils New RN to MSN Degree Program

Author: Carroll University

Published Date: 6/21/2023

Categories: Nursing University News

two Carroll University nursing students practicing.
Carroll University is excited to announce the creation of a new Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing program, which allows those with an associate’s degree in nursing to advance their career and obtain a master’s degree in nursing.

The RN to MSN program is 51 credits and offered in 20 months or over five full-time semesters. Students can transform their ADN into a graduate degree in less than two years via this new program. Two tracks are available within the program:
  • Nurse Educator -- Train and mentor others, in educational, clinical or business settings. Students will take select courses offered in coordination with Carroll’s School of Education and Human Services.
  • Nurse Leader -- Manage care teams and plan and coordinate care. Students will take select courses offered in coordination with Carroll’s School of Business.
The RN to MSN is open to anyone with an ADN wishing to continue their education at the graduate level. Eight-week hybrid courses mix online learning with labs and clinicals, designed around a consistent schedule for the students’ convenience.

“The health care industry needs skilled nurses who can lead with confidence to provide exceptional care,” said Tom Pahnke, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “We have created a program that offers unique concentrations in education and leadership, so that program graduates have the ability to leverage their talents and make more impactful contributions to the nursing profession.”

Carroll’s nursing program is consistently top rated. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was recently ranked the top BSN program in Wisconsin by Nursing Process as well as by Nursing Schools Almanac.

“Carroll University has educated pioneering graduates who have served our local and global community for more than 175 years, and our recent innovation in nursing programs continues that tradition,” said President Cindy Gnadinger. “Our new RN to MSN program will provide our students the theoretical and technical knowledge needed to grow as dynamic nurses, as well as emphasize caring, compassion, and purpose within their educational experience.”

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