State-of-the-Art MSN Curriculum

In your online coursework, our faculty will blend theory and evidence-based knowledge to help you elevate your level of expertise and understanding of the inner workings of health-care delivery in various healing environments, including inpatient and outpatient settings both small and large.

The RN to MSN program includes 8-week courses and a 16-week capstone project course (with no onsite requirements). Program starts are in January, May and September.

The curriculum chart below provides a checklist of your courses based on whether you are following the ADN-MSN or BSN-MSN track.

Curriculum Units ADN Track BSN Track
NURS 502 Principles of Statistical Inference for Clinical Practice 3
You can take this basic statistics course prior to starting other courses or concurrently (over a 16-week period) with your first two 8-week courses. It provides a working knowledge of basic statistical concepts as applied to health-care.
NURS 520 Foundations of Systems Leadership 4
Using a systems perspective, you will explore basic concepts related to the health-care system, professional knowledge, and quality and safety. **Not required for BSN to MSN track
NURS 521 Evidence-Based Practice Improvement 4
You will analyze and apply evidence for selected areas of clinical practice to facilitate optimal patient outcomes and use evidence to develop, validate and endorse strategies for system-wide practice improvements.
NURS 541 Population Health 4
For vulnerable (including cross-cultural) populations and communities, you will apply concepts related to the assessments, surveillance and interventions for risk reduction, disease prevention and health promotion. **Not required for BSN to MSN track
NURS 545 Healthcare Environments and Care Coordination 4
You will examine health policy and regulation, health economics and advocacy, and apply advocacy strategies for transitioning ‘at-risk’ individuals across the health-care continuum.
NURS 543 Health Information and Patient Care Technologies 3
You will evaluate and apply emerging health-care technologies, such as point of care clinical support, telehealth/medicine and electronic documentation, in support of patient-provider communication, interprofessional practice and coordinated patient care delivery.
NURS 654 Quality and Safety Management 4
You will examine concepts related to the quality and safety improvement process and management strategies that ensure patient safety and quality outcomes, including continuous quality improvement processes and program planning, implementation and evaluation.
NURS 641 Leadership for Patient-Centered Care 4
You will explore the principles of shared leadership, team dynamics and interprofessional practice as the foundation of patient-centered care with emphasis on mediation, negotiation, conflict resolution, collaboration and consultation. **Not required for BSN to MSN track
NURS 653 Healing Environments and Practices 4
You will examine evidence-based integrative approaches that support structural and human care processes and evaluate models of optimal healing environments that promote personal and organizational health/wellness.
NURS 640 Healthcare Business Dynamics 3
You will apply business concepts and principles consistent with patient-centered care across a variety of health-care settings. Concepts include organizational structure and finance, budgeting, cost-benefit analysis, marketing, resource allocation, innovation and entrepreneurship.
NURS 540 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction 4
At the individual and interpersonal level of care, you will explore the concepts of health promotion and risk reduction and examine evidence-based strategies that acknowledge patient-centered values and beliefs optimizing health/wellness.
NURS 660 Clinical Systems Leadership Immersion 7/5
You will work with a faculty mentor to apply patient-centered leadership concepts to the development of a comprehensive care management plan for a chronic care population in this 16-week session.
Total Credit Hours 44 Credits* 31 Credits*

For students who have not completed a college-level statistics course in the last five years, a three credit hour statistics course is required. Students can take this course online at the beginning of the RN to MSN degree and will graduate with 47 credits from the ADN track or 34 credits from the BSN track.


Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing
Affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Affiliated with the Western Institute of Nursing

State Authorization

Changes to the Higher Education Act (HEA) require The University of Arizona and the College of Nursing to comply with individual state/jurisdiction authorizations of distance education programs. As the Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Systems Leadership (RN-MSN) program is 100 percent online, most states are authorized or exempt from authorization. The College of Nursing can only admit students from authorized, exempt and in progress jurisdictions at this time. As of 6/2/2015 the following authorizations are in place: RN-MSN State Authorization Map.

If you have any questions or concerns about the State Authorizations, please contact us at or 1-855-789-7046.