nursing

master of science in nursing programs

Specializations

Adult-Older Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Older Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Older Adult Primary Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nurse-Midwifery
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist
Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Nurse Leader
Systems Leadership and Healthcare Quality

Direct Entry MSN for non-nursing majors - Milwaukee campus

Direct Entry MSN for non-nursing majors - Pleasant Prairie campus


Program Description

The master of science in nursing program prepares nurses for roles in advanced nursing practice. Graduates are academically eligible to seek formal professional certification.

The advanced practice nursing: adult-older adult acute care nurse practitioner specialization prepares the student to apply advanced clinical assessment skills to complex health problems commonly encountered by acutely ill adults across the health care continuum. Graduate will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

The advanced practice nursing: adult-older adult primary care nurse practitioner and the advanced practice nursing: adult-older adult primary care clinical nurse specialist specializations prepare the student for the care of adults, including knowledge of human responses, health promotion and disease prevention, advanced physical assessment, diagnosis and management of health problems. Graduate will be academically eligible to take the national certification exam for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.

The advanced practice nursing: nurse-midwifery specialization prepares the student for independent management of essentially normal newborns and women during the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods and for gynecologic care throughout the life-span. Graduates will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board, Inc.

The advanced practice nursing: pediatric acute care nurse practitioner specialization prepares the student for independent management of children and families seeking health care for acute to critically ill problems. Graduates will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination for Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.

The advanced practice nursing: pediatric primary care nurse practitioner specialization prepares the student for independent management of children and families seeking health care for simple to complex health problems. Graduates will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination for Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.

The clinical nurse leader specialization prepares the student to have competence in clinical outcomes management and health care environment management. Students complete core M.S.N. courses and a combination of illness management and health care systems leadership courses. These graduates remain at the point of care and assure patients receive health care in a safe, cost effective, timely manner by implementing lateral integration of care services. Graduates are academically eligible to take the AACN CNL® Certification Examination.

The systems leadership and healthcare quality specialization prepares the student for the administration of nursing services in a variety of health care organizations. Graduates will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination for Nursing Administration.

The second degree master’s program for non-nursing graduates is designed for those individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing and who wish to become nurses. The program builds upon the student’s broad educational preparation and provides an intense, accelerated nursing curriculum to meet the student’s career goals. Tuition information for this program can be found in the Graduate Bulletin, as it differs from other graduate programs. Students interested in a master's program for non-nursing graduates and completing coursework online should explore the online-based Direct Entry MSN program in Pleasant Prairie.

This second degree direct entry for A.D.N. nurses program facilitates students who have an associate’s degree in nursing and also have a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing to complete a master of science in nursing degree.

Visit the Department Web Page for more detailed program information.

Application Requirements

Apply and submit all application requirements via NursingCAS: (www.nursingcas.org)

  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities.
  • Three completed recommendation letters prepared by previous or present employers and teachers familiar with graduate education in nursing.
  • A resume and written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • GRE scores (General Test only). Waived if undergraduate GPA is 3.200 or above. Use DI Code 0093 for submitting GRE scores.
  • International applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • An interview is required for applicants to the advanced practice nursing specializations in acute care nurse practitioner, nurse-midwifery and pediatrics.
  • With the exception of Second Degree Direct Entry M.S.N. applicants, all applicants must be registered in the United States as a professional nurse. Graduates of nursing schools in foreign countries must successfully complete the certification program administered by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and must be licensed in Wisconsin.
  • Upon acceptance to the graduate program, students must complete and submit the Graduate Student Health Status Report form. Information on CPR requirements, physical examination and immunization status, including results of a T.B. skin test and proof of Wisconsin R.N. licensure (or Indiana R.N. licensure for students in the adult-older adult acute care nurse practitioner - Indianapolis M.S.N.) and a criminal background check must be submitted to a program on the website castlebranch.com. Results of a T.B. skin test must be provided annually, an influenza vaccine is required annually, and a drug screen must be completed three months prior to beginning clinical practicum courses. Students are responsible for the cost of these services. The information is required for progression within the program.
  • Adult-older adult acute care nurse practitioner students must demonstrate evidence of current Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification and have experience working with acutely ill adults. Pediatric acute care nurse practitioner students need to be PALS certified and have experience working with acutely ill children. One year of practice in an acute care setting is required for acute care and pediatric acute care students prior to beginning clinical practicum course work.

Application Deadline

Nov. 15 - For spring admission: M.S.N., direct entry M.S.N. for non-nurses (Pleasant Prairie campus only)
Dec. 15 - For summer admission: M.S.N. direct entry program for non-nurses (Milwaukee campus only)
Feb. 15 - For fall admission: M.S.N., direct entry M.S.N. for non-nurses (Pleasant Prairie campus only)


M.S.N. and direct entry M.S.N. (Pleasant Prairie campus) applicants who apply after the Feb. 15 deadline will be considered on a space-available basis for fall admission, provided their application is complete by June 1.


M.S.N. applicants are not eligible for summer admission.


Financial Aid

For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) please visit the departmental financial aid web page. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.

Tuition information for the Master of Science in Nursing — Second Degree Direct Entry for Non-Nurses program can be found in the Graduate Bulletin, as it differs from other graduate programs.