Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) Direct Entry

The Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program for non-nursing graduates is designed for individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing. The 75-credit program builds upon previous, broad educational preparation and provides an intense, accelerated and specialized nursing curriculum preparing students to take the NCLEX examination and to earn a master of science degree in nursing. Course work prepares graduates for the Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam.

Marquette nursing faculty believe that leadership in providing an academically, fiscally and socially responsible health care system to facilitate educational mobility of individuals is an important component of the university's mission. The Direct Entry M.S.N. curriculum is designed to facilitate graduate nursing education and accommodate adult learners.

With the addition of our off-campus location in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, individuals living closer to Chicago can earn the same quality Direct Entry M.S.N. education that is available in Milwaukee. The primary difference is that the nursing theory course work takes place online instead of in a traditional classroom environment.

Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing Degree for Non-nursing Majors


Program highlights

  • The program builds upon the broad education of non-nursing graduates by providing an intense, accelerated curriculum leading to a master's degree in nursing. An application to a post-master's certificate program may be submitted pending successful completion of the NCLEX.
  • Specific prerequisite courses for program admission are identified below.
  • Upon completion of required course work, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination and obtain state licensure as a registered nurse.
  • Graduates are eligible to take the CNL Certification Examination offered by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Nurse Certification.

Admission requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree — official transcripts of all college work
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • GRE (waived with a GPA of 3.2 or higher)
  • Completion of three recommendation forms; letters of reference are strongly encouraged.
  • Updated resume
  • Written statement of professional goals; must include reasons for pursuing graduate study. Limit to two double-spaced pages.
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses with grade of C or better:
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology*  5–6 credits
    • Chemistry or Biochemistry or Biology or Microbiology*  5–6 credits total
    • Nutrition for Health Sciences * (must include Therapeutic Nutrition, Health and Disease)          3 credits
    • Behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology)  3 credits
    • Statistics** (including inferential)  3 credits
    * Prerequisites preferred within past five years
    ** Within five years of program start date


Admissions process

Prospective students for the online Direct Entry M.S.N. program in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, must contact an admissions adviser to start the admissions process.

Prospective students need to complete the application for the Master of Science in Nursing program for non-nursing graduates via Nursing CAS. The application deadline is December 15 for the following May start date. Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the December 15 deadline. Full-time enrollment is required to complete the 75-credit program.


Progression requirements

A GPA of 3.0 is required each semester and in summer modules for continuation in the program, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained throughout the program.

 

Sample Course Plan

Semester One

 

NURS 6001   Health Assessment and Fundamentals I

3

NURS 6002   Health Assessment and Fundamentals II

4

NURS 6015   Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing Practice

3

NURS 6030   Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice

3

Semester Two

 

NURS 5701   Nursing Concepts and Intervention, Adults/Older Adults I Theory

3

NURS 5900   Family-centered Nursing of Children Theory

3

NURS 5963  Nursing Care for Patients with Chronic Conditions Practicum

4

NURS 6005  Concepts and Interventions for the Promotion of Mental Health

3

HEAL 6009   Organizational and System Leadership

3

Semester Three

 

NURS 5600   Community and Population Health Nursing

3

NURS 5803   Maternity Nursing and Women’s Health Theory

3

NURS 6010   Research and Evidence as a Foundation

3

NURS 6200   Nursing Concepts and Intervention, Adults/Older Adults II Theory

3

NURS 6246   Nursing Care for Patients with Acute Conditions Practicum

4

Semester Four

 

NURS 6000  Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

3

HEAL 6007   Ethics, Policy and Health Care Advocacy

3

NURS 6244  Health Promotion Across the Lifespan

3

HEAL 6825   Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in Health Care  

3

NURS 6964  Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I (Kaplan Prep included in CNL I)

3

Semester Five:

 

NURS 6032   Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

3

NURS 6035  Advanced Health Care Assessment Across the Lifespan

3

HEAL 6049  Outcome Management

3

HEAL 6835  Informatics, Technology and Professional Issues

3

NURS 6974  Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II

3

TOTAL for DE = 75 credits

 

Post-master's certificate program

As a direct entry master of science in nursing graduate, you are eligible to apply for a post-master's certificate in advanced nursing practice. Credits required depend on the specialty selected, but will range from 18–28 credits. Note that some options require a year of practice before beginning clinical practice courses. Individuals considering post-master's certificate programs at Marquette University must attain professional nursing licensure in the state of Wisconsin.