Direct Entry for Non-nurses with ADN

Advance your practice through caring and leadership

This program allows students who have an associate degree in nursing (ADN) and also have a bachelor's degree outside of nursing to complete a master of science in nursing degree with a specialty focus as an advanced practice nurse or nurse leader. 

Program Highlights

  • Rolling admission
  • Part-time and full-time available for working students
  • After completing four required courses, students progress into their chosen specialization



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These programs are generally completed on a part-time basis (3-6 credits per term) while students are working. Personalized plans of study are created collaboratively by each student and their adviser in order to create a manageable and flexible schedule.

Direct Entry MSN ADN Program

The total number of credits taken to complete the master of science in nursing ranges from 39-51, depending on the specialization chosen, in addition to the initial 12 credits listed below.


Research & Evidence as a Foundation for Nursing

Community and Population Health Nursing

Topics in Nursing (Topic: Community Nursing Clinical)

Quality & Patient Safety in Health Care

Total Credit Hours: 12 

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Application Deadline: Rolling Admission

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Application Requirements

  • 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. (Post-master's certificate requires only one completed recommendation.)
  • A resume and written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • GRE scores (general test only). Waived if undergraduate (or if applicant has already earned bachelor's or master's degree) 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.

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.


Graduate Program Recruiter

Lizzie Kerrick

phone: (414) 288-4792