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Save one hundred lives and you’re a nurse." - Anonymous
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The direct entry master of science in nursing program for non-nursing graduates is designed for individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees outside of nursing. Students will develop a specialized nursing curriculum preparing them to take the NCLEX examination and earn a master's degree in nursing.
Our post-master's advanced nursing certificate programs allow graduates to learn highly specialized skills.
Course delivery: on-campus, online and hybrid
Skills, labs and exams
Non-nursing bachelor's required
Full-time, five terms of study
on-campus, some hybrid courses
on-site: Milwaukee campus
Milwaukee metro area
all course work is completed online
on-site: Pleasant Prairie
Kenosha and Northern IL
fall (August) and spring (January)
Students can expect the same curriculum and outcomes at both locations. Students at both sites are invited and encouraged to attend professional and career development workshops and continuing education presentations. The biggest differences are program start semesters, location of clinicals, and online vs. mostly in-person courses.
Direct Entry MSN Program – 75 Credits
Health Assessment and Fundamentals I
Health Assessment and Fundamentals II
Essentials of Nursing
Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing Practice
Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice
Nursing Concepts and Intervention, Adults/Older Adults I Theory
Family-centered Nursing Care of Children Theory
Concepts and Interventions for the Promotion of Mental Health Theory
Ethics Policy and Health Care Advocacy
Nursing Care for Patients with Chronic Conditions Clinical
Community and Population Health Nursing
Maternity Nursing and Women’s Health Theory
Research and Evidence as a Foundation for Nursing
Nursing Concepts and Intervention, Adults/Older Adults II Theory
Nursing Care for Patients with Acute Conditions Clinical
Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in Health Care
Organizational and Systems Leadership
Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
Professional Nursing Practice Clinical
Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice
Advanced Health Care Assessment Across the Lifespan
Informatics, Technology and Professional Issues
Transition to Nursing Practice and Leadership Clinical
The online application for 2021 terms will open in early May, 2020.
Apply and submit all application requirements
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.
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