Direct Entry for Non-nursing Graduates

Make a career change toward your life's calling

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.

Choose your campus

Program Delivery

Milwaukee on Marquette Campus 

Pleasant Prairie Location


Course delivery: on-campus, online and hybrid

Skills, labs and exams

Non-nursing bachelor's required

Full-time, five terms of study

Clinical placements


Courses start


on-campus, some hybrid courses

on-site: Milwaukee campus



Milwaukee metro area

56 students

summer (May)


all course work is completed online

on-site: Pleasant Prairie



Kenosha and Northern IL

96 students

fall (August) and spring (January)


Course work designed to accommodate adult learners

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

Semester One

Health Assessment and Fundamentals I

Health Assessment and Fundamentals I

Health Assessment and Fundamentals II

Essentials of Nursing

Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing Practice

Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice


Semester Two

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


Semester Three

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


Semester Four

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  

Semester Five

Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

Advanced Health Care Assessment Across the Lifespan

Informatics, Technology and Professional Issues

Transition to Nursing Practice and Leadership Clinical


Take the next step towards your future

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Application Deadline

Nov. 15 - For spring admission: Direct Entry MSN for Non-nurses (Pleasant Prairie only)
Dec. 15 - For summer admission: Direct Entry MSN for Non-nurses (Milwaukee campus only)
Apr. 15 - For fall admission: Direct Entry MSN for Non-nurses (Pleasant Prairie only)

Application Requirements

Apply and submit all application requirements via NursingCAS 


  • 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 (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




How the direct entry MSN program works