Media Advisory: Marquette to cut ribbon on new Direct Entry Nursing facility in Pleasant Prairie, Oct. 18

Direct Entry Nursing program features clinical sites throughout southeastern Wisconsin and the Chicagoland area

Oct. 16, 2023

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University’s College of Nursing will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of a new facility for its Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

The expanded facility, located at 8401 102nd St., Suite 300, is twice the size of the College of Nursing’s original Pleasant Prairie location and includes more skills laboratories, nursing simulation areas and classrooms, as well as a new student lounge. The facility offers an in-person complement to the students’ in-hospital clinical rotations and remote education on nursing theory. Students began using the facility in August at the start of the 2023 fall semester.

Media are invited to tour the facility from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., at which point there will be a program and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Dr. Jill Guttormson, dean of the College of Nursing; Holly Nerone, director of the Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program; and Dr. Karen Robinson, interim assistant dean for graduate programs and associate professor of nursing, as well as select students from the Direct Entry program, will be available for interviews.

Event information:

  • When: Wednesday, Oct. 18; tours available to media from 3-4 p.m., program at 4 p.m.
  • Where: 8401 102nd St., Suite 300, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

Media interested in attending the ceremony should contact Kevin Conway, associate director of university communication, at

Launched in 2016, the Pleasant Prairie branch of Marquette’s Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program offers students the opportunity to earn an accelerated advanced degree in between 19-21 months. This innovative accelerated nursing degree program combines a hybrid format with strong experiential learning to shape the committed, caring nurse leaders of tomorrow. The program is for non-nurses and leverages a previous bachelor’s degree to fast-track a master’s in nursing education.

In addition to attracting students from all over the country, the Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program also services medical facilities with clinical sites throughout southeastern Wisconsin and the Chicagoland area, including Libertyville, Lake Forest, Zion and Chicago.

About Marquette University

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. Through the formation of hearts and minds, Marquette prepares our 11,100 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students to lead, excel and serve as agents of positive change. And, we deliver results. Ranked in the top 20% of national universities, Marquette is recognized for its undergraduate teaching, innovation and career preparation as the sixth-best university in the country for job placement. Our focus on student success and immersive, personalized learning experiences encourages students to think critically and engage with the world around them. When students graduate with a Marquette degree, they are truly prepared and called to Be The Difference.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or