Frequently Asked Questions about A.D.N. Direct Entry

Does this program award a B.S.N.?

No. The intent of this program is to earn a master’s degree, and you will apply and enter as a graduate student. Our program is designed to take advantage of your non-nursing bachelor’s degree without additional Arts and Sciences requirements. You will take 12 pre-licensure credits that will bridge to the master’s program.

What are the requirements for admission into this program?

Admission requirements include: a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and an associate degree in nursing, both with a final cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, using a 4.000 system; recommendations; current resume; a written statement of professional goals; Graduate School application; transcripts; and completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). However, if your undergraduate GPA was 3.2 or higher, the GRE will be waived.

Are there also prerequisite courses for admission to this program?

Yes. You will need to present evidence that you have taken and passed with at least a “C” the following courses and credits: a minimum of 5 semester credits of Human Anatomy and Physiology covering all body systems; 5–6 credits of science from Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology or Biology; 3 credits of behavioral science (psychology or sociology); and 3 credits of Statistics, which must include an inferential component. It is preferred that your anatomy, physiology and science courses would have been completed within the last five years. Statistics must have been completed within five years of your start date in this program.

What are the “bridging courses” you referred to?

These are graduate level courses in Nursing Research, Quality and Safety, and clinical and theory courses in Community and Population Health.

Do I have to be done with the 12 bridging credits before I start my specialty master’s course work?

There are several core master’s courses that you may intermingle with the bridge courses if you wish; these are courses that all M.S.N. students take regardless of their master’s option. However, you must have successfully completed your bridge courses before you may start your option-specific courses.

How long will it take to complete my M.S.N.?

This is very individualized, based on whether you wish to attend full or part time. In addition, different M.S.N. options have different amounts of credits to complete. The best approach is to have an appointment with an adviser in the option you are choosing, who will assist in creating an individualized program plan for you. The university requires that you complete your M.S.N. within six years.

What are the specialty options available to me in the M.S.N. program?

The College of Nursing offers M.S.N. options in adult-older adult acute care; adult-older adult primary care; adult-older adult clinical nurse specialist; pediatrics acute care; pediatrics primary care; nurse-midwifery; and systems leadership and health care quality.

What is the best way to find out if this program will work for me?

The first step in exploring your options is to make an appointment with the coordinator of direct entry programs. Contact taylorrose.pamperin@marquette.edu to schedule an appointment to discuss this program.