Enter Nursing with a Master’s Degree

Have a Bachelor’s in another field? Make the change to a career in nursing and earn an MSN from one of our direct entry MSN programs!

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Why Earn a Direct Entry MSN?

Sometimes called entry-level MSNs, accelerated MSNs, or alternative-entry MSNs, direct entry MSN programs are accelerated graduate nursing programs designed for those who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field.

A direct entry MSN will also prepare you to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.

An Accelerated Path

Enter nursing with an MSN in as few as 18 to 20 months of study—just two to four months longer than you would spend earning an accelerated BSN.

More Knowledge and Skills

Develop patient care, research and leadership skills that extend beyond BSN level—skills employers value.

Additional Career Opportunities

Set yourself up to pursue training in an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) specialty, such as a nurse practitioner, mid-wife, nurse anesthetist, after you graduate.

Alverno College Direct Entry MSN

18 months

Milwaukee, WI

Explore Our Direct Entry MSN Programs

La Roche University Entry-Level MSN

20 months

Pittsburgh, PA

Brenau University Entry-Level MSN

20 months

Norcross, GA

North Park University

20 months

Chicago, IL

Texas Lutheran University

6 Months

W Court St, Seguin

Lourdes University

20 months

Sylvania, OH

Direct Entry MSN Admissions Requirements

To apply to a direct entry/entry-level MSN program, you will need a bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited college or university.

Additional requirements will vary, but typically include:

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Transcripts from all previous undergraduate institutions

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Prerequisite science courses such as human anatomy, microbiology, chemistry, psychology and statistics

Please request more information from one of our highlighted institutions for more complete details about admissions requirements.

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