Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing Program

Our Direct Entry MSN program for non-nurses leverages your previous bachelor degree to fast-track your master’s in nursing education. This 19–21 month, second-degree accelerated nursing program provides the academic foundation and clinical skills required to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam through a blend of advanced nursing coursework, hands-on labs, and clinical experience.

To be eligible for our competitive nursing program, you must have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree, complete any necessary prerequisites, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in your conferred Baccalaureate Degree.

How the Accelerated MSN Program Works

During the full-time, five-semester program, you will complete a rigorous blend of online and on-site curriculum—all framed within the context of Catholic, Jesuit values.

Our Blended Learning Model

  1. Nursing theory courses designed to accommodate diverse learning styles to help you to learn advanced nursing concepts. These courses can be completed either online or on-campus.
  2. On-site skills and simulation labs let you hone your nursing skills in a safe, mock clinical setting. Students attend in-person labs at our Pleasant Prairie, WI learning site or Center for Clinical Simulation in Milwaukee.
  3. Clinical rotations provide at least 700 hours of real-world experience in diverse settings. They occur at top healthcare facilities in metro-Milwaukee, southern Wisconsin, and northern Illinois.

While you can expect to devote a lot of time and energy to the program, you’ll never feel like you’re on your own. Our faculty and staff are readily available to help you keep pace every step of the way.

Taking the NCLEX-RN

Passing your licensure exam is the last step in becoming a registered nurse. With a combined 99.66% pass rate of first-time and repeat testers in 2020, Marquette University takes great pride in preparing our students to sit for the NCLEX-RN. To be eligible to take the NCLEX, you must first apply for licensure with the board of nursing/regulatory body in the state in which you intend to practice. After applying, you will need to register to take the NCLEX. Once you receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) number from Pearson VUE, you can then schedule a testing time.

Because Wisconsin is a member of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), you will have the option to apply for a multistate license. If you are a resident of Wisconsin, this means that, upon passing the NCLEX-RN and receiving licensure, you could be licensed to practice in 27 states (as of January 19, 2018).

marquette university direct entry students in simulation lab

“I feel like I have more contact with my professors than I did in my undergraduate,” says George, a Direct Entry MSN student. “They go out of their way to help you and make sure you learn. They do not want to see you fail.”

Post-Masters Advancement

One of the best reasons to pursue an MSN is the opportunity for career growth. After graduating from our Direct Entry MSN program and earning RN licensure, you can pursue an advanced nursing certificate through Marquette University. Our post-degree certification includes options for the following roles:

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nursing Administration
  • Nurse Midwife

Contact us for the complete details on our Direct Entry MSN program.

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