Direct Entry MSN Prerequisites and Requirements

Whether you previously studied biology or psychology, our Direct Entry MSN program in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, leverages your non-nursing academic experience so you don’t have to start your college education over from square one. Aside from the required prerequisites, all of the courses associated with the program involve professional nursing study.

Admissions Requirements

Our Direct Entry MSN program serves as a second-degree option for those who have proven their ability to succeed in a collegiate environment and want to earn a master’s in nursing degree in less than 21 months. However, because of the program’s rigorous nature, we require our nursing students to be able to hit the ground running when classes begin.

To be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Complete the GRE® General Test
    • Note: The GRE is waived for those with a 3.2 GPA or higher.
  • Complete all prerequisite courses with grades of “C” or higher

Prerequisite Courses

Before entering our Direct Entry MSN program, you must complete a series of prerequisite courses, earning grades of “C” or higher. For some of the prerequisites, you can choose what course you want to take. If you completed a similar class as part of your baccalaureate education, ask your admissions adviser about credit hour transfers. Your admissions adviser can also recommend the best course of action for completing these prerequisites.

Direct Entry MSN Prerequisite

Credit Hours

Human Anatomy and Physiology* 5-6
Chemistry OR Biochemistry OR Biology OR Microbiology* 5-6
Nutrition for Health Sciences* 3
Behavioral Sciences: Psychology or Sociology 3
Statistics, including inferential analysis** 3

*Prerequisites preferred within past five years
** Within five years of program start date

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A Guided Admissions Process

Your admissions adviser will answer your admissions questions and guide you through the admissions process to gain admittance to the Direct Entry MSN program.

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A Curriculum to Prepare You for Success

Combined with your prerequisites, the Direct Entry MSN program curriculum offers you the high-quality education you need to earn your Master of Science in Nursing and succeed as a registered nurse.

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