If you haven’t noticed, there’s a lot of information surrounding our Direct Entry MSN program in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. Therefore, we thought it might be helpful to provide the answers to our most frequently asked questions right here.
First and foremost, you must have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. If you meet those requirements, you will then need to successfully complete a series of prerequisite courses before you can enter the program.
No, you will have a master’s degree in nursing upon your successful completion of the 18-21 month program. If you maintain a 3.0 GPA while in the program, we certify that you are academically eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam after graduation.
There will stretches of the program where you will need to come to our site in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, 2 to 3 days per week to take proctored exams and participate in labs.
The first round of clinical rotations begin during the first semester of the program. You should expect to complete approximately 1,020 clinical practice hours in total.
The first step is to speak with an admissions adviser to confirm your program eligibility.
While you can’t go back and improve your academic history, you can control how well you do in the prerequisite courses and how well you put together your application package. We require applicants to submit a series of supplementary admissions materials—a resume, three letters of recommendation, and an admissions statement—as part of the application process. These materials help give us a sense of your character, motivation, and passion for the nursing profession. Be sure to ask your adviser for assistance, he/she is more than happy to help you optimize your application package.
We recommend not working during the pre-licensure phase of the program. If you must work, it’s best to discuss your options with an admissions adviser because the accelerated nature of the program requires a lot of time and energy to keep pace.
You are never too old to pursue your dream career. In fact, because this is a second-degree program, many of our students have spent years in an unfulfilling profession, which means the age range for our cohorts often varies. Besides, age is only a number—everyone in the program has the same goal as you, which is to graduate from the program.
By earning a master’s degree in nursing, you open yourself up for better upward mobility and higher earning potential when compared with a BSN holder. You can also specialize in an advanced field of nursing, such as adult acute care, pediatric primary care or clinical nurse leadership, by completing one of our certificate programs.
As a graduate of our program, you will be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam and work in inpatient, outpatient, or community settings. Keep in mind, because you’re new to the nursing profession, your first job after graduation will most likely be at the entry level. However, your MSN degree holds the key to future upward mobility in areas such as nurse management, education, and administration—which would not be possible with a BSN degree.
Contact us to learn more about our nursing clinical rotations.
With the guidance of a dedicated admissions adviser, you will complete your prerequisites, review your college transcripts, and apply for the Direct Entry MSN program to get started on your path to a career in nursing.
For over 100 years, Marquette University nursing school graduates have achieved success through a Catholic and Jesuit-based education. Marquette University has a focus on student success, excellence, faith, leadership, and service.