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Become a Nurse with our Direct Entry MSN Program

Our Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing (DEMSN) program prepares you to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in as few as 18 months of full-time study.
Become a Nurse with an MSN
Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree Required
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Hear From Our Students

  • "I think what makes this program special is that I feel like they really do everything they can to prepare you for being a nurse. Some of the exams are NCLEX style, even from day one. They're preparing you for taking your boards when you graduate. I genuinely feel like they want us to do well and they want us to succeed and be out in the community as competent, high quality nurses." - Hannah Heise, DEMSN Student
  • "One of the things that makes Alverno special is the teachers. They really give time to the students, that one-on-one time for you to be able to understand and actually learn your skills." - Mohamed Dawod, DEMSN Student
Alverno College's Direct Entry Master of Science MSN program. Student simulation center.

Alverno College’s Direct Entry MSN equips you to provide holistic, evidence-based patient care and empowers you for future leadership and policy advocacy.

Why earn your Direct Entry MSN at Alverno College


The JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions has been training and graduating nurses who make a difference in the health of patients, families and communities since 1932. The DEMSN draws on our strong undergraduate and graduate programs and includes nursing courses right from the very beginning.


Alverno College is ranked #2 by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most innovative schools in the Midwest. Educators around the world have studied our unique, ability-based nursing curriculum that challenges students to actively demonstrate the skills employers require.


The nursing faculty at Alverno College are recognized experts in geriatric nursing, oncology, critical care and community health nursing — experts who are dedicated to helping you enter the profession at your best.


Our Center for Clinical Education (CCE) offers multiple high-fidelity clinical practice environments, from home-based care to trauma and intensive care units. You will also gain direct clinical experience through our close partnerships with more than 25 health care organizations, including hospitals, nursing homes, mental health facilities and more.


You’ll learn to evaluate existing scholarly literature in order to develop a practice-based inquiry project as your master’s degree capstone. After graduation, you’ll be empowered to apply new research to your professional practice for the rest of your career.


With small class sizes you will receive personal attention and support from our expert faculty while building meaningful relationships with your peers. You’ll also have access to campus-wide student resources that provide personal and academic support.

The Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program at Alverno College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions at Alverno College is approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing and the Arizona Board of Nursing.

Our Awards

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Regional Universities Midwest 2022

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