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Become a Nurse with our Direct Entry MSN Degree

Become a Nurse with an MSN
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Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing (DEMSN) at Alverno College

Start your path to a fulfilling and rewarding nursing career with the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions at Alverno College.

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. Designed for graduates who hold a bachelor’s degree in any field, the DEMSN gives you the opportunity to enter the nursing profession with a master’s degree.

We take a unique abilities-based approach to learning — one that measures what you can do as well as what you know. Through hands-on experiences, you’ll develop advanced clinical knowledge and leadership and advocacy capabilities. You’ll graduate prepared to treat patients, lead health care teams and promote well-being for all.

You’ll also be positioned to advance to post-master’s study, including advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) certification programs or a doctoral program in nursing (PhD or DNP). With the Direct Entry MSN, you can establish the foundation of a meaningful and rewarding career.

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 DEMSN at Alverno?

A legacy of excellence

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.

A reputation for innovation

Alverno College was ranked #3 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.

Expert mentorship and support

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.

Comprehensive clinical preparation

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.

An evidence-based approach

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.

A personalized learning experience

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.

Choose a career that matters

Talk to Alverno College today to get started with our Direct Entry MSN program.