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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 EdD at Alverno?


Complete your degree in as few as two years while continuing to work full time, thanks to a format that combines online coursework with two weekend on-campus residencies over the course of the program.

Mentorship and support

Alverno College’s experienced instructors work with you from day one to develop your dissertation while applying what you learn in real-world teaching and leadership settings.

An EdD tailored for you

Our concentration options let you customize your coursework to fit with your experience, interests and career goals.

Quality of learning

At Alverno, we’re known for creating deep learning experiences that combine teaching, research and practice to ensure you graduate equipped with the expertise you need to lead.

Choose a career that matters

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