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About Alverno College and the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions

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Empowering leaders with purpose and integrity

Established in 1887 by the School Sisters of St. Francis, Alverno College has been challenging students like you to stretch their capabilities for more than a century. In addition to preparing you for your new career in nursing, we’ll empower you to speak with clarity, act with purpose and lead with integrity. After graduation, you’ll join an international community of Alverno College alums who are making their marks on the world. Alverno College undergraduate programs are women only. Alverno graduate programs, including the DEMSN, are open to men and women

Developing a new generation of nursing leadership

True to the mission of Alverno College, the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions trains clinical professionals to make a real difference in the health of individuals, communities and the world through abilities-based learning that focuses on skill outcomes, not just mastery of theoretical concepts.

Combining faculty mentorship, clinical experience and a focus on ethical professionalism, we equip you for advanced clinical practice and innovative leadership in the nursing field.

Choose us because we offer:

A top-ranked institution — Recognized in multiple categories by U.S. News & World Report, Alverno ranked as a top Regional University in the Midwest, a Best Value School, a top College for Veterans and the third-most Innovative Schools in the Midwest.

Advanced approaches to learning and teaching — Our abilities-based curriculum emphasizes applied learning. You’ll practice this in our Center for Clinical Education (CCE). Our CCE patient simulation equipment and simulated treatment settings enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to practice hands-on care in the real world.

A learning community focused on you — Your program is about your goals and your aspirations. That’s why we help you access clinical experiences that match your interests. It’s also why we keep classes small, which furthers your connections with faculty and classmates in a meaningful way.

A vision beyond graduation — We challenge you to emerge from your program with a vision for your nursing career that defines your professional mission beyond finding your first job. You should understand your role in helping improve individual and community attitudes toward health and health care.

Quality, accredited curriculum — The Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Alverno College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( It focuses on holistic, evidence-based practice across patient populations and the lifespan. It also considers the transformative potential of technology and nursing informatics.

Field-experienced faculty — Alverno’s DEMSN faculty members are recognized experts in clinical practice areas, including gerontology, wellness, oncology and more. Their informed insights and enthusiastic mentorship will inspire you throughout your degree program and your career.

With Alverno College and the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions, you can become more than the nurse you’ve always wanted to be. You can become the nurse today’s patients need. Contact an admissions advisor today to start your journey with our Direct Entry MSN.