Empowering a New Generation of Nursing Leadership: Direct Entry MSN Courses

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The program is available in two formats. Explore our Direct Entry MSN courses below.

  • Accelerated 5-Semstser Track (Milwaukee or Mesa): An accelerated and intense, year-round full-time program that is completed in 18-20 months.
  • 9-Semester Track (Milwaukee only): A year-round, full-time program that is completed in 3 years.

Five-Semester Direct Entry MSN Courses

The five-semester DEMSN track is available at both our Milwaukee and Mesa locations.

Semester 1: 16 credits

  • MSN 600B: Orientation to MSN Program – 0 credits
  • N 500: Professional Nursing Practice Essentials (Hybrid) – 3 credits
  • N 524: Health Assessment: Nursing Theory and Practice – 5 credits
  • N 518: Pharmacology I – 1 credit
  • N 522: Ethics for the Nurses Online – 1 credit
  • N 546: Nursing Management of Aging Adults – 2 credits
  • BI 338C: Physiological Mechanisms Disease – 4 credits

Semester 2: 13 credits

  • N 519: Pharmacology II – 2 credits
  • N 526: Clinical Nursing Skills – 1 credit
  • N 528: Theories of Holistic Nursing. – 4 credits
  • N 529: Clinical Nursing Practice I – 4 credits
  • N 530: Nursing Inquiry: Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement (Hybrid/Online) – 2 credits

Semester 3: 15 credits

  • N 545: Nursing Management: Women and Children – 3 credits
  • N 556: Nursing in Complex Clients – 3 credits
  • N 557: Nursing in Complex Communities – 3 credits
  • N 565: Clinical Nursing Practice II – 3 credits
  • MSN 610: Nursing Leadership: Advocacy, Activism, Innovation, and Policy – 3 credits

Semester 4: 17 credits

  • N 570: Clinical Nursing Practice III – Acute Care – 6 credits
  • MSN 605: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology – 3 credits
  • MSN 629: Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Teams – 2 credits
  • MSN 631: Advanced Health and Physical Assessment – 3 credits
  • MSN 632: Advanced Nursing Theory I – 3 credits

Semester 5: 16 credits

  • MSN 614: Nursing Research and Scholarship – 3 credits
  • MSN 618: Population-Based Health – 3 credits
  • MSN 770: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics and Clinical Decision Making – 3 credits
  • MSN 775: Advanced Nursing Theory II – 3 credits
  • MSN 776: Clinical Nursing Practice IV – 4 credits

Nine-Semester Direct Entry MSN Courses

The nine-semester track is only available at our nursing college in Milwaukee.

Semester 1: 6 credits

  • MSN 600B: Orientation to MSN Program – 0 credits
  • BI 338C: Physiological Mechanisms Disease – 4 credits
  • N 518: Pharmacology I – 1 credit
  • N 522: Ethics for the Nurses Online – 1 credit

Semester 2: 10 credits

  • N 500: Professional Nursing Practice Essentials (Hybrid) – 3 credits
  • N 524: Health Assessment: Nursing Theory and Practice – 5 credits
  • N 546: Nursing Management of Aging Adults – 2 credits

Semester 3: 11 credits

  • N 528: Theories of Holistic Nursing – 4 credits
  • N 526: Clinical Nursing Skills – 1 credit
  • N 529: Clinical Nursing Practice I – 4 credits
  • N 519: Pharmacology II – 2 credits

Semester 4: 8 credits

  • N 530: Nursing Inquiry: Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement (Hybrid/Online) – 2 credits
  • N 545: Nursing Management: Women and Children – 3 credits
  • N 556: Nursing in Complex Clients – 3 credits

Semester 5: 9 credits

  • N 557: Nursing in Complex Communities – 3 credits
  • N 565: Clinical Nursing Practice II – 3 credits
  • MSN 610: Nursing Leadership: Advocacy, Activism, Innovation, and Policy – 3 credits

Semester 6: 9 credits

  • N 570: Clinical Nursing Practice III – Acute Care – 6 credits
  • MSN 632: Advanced Nursing Theory I – 3 credits

Semester 7: 8 credits

  • MSN 631: Advanced Health and Physical Assessment – 3 credits
  • MSN-605: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology – 3 credits

Semester 8: 9 credits

  • MSN 770: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics and Clinical Decision Making – 3 credits
  • MSN 618: Population-Based Health – 3 credits
  • MSN 614: Nursing Research and Scholarship – 3 credits
  • N-290: Non-Credit Clinical Practice Refresher – 0 credits

Semester 9: 7 credits

  • MSN 775: Advanced Nursing Theory II – 3 credits
  • MSN 776: Nursing Clinical Practice IV – 4 credits

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