Get started on an advanced nursing career path and gain advanced skills for patient care. Designed for anyone who holds a bachelor’s degree from any background, the Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing (DEMSN) program from Alverno College prepares you to enter the nursing profession with graduate-level clinical assessment, patient care and leadership skills.
During the course of this intensive, full-time 18-month program, you’ll gain hands-on training and clinical experience with support from experienced faculty, earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
After graduation, you’ll enter the job market with a qualification that employers prefer and the academic foundation to pursue certification as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) or earn a doctoral degree in nursing.
The DEMSN program consists of 77 credits of coursework covering bachelor’s- and master’s-level content in health science, nursing practice, nursing administration and research.
Alverno College features an ability-based model to teaching and learning, meaning you will be challenged to show what you can do with the knowledge you’ve gained, not just whether you know it. We also embrace evidence-based practice, emphasizing the importance of research to inform patient care and nursing leadership decisions.
We keep classes in the DEMSN program small so you can receive personal attention from our experienced faculty and participate meaningfully in learning experiences, especially those that take place in our Center for Clinical Education (CCE) simulation facilities.
The DEMSN is designed to prepare you for competent, confident practice through rigorous academic preparation, hands-on training and extensive clinical experience. As a graduate, you will be able to:
The Direct Entry MSN is a full-time program designed to be completed in 18 months. Students take courses over five semesters. Coursework includes theory, hands-on training in our Center for Clinical Education (CCE) and clinical experience within our network of community health care partners. At the end of the program, you will complete a capstone project in which you apply research to a specific problem within health care or nursing practice.
Alverno College’s Center for Clinical Education offers you a safe, stimulating environment in which you will develop your clinical assessment, decision-making and patient care abilities. The CCE consists of two facilities:
Clinical Simulation Center (CSC) — This high-fidelity simulation unit includes two medical/surgical rooms, one birthing suite/pediatric unit and one trauma/ICU room. The CSC is equipped with advanced patient simulators, including adults, a newborn and a pediatric patient.
Clinical Learning Center (CLC) — The CLC includes primary care exam rooms, multi-bed patient care spaces and a simulated studio apartment in which you can learn home-based care skills.
Coursework for the DEMSN establishes a foundation of nursing and health care knowledge, then builds advanced clinical assessment, research and leadership skills.
Semester 1 – 15 credits
Semester 2 – 17 credits
Semester 3 – 16 credits
Semester 4 – 15 credits
Semester 5 – 14 credits
Total: 77 credits
You’ll graduate from the DEMSN with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) without specialization.
If you want to become a nurse practitioner (NP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS) or other APRN, you’ll need to enroll in a post-master’s certification program after graduation.
Alverno College offers the following post-master’s certification programs you can pursue after successfully earning your DEMSN:
The DEMSN also lays the groundwork for future study at the doctoral level, in either a PhD or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
Our Direct Entry MSN program is for those who have graduated with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or an international equivalent). The bachelor’s degree can be in any major except nursing.
You must provide:
You must have fulfilled a specific set of prerequisites within the past five years and with a grade of B or better to be considered for admission. These include:
Start training for a lifelong career in nursing with Alverno College. Contact us about the Direct Entry MSN program today!