Direct Entry MSN

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.

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

BSN Level Courses
MSN-600BOrientation to MSN Program0
BI-338CPhysiological Mechanisms Disease4
N-500Professional Nursing Pract Essentials3
Health Assessment & Clinical Skills
and Health Assessment & Clinical Skills
N-521Pharmacology: Nrsing Connections3
N-522Ethics for the Nurses1
N-525Theories/Holistic Nursing Management A2
N-527Theories/Holistic Nursing Mgt B2
N-529Clinical Nursing Practice I4
N-530Nrsing Inq: Evid Bsed Pract & Qual Imp3
N-535Theories of Holistic Nrsing C2
N-545Nrsing Mgt: Women & Children3
N-546Nrsing Mgt of Aging Adults D2
N-555Nursing Leadership & Policy, Hlthcre Sys3
N-556Nursing of Complex Clients3
N-557Nursing in Complex Communities3
N-565Clininal Nursing Practice II3
MSN Level Courses
MSN-605Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology3
MSN-614Nursing Research & Scholarship3
MSN-618Population Based Health3
MSN-631Adv Hlth & Physical Assessment3
Advanced Nursing Theory I
and Clinical Nursing Practice III
MSN-755Capstone 11
MSN-629Roles, Interprof Teams, Theories2
MSN-770Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3
MSN-775Advanced Nursing Theory II3
MSN-776Nursing Clinical Practice IV4
MSN-760Capstone 21

The Academic Map should be used for planning purposes only. All official graduation requirements are listed on a student's Academic Evaluation. Course sequence is subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
MSN-600B Orientation to MSN Program 0
N-500 Professional Nursing Pract Essentials 3
Health Assessment & Clinical Skills
and Health Assessment & Clinical Skills
N-521 Pharmacology: Nrsing Connections 3
BI-338C Physiological Mechanisms Disease 4
N-525 Theories/Holistic Nursing Management A 2
N-527 Theories/Holistic Nursing Mgt B 2
N-529 Clinical Nursing Practice I 4
N-530 Nrsing Inq: Evid Bsed Pract & Qual Imp 3
N-535 Theories of Holistic Nrsing C 2
N-545 Nrsing Mgt: Women & Children 3
Second Year
N-546 Nrsing Mgt of Aging Adults D 2
N-555 Nursing Leadership & Policy, Hlthcre Sys 3
N-556 Nursing of Complex Clients 3
N-557 Nursing in Complex Communities 3
N-565 Clininal Nursing Practice II 3
MSN-605 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology 3
N-522 Ethics for the Nurses 1
MSN-614 Nursing Research & Scholarship 3
MSN-618 Population Based Health 3
MSN-631 Adv Hlth & Physical Assessment 3
Advanced Nursing Theory I
and Clinical Nursing Practice III
MSN-755 Capstone 1 1
Third Year
MSN-629 Roles, Interprof Teams, Theories 2
MSN-770 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 3
MSN-775 Advanced Nursing Theory II 3
MSN-776 Nursing Clinical Practice IV 4
MSN-760 Capstone 2 1
 Total Credits79