If you already have a bachelor's degree but are not as satisfied with your career path as you’d like to be, you may consider entering nursing school through the Direct Entry MSN or an Accelerated MSN program. More Wisconsin universities now offer this option, as they are aware of the positive outcome more highly educated nurses have on the nursing shortage.
To find the Direct Entry Master’s programs in Wisconsin that may work for you, contact the schools on this site and request more information. Once you’ve had the chance to compare your options, you can then select the nursing school in Wisconsin that is best for you.
Nursing can be a very rewarding career, which can have a positive effect on your life. When you choose to return to school to become a nurse with a master's degree, there are a variety of areas of practice from which you may choose. Some students choose non-direct care nursing roles such as nursing informatics, clinical research or nursing leadership. Other students seek the direct care roles and choose to become a nurse practitioner, a nurse midwife, or a Clinical Nurse Leader.
Marquette University offers a Direct Entry MSN program you may be interested in. This is a 75 credit hour program, and it builds upon your previous educational preparation. You can expect an intense, accelerated and also specialized program that will prepare you to take the NCLEX examination once you have completed 63 credits. You will earn the MSN degree once you've completed all 75 credits.
The admission requirements for this program, and many like it, include:
- Baccalaureate degree - official transcripts of all college work
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Three recommendation forms; letters of reference are strongly encouraged
- Updated resume
- Written statement and professional goals; must include reasons for pursuing graduate study. Limited to two double–spaced pages.
- Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better:
- Human anatomy and physiology (5-6 credits)
- Chemistry or biochemistry or biology or microbiology (5-6 credits)
- Nutrition for Health Sciences
- Behavioral Sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology)
- Statistics (including inferential)
A typical course plan for a Direct Entry program in Nursing is comprised of many different nursing classes. They may include some or all of the following:
- Foundations I: Health Assessment & Fundamentals
- Foundations II: Health Assessment and Fundamentals
- Research and Evidence as a Foundation for Nursing
- Pathophysiology Concepts for Advance Nursing Practice
- Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing Practice
- Nursing Concepts and Intervention, Adult/Older Adult I
- Family–Centered Nursing of Children
- Concepts and Intervention – Promotion of Mental Health
- Quality and Patient Safety
- Nursing Care for Patients with Chronic Conditions
- Maternity Nursing and Women's Health
- Nursing Concepts and Intervention, Adult/Older Adult II
- Informatics, Technological and Professional Issues
- Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum
Accelerated master’s in nursing students in this program must complete 63 credits, pass the NCLEX exam and get their Wisconsin Registered Nursing license before beginning clinical practice courses.
After graduation from this specific MSN program you are eligible to take the (CNL) Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Examination, which is offered by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. When the CNL exam is administered at a school of nursing setting the fee is $345, and if it is administered at a testing center the fee is $410. The role of the Clinical Nurse Leader is a newer nursing role that has been developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in collaboration with leaders from education and practice areas. A CNL oversees patient care coordination and will actively provide direct patient care in more complex types of situations.
The University of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee also has a Direct Entry program for students with a degree in a field other than nursing who is not licensed as a Registered Nurse. This program takes 15 months to complete before you are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. The program is also for designed for the Clinical Nurse Leader.
There are different options available for direct entry master’s programs, some of which may offer online options as well. You can find all of the options available to you and request information about them directly from our site. Researching the different accelerated MSN programs is the first best step in choosing the nursing program that is right for you.
If you are concerned about paying for school, be sure to visit the Financial Aid Office at your university and complete a FAFSA application, which is a government grant program. Wisconsin also has a Financial Loan Program for Wisconsin residents that are graduate students. The maximum award is $3000 annually, and the student must agree to be employed as a licensed nurse in Wisconsin.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded 52 schools of nursing for the 2014-2015 school year grants to support underrepresented students who are making a switch to nursing through the accelerated baccalaureate or the MSN program. Students will receive a $10,000 scholarship and other support to assist them with the demands of an accelerated program.
This is an ideal time to enter the nursing field as there is a significant nursing shortage, so a career in nursing almost guarantees full-time employment, and you will probably find nursing to be a very satisfying career choice. Entering the nursing profession at the graduate level can position you as a leader in the field. Take time to learn more today about your options.