Become a registered nurse in 18–21 months by leveraging your non-nursing bachelor’s degree through Marquette University’s Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program. With our accelerated second-degree program, you’ll graduate not only prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN, but with the academic foundation needed to pursue post-master’s education and certification in fields such as adult acute care, pediatric primary care and clinical nurse leadership. By offering two start dates a year, you can start working toward your nursing degree sooner — and at an accredited, nonprofit university known for producing top-quality nurses.


Learn nursing theory when it’s convenient for you via interactive, online coursework designed to accommodate diverse learning styles.


Our high-tech skills and simulation labs in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, provide you with hands-on experience in a safe, risk-free environment.


Gain diverse clinical experience at some of the top healthcare facilities in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.


Our dedicated faculty and staff are available to offer their full support throughout the program.

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Offering starts in January and August, you’ll be on your way to a career in nursing sooner with our Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program.



Blending online learning with labs and clinicals, you can learn nursing theory anytime, anywhere, while getting the hands-on skills and experience necessary to prepare you for a career in nursing.



With our second-degree MSN program, you can earn a master’s degree in nursing and be prepared to sit for the NCLEX in less than two years.

Our nursing school programs through the College of Nursing and Health are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), located at 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. CCNE is a national accreditation agency dedicated to the improvement of public health through confirmation of the effectiveness of baccalaureate- and graduate-level nursing programs.

Where you earn your nursing degree matters. At Marquette University, we’re proud to be accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six institutional accreditors in the United States. Additionally, our Direct Entry MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education for confirming the quality and integrity of nursing programs, and our College of Nursing meets the approval of the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing (BON).


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