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Online Direct Entry MSN Program for Non-Nurses
Herzing University

Begin your new career path in nursing

Embrace a fulfilling, rewarding new career path in nursing while fully taking advantage of your prior college education. You can begin to work towards earning a master’s degree in nursing without first being an RN by enrolling in our online Direct Entry MSN program.

Our Direct Entry MSN program is designed for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing major.

  • Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: on your schedule, at your pace
  • Our adaptive learning approach allows students to engage with learning material in a variety of formats, facilitating engaging online interactions with immediate feedback
  • Class topics include Pathophysiology & Pharmacology, Scholarly Practice, Mental Health Nursing, Nursing Informatics and Healthcare Technology, Population Health, and much more
  • Access to extensive virtual services, including academic advising, tutoring, technical support, support services, and library services

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and become an MSN-prepared RN.

At Herzing University, we know nursing education—from entry-level to doctorate. We want to help you reach the highest levels on your nursing pathway quickly and successfully. Take the first step and become possible.

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Curriculum

Direct Entry MSN program classes & curriculum details

Due to the rigorous nature of the online direct entry MSN pathway, we implemented several benchmarks to ensure you’re on track to successfully complete the program and develop the knowledge and skills you need to excel as an RN.

The program includes multiple progression milestone exams, and an RN Exit Exam designed to fully prepare you to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

ProgramMonths2Credits
Master of Science in Nursing - Direct Entry20-2460-77

Students who meet the undergraduate general education requirements can complete the program in as little as 20 months (60 credits). For those who do not have the required undergraduate general education credits, this program is a minimum of 77 credits and can be completed in 24 months.

Tuition & Cost

20-242 months | 60-77 credits

$735 per credit tuition

You are worth it.

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Tuition & Cost

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculums and processes to make our MSN Direct Entry program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

With Herzing University, you are never alone, and we offer many options to help you invest in yourself and earn your master's degree. Financial aid options include:

Requirements

MSN Direct Entry enrollment requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing Direct Entry MSN program include:

Prior educationEvidence of graduation from a non-nursing bachelor’s degree program awarded by an accredited institution of higher education
Minimum GPAi3.0 GPA
Entrance testingAggregate score of 66 on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). No GRE required.
i. Students will be assessed on their collegiate cumulative GPA from either a non-nursing bachelor’s degree or master’s degree program.

Prerequisite courses

The following courses, or the equivalent, must be successfully completed prior to entry in the Master of Science in Nursing - Direct Entry core nursing courses:

Statistics3 credits
Anatomy & Physiology I4 credits; must earn “B” or better
Anatomy & Physiology II4 credits; must earn “B” or better
Chemistry3 credits
Microbiology3 credits

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Alternative entry points: if your GPA is too low, or you do not hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree, you may also consider several undergraduate nursing degree options. We offer programs at the bachelor’s, associate, and diploma levels—if you want to become a nurse, we offer a pathway to help you start your journey.

Job outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of registered nurses is expected to increase 9% from 2020-2030.*

Now is an excellent time to begin working towards becoming an RN with goals of advancing even higher.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) are also projected to be in very high demand in coming years. The BLS expects employment of nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners to increase at a rate of 45% over the same period—largely boosted by a 52% growth estimate for nurse practitioners.*

Careers

What can you do with an MSN?

The purpose of our Direct Entry MSN program is to fully prepare you to take the NCLEX-RN and become a Registered Nurse (RN).

The Direct Entry MSN pathway is designed to expedite the process for students who already hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.

While a master’s degree is not required to become an RN, a master’s-level education gives you a head start on advancing your nursing career.

Earning an MSN opens doors to many possibilities in advanced practice nursing. This is an opportunity for you to pursue graduate-level nursing pathways and minimize your cost and time.

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