A career in nursing is closer than you think with the accelerated Direct Entry MSN program from Marquette University. Offering starts in January and August, our unique second-degree program in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, allows you to use your non-nursing bachelor’s degree to earn a Master of Science in Nursing in just 18–21 months. You’ll graduate prepared to sit for the NCLEX from an accredited, nonprofit university. By earning an MSN, you’ll have the academic foundation required to pursue a post-degree certification in a wide variety of specialty areas, like Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. 


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.



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.


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).


Blending interactive, online learning with hands-on labs and real-world clinical practice in advanced healthcare settings, our Direct Entry MSN program allows you to earn your nursing degree in 18–21 months.

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If you have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing discipline and meet the additional admissions requirements, our Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program may be your path to a career in nursing.

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Conveniently located within an hour of Chicago and Milwaukee, our Pleasant Prairie learning site offers smaller cohorts, high-tech skills and simulation labs, and individualized faculty and staff support. 

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