Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing Program

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Inspired to make the switch to a career in nursing?

If you’ve earned a minimum of a conferred non-nursing bachelor’s degree, you can earn a master’s degree in nursing in as few as 20 months. The Direct Entry MSN program is designed for non-nursing majors and will prepare you to sit for the NCLEX exam required to become a practicing nurse.

For Career Changers with a Bachelor’s

In any field except nursing

Earn an MSN in Five Semesters

Graduate in as few as 20 months

Flexible Course Format

Online coursework + hands-on labs + clinical experience


Have a bachelor’s and want to change careers? Get ready to make a difference as a nurse in just five semesters with Lourdes University’s Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Our program prepares you for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and establishes the advanced educational foundation you’ll need to pursue advanced nursing practice certification or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) later in your career.

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Faculty member at Lourdes University teaching Direct Entry MSN students.

Why Earn Your Direct Entry MSN at
Lourdes University?

Lourdes University Direct Entry MSN student practicing with a manikin.

Focus on Holistic, Patient-Centered Care

Prepare to care for the whole patient with compassion and competence. Courses cover the needs of patient populations across the lifespan.

A faculty member and Direct Entry MSN student at Lourdes University practicing vitals.

Emphasis on Evidence-Based Practice

As a nurse with a master’s degree, you’ll enter the profession with an advanced understanding of nursing research—and how to apply it in practice.

Direct Entry MSN faculty at Lourdes University.

A Reputation for Excellence in Nursing Education

Since 1986, the Lourdes University College of Nursing has been training nurses with the skills to change lives, their communities and the profession for the better.

Direct Entry MSN students at Lourdes University.

An Inspirational Learning Community

Our clinically experienced faculty members will support you as a person and a professional as you launch your nursing career.