Marquette University Direct Entry MSN Program
  • How the Direct Entry MSN Program Works

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    If you have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and you want to transition into nursing, Marquette University’s Direct Entry MSN program near Kenosha, Wisconsin could be the right fit for you. It’s accelerated, accredited, and incorporates a blended online learning model that has proven to be successful for our nursing students.

    Most prospective students want to know how the Direct Entry MSN program works. It takes a comprehensive learning approach so you can continue to build you knowledge and then put it into practice.

    “It’s a great balance between lecture, lab, and in-person clinicals with real patients,” says Shelby, a student in the Direct Entry MSN program.

    From online learning, to hands-on experience in labs and clinical rotations, here is a step by step look at exactly how the Direct Entry MSN program works.

    Online Learning

    Online courses allow students to learn about advanced nursing concepts on their time, while still adhering to deadlines.

    “I love it,” says Ruben, Class of 2018. “With this online program, you’re able to watch your lectures online, pause at any time, take a break, come back, rewind and watch a prior slide. It allows me to set my own pace.”

    It’s not just about the flexibility, it’s also the access that makes online learning a great benefit to nursing students.

    “What’s great about online is since you have access to everything – you can get ahead when you want to,” says Kassie, a Direct Entry MSN student.

    It’s also important to know that just because you are completing coursework online, it does not mean you are alone.

    “I was terrified of the online portion but I quickly learned with Marquette’s Direct Entry MSN program you don’t feel like you’re online at all,” says Rachel, a Direct Entry MSN student. “The teachers make themselves so available.”

    Skills Labs

    Once you complete your lessons online, you put them into in-person practice during skills and simulations labs. The lab site near Kenosha, Wisconsin, features state-of-the-art equipment to simulate a real hospital setting - expect instead of real patients, students practice their skill son high fidelity manikins, which are high tech patient simulators.

    “The first couple of weeks we’re learning basic skills, how to put on sterile gloves, which equipment do you need to use, like how to wash your hands” says Kassie.
    Simulation Lab
    Marquette’s Direct Entry MSN program has simulation labs built into the curriculum especially in the second and third semesters. In sim lab, students gain practice treating patients in diverse experiences - in a safe environment. This helps prepare them for dealing with real-world situations during clinical rotations at top hospitals.
    “You walk into the lab and a sim manikin is the patient – they actually talk back to you,” says Shelby. “You assess them like a regular patient.”

    Clinical Rotations

    Marquette’s Direct Entry MSN program offers diverse clinical experience in healthcare facilities throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Students will gain a breadth of different experiences at different facilities in different types of units – from orthopedics to med-surg to oncology to ICU, along with observational experiences in the operating room and outpatient clinics.
    “Clinicals have been awesome,” says Ruben. “It’s my favorite part of the whole program.”

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