Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing

Accelerate your time to becoming a nurse by exploring our direct entry masters degree.


Online Coursework

with in-person clinicals and labs


21-Month Program

to accelerate your path to nursing


New Program

Launched Fall 2021

Program Information

Viterbo's new direct entry MSN is an accelerated path that allows students with a prior baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing to progress through coursework in five semesters (21 months) leading to initial RN licensure. The program aligns with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) expectations for entry-level MSN graduates in that it will provide students with competencies in “organizational and systems thinking, quality improvement and safety, care coordination, interprofessional communication, and team-based care and leadership”. Ideal for those with a science-related undergraduate degree, this program can also be pursued with a non-science related degree with the addition of pre-requisite coursework. This program is delivered online, with in-person clinicals and labs each week throughout the program in the La Crosse region.

Questions about admissions? 

Reach out to Magdalen Kellogg  with questions mekellogg@viterbo.edu608-796-3028

Master of Science in Nursing-Direct Entry

This Master of Science in Nursing (Direct Entry - DE MSN) degree at Viterbo University received approval from The Higher Learning Commission to launch in fall 2021.  

The DE MSN program is a 63-credit-hour program that blends online coursework with residential clinical experiences.  Designed in an accelerated full-time format the program is a lock-step sequence cohort model. 


  • 46-credits of Nursing and Scholarly Research Project coursework online
  • 17 -credits of Clinicals and Skills Labs in-person in the La Crosse region throughout each semester
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