MSN - Direct Entry

Have you been thinking about a career change?  Want to become part of the most trusted healthcare profession in the country? Carroll University’s new direct-entry graduate degree in nursing will provide you with the skills and experiences you need to become a Registered Nurse and thrive in the high-demand field of nursing. 

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Learn more about Carroll's Master of Science in Nursing Program

Carroll University’s Master of Science in Nursing - Direct Entry program is a 72-credit program, offered in 20 months or over five full-time semesters. The MSN-DE is open to anyone with a baccalaureate degree in an area other than nursing, once they have met the admission requirements and course prerequisites. The program’s 8-week hybrid courses mix online learning with labs and clinicals, designed around a consistent schedule to make your life easier.

Accelerated. Convenient. 

  • 8-week hybrid courses 
  • ​Didactic courses have an online component 
  • Didactic course and labs are held on Tuesday each week 
  • You’ll have one clinical day on either Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday throughout the program

Why a MSN-DE?:

  • The MSN-DE degree will offer you options for career advancement
  • ​There are options for post-graduate specialty certifications after you have obtained your MSN-DE degree and passed the NCLEX

State-of-the-art Facilities

Carroll University’s nursing program occupies space in two modern nursing lab facilities—the brand new Donald and Martha DeWees Nursing Simulation and Collaboration Hub and the newly renovated Henke Nursing Center— on our historic main campus in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Donald and Martha DeWees Nursing Simulation and Collaboration Hub

Located within Doug and Nancy Hastad Hall

  • Five simulation rooms with adjoining control and observation rooms.
  • State-of-the-art medical manikins and equipment.
  • Four debriefing pods.
  • Lecture space.
  • Large laboratory/examination area equipped with hospital beds and exam tables.

Henke Nursing Center

Located within Otteson Theatre and the Humphrey Memorial Chapel and Art Center

  • Nursing simulation laboratory.
  • Classroom space.
  • Computer lab.
  • Nursing faculty offices.

ProHealth Partnership

Carroll's Nursing Department is partnering with ProHealth Care to offer our clinical placements on Designated Educational Units (DEU) for our MSN-Direct Entry students. This is the first DEU opportunity for both Carroll and ProHealth Care, now taking place at ProHealth Care Waukesha and Oconomowoc campuses.

The DEU is a mutually beneficial clinical education model that allows students to work directly with the nursing staff, caring for patients with CU faculty – acting as ambassadors helping students and nursing staff.

Program Details

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Virtual Information Sessions 
Join faculty and admissions to learn more about the program and admission process. These meetings will be held using Microsoft Teams.

Friday, May 19, 2023 - 10:00 AM - RSVP Here
Wednesday, June 14, 2023 - 2:00 PM - RSVP Here
Thursday, August 17, 2023 - 11:30 AM - RSVP Here
Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 1:00 PM - RSVP Here
Friday, November 17, 2023 - 9:00 AM - RSVP Here

Campus Open House
Join us on campus to meet with faculty and tour our facilities
Wednesday, July 19, 2023 - 6:00PM - RSVP Here

Contact Carly Leigeber to learn more at or 262-524-7473 or schedule a meeting here.

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