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. 

Virtual Info Sessions

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

Discover the Donald and Martha DeWees Nursing Simulation and Collaboration Hub

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.

Program Details

Learn More

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

Attend a Graduate Open House 

Visit campus to learn about the program from faculty and students.

Contact Carly Leigeber at or 262-524-7473 for more details.

Meet the Faculty

Lisa Brandt, DNP, APNP, FNP-BC

Lisa Brandt, DNP, APNP, FNP-BC

Lecturer of Nursing
April Folgert PHD, MSN, RN

April Folgert PHD, MSN, RN

Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing
Dr. Jamie Hansen

Dr. Jamie Hansen

Clinical Professor of Nursing
Dr. Teresa Kaul, APRN-CNP

Dr. Teresa Kaul, APRN-CNP

Chair of the Department of Nursing / Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing
Dr. Karie Ruekert Kobiske

Dr. Karie Ruekert Kobiske

Clinical Associate Professor - MSN Program Director

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Panoramic View of campus