State Approved Accelerated MSN Programs

These days, there is a greater number of second-degree learners that are turning to nursing. This created a demand for accelerated programs that are supposed to fast-track baccalaureate and master's degree programs. Second-degree students are esteemed at a higher stage because they bring with them a wealth of knowledge, energy and experience; things that first-degree learners have yet to attain. 

According to the AACN or the American Association of Colleges Nursing, there are currently 85 accelerated MSN programs in the country. This substantial increase in the number of Accelerated MSN programs is needed to fill what is currently being demanded.

A Closer Look at the Accelerated MSN Program 

Nursing shortage, as it seems, is here to stay. This has given birth to the alleviated needs in accelerating the existing nursing programs. If accelerated BSN offers a quick transition from a different career to nursing; the Accelerated MSN program (also referred to as Direct Entry MSN program) offers an additional option for the non-nursing BS graduate. 

Program Overview

The curricula for Direct Entry Masters Programs usually consists of basic nursing courses in the first year of the program and moving on to include core graduate and specialization courses for the remaining period. These programs are intensive and fast paced in character combining theoretical classroom instruction with clinical coursework. Some program offer nursing courses online, or in hybrid classes while others offer evening/weekends but clinical rotations are invariably scheduled in intense programs that include working hours. 

Because of the intensity of the program, courses are being offered back-to-back without any break. The students’ rigorous schedule may hamper the possibility of working while schooling.

Some programs offer you a chance to leave the program with a BSN at the half way mark of the programs while others don’t but the first phase of the program will consist of the theoretical and clinical components covered by a traditional BSN program.

You will be required to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses before launching into graduate level courses. You may have the option of the completing advanced graduate level courses on a part time basis which will extend the time it takes to complete the program by an average of two semesters. 

Areas of specialization available to Direct Entry MSN students include clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse administrator, nurse leader, nurse midwife, psychiatric, nurse anesthetist etc.  You will usually be required to select your area of specialization at the time of application.

Admission Requirements

Direct Entry MSN programs generally have different requirements according to the institution running the programs. Most programs require at least 3.0 GPA in prior undergraduate courses, recommendation letters and personal interviews as part of the admission process. The quality of your previous course work and professional work experience can also reflect on your application.  Some of the more competitive programs will require you to submit GRE grades although this may be waived in some instances.

You will need to complete some combination of nursing pre-requisites including human anatomy/physiology, biology/microbiology, chemistry/biochemistry, behavioral sciences and statistics.

Financial Costs

Accelerated MSN programs usually have separate tuition schemes for the two parts of the program. Some institutions levy a flat rate for the pre-licensure phase of the program and transfer to post graduate rates in the second half. The total cost of the program will depend on the tuition rates of the institution running the program and the amount and level of pre-requisite coursework that you have already completed. Financial aid for accelerated nursing programs may be harder to come by but more and more employers are offering a tuition replacement program to graduates from such programs.

Scholarships may be available but are limited. One known scholarship is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation or RWJF New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Scholarship program. They have recently announced that they intend to award $10,000 to 400 students that are going to take accelerated programs. This is the best time to get started on your plan to enroll in an accelerated MSN program.

Prospects

Graduates from the Direct Entry MSN program are valued by employers who value the experience and more diverse set of skills they usually possess. Graduates from this program are also encouraged to fill the shortage in nursing faculty by becoming educators in the nursing field due to the wider experience and of achievement in the intensive program they bring.

 

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University


901 E Alosta
Azusa, CA 91702
(626) 969-3434

California Baptist University

California Baptist University


8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504
(951) 689-5771

California State University - Dominguez Hills

California State University - Dominguez Hills


1000 E Victoria St
Carson, CA 90747
(310) 243-3300

California State University - Fresno

California State University - Fresno


5241 N Maple Ave
Fresno, CA 93740
(559) 278-4240

California State University - Fullerton

California State University - Fullerton


800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831
(657) 278-2011

California State University - Long Beach

California State University - Long Beach


1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840
(562) 985-4111

California State University - Los Angeles

California State University - Los Angeles


5151 State University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 343-3000

California State University - Sacramento

California State University - Sacramento


6000 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 278-6011

Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science


The Charles R. Drew University School of Nursing granted initial full accreditation by both the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing [...]
1731 E 120th St
Los Angeles, CA 90059
(323) 563-4800

Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University


3100 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 869-6511

San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University


1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 338-1111

Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University


1801 E Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 664-2880

United States University

United States University


The United States University MSN-FNP program offers Registered Nurses who have a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science to upgrade professionally. The program is accredited by the Western [...]
1607 Hoover Ave
National City, CA 91950
(619) 477-6310 x2024

University of California - Los Angeles

University of California - Los Angeles


405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-4321

University of California - San Francisco

University of California - San Francisco

Online
The University of California Master of Science in Nursing program is intended to prepare leaders for advance roles as clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, administrator, nurse [...]
500 Parnassus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94143
(415) 476-9000

University of San Diego

University of San Diego

Part-time
The University of San Diego Master of Science emphasizes advanced focus in nursing in theory, practice and research. The faculty of the USD nursing program work to maintain strong research [...]
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 260-4600

University of San Francisco

University of San Francisco


2130 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-5555

Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences


309 E 2nd St
Pomona, CA 91766
(909) 623-6116

Yale University

Yale University


246 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06520
(203) 432-4771

Albany State University

Albany State University


504 College Dr.
Albany, GA 31705
(229) 430-4600

Armstrong Atlantic State University

Armstrong Atlantic State University


11935 Abercorn St
Savannah, GA 31419
(912) 344-2806

Brenau University

Brenau University

Hybrid Part-time
500 Washington Street SE
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 534-6299

Clayton State University

Clayton State University


2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, GA 30260
(678) 466-4000

Emory University

Emory University


408 Administration Building- 201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
(404) 727-6123

Georgia College & State University

Georgia College & State University


231 W Hancock Street
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 445-2770

Georgia Health Sciences University

Georgia Health Sciences University


1120 Fifteenth St
Augusta, GA 30912
(706) 721-0211

Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University


Hwy 301 South
Statesboro, GA 30460
(912) 478-5391

Georgia State University

Georgia State University


33 gilmer st
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 413-2000

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University


1000 Chastain Rd
Kennesaw, GA 30144
(770) 423-6000

North Georgia College & State University

North Georgia College & State University


82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597
(706) 864-1400

Thomas University

Thomas University


1501 Millpond Rd
Thomasville, GA 31792
(229) 226-1621

University of West Georgia

University of West Georgia


1601 Maple St
Carrollton, GA 30118
(678) 839-5000

Valdosta State University

Valdosta State University


1500 N Patterson
Valdosta, GA 31698
(229) 333-5800

University of Arizona

University of Arizona


The University of Arizona’s College of Nursing offers students the Master’s Entry to the Profession of Nursing (MEPN). This program is highly competitive and academically [...]
1401 E University
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 621-2211

University of Alabama - Birmingham

University of Alabama - Birmingham

Online
Administration Bldg Suite 1070
Birmingham, AL 35294
(205) 934-4011

University of South Alabama

University of South Alabama


307 N University Blvd
Mobile, AL 36688
(251) 460-6101

University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Hawaii at Manoa


2600 Campus Road- Hawaii Hall- Room 001
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-8975

DePaul University

DePaul University


55 E Jackson
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-8000

Millikin University

Millikin University


1184 W Main St
Decatur, IL 62522
(217) 424-6211

Rush University

Rush University


600 S. Paulina St. STE 440
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-7100

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago


601 S Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 996-7000

University of Iowa

University of Iowa


101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242
(319) 335-3500

University of Southern Maine

University of Southern Maine


96 Falmouth St
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 780-4141

University of Maryland - Baltimore

University of Maryland - Baltimore


520 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 706-3100

Boston College

Boston College


140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 552-8000

MGH Institute of Health Professions

MGH Institute of Health Professions


36 1st Avenue
Boston, MA 02129
(617) 726-3140

Northeastern University

Northeastern University


360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 373-2000

Regis College

Regis College


235 Wellesley St
Weston, MA 02493
(781) 768-7000

Salem State University

Salem State University


352 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 542-6000

Simmons College

Simmons College


300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 521-2000

University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester

University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester


55 Lake Ave North
Worcester, MA 01655
(508) 856-2000

Capella University

Capella University


225 South 6th Street- 9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(888) 227-3552

Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University


700 E Seventh St
Saint Paul, MN 55106
(651) 793-1212

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 625-5000

Saint Louis University - Main Campus

Saint Louis University - Main Campus


One Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63103
(314) 977-2222

University of New Hampshire - Main Campus

University of New Hampshire - Main Campus


105 Main St.- Thompson Hall
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-1234

Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University


400 S Orange Ave
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 761-9000

New Mexico State University - Main Campus

New Mexico State University - Main Campus


2850 Weddell Street
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(575) 646-0111

University of Rochester

University of Rochester


203 Wallis Hall
Rochester, NY 14627
(888) 822-2256

East Carolina University

East Carolina University


East 5th Street
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 328-6131

Montreat College

Montreat College


310 Gaither Circle- Box 1267
Montreat, NC 28757
(828) 669-8012

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University


10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 368-2000

College of Mount St. Joseph

College of Mount St. Joseph


5701 Delhi Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45233
(513) 244-4200

Ohio State University - Main Campus

Ohio State University - Main Campus


190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-6446

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus


2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-6000

University of Toledo - Health Science Campus

University of Toledo - Health Science Campus


3000 Arlington Avenue
Toledo, OH 43614
419.383.4000

Xavier University

Xavier University


3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207
(513) 745-3000

Oklahoma Baptist University

Oklahoma Baptist University


500 W University
Shawnee, OK 74804
(405) 275-2850

La Salle University

La Salle University


1900 W Olney Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19141
(215) 951-1000

Wilkes University

Wilkes University


84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
(570) 408-5000

University of Memphis

University of Memphis


11 Frissell Avenue
Memphis, TN 38152
(901) 678-2000

The University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee


527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996
(865) 974-1000

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University


2101 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37240
(615) 322-7311

The University of Texas - Austin

The University of Texas - Austin


1 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX 78712
(512) 471-3434

University of Vermont

University of Vermont


85 S Prospect St
Burlington, VT 05405
(802) 656-3131

Sentara College of Health Sciences

Sentara College of Health Sciences


1441 Crossways Blvd- Suite 105
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 388-2900

University of Virginia - Main Campus

University of Virginia - Main Campus


1827 University Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 924-0311

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University


910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284
(804) 828-0100

Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University


1010 122nd St So
Tacoma, WA 98447
(253) 531-6900

Seattle University

Seattle University


900 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 296-6000

University of Washington - Seattle Campus

University of Washington - Seattle Campus


1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-2100

Marquette University

Marquette University


615 N 11th St
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 288-7710

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee


2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-1122

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda University


11092 Anderson Street
Loma Linda, CA 92354
(909) 558-1400

Pace University - New York

Pace University - New York


The Accelerated Combined Degree Program consists of a BSN and a Master's degree and is designed for people with non-Nursing degrees to move into nursing career.
1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038
(212) 346-1200

Columbia University - New York

Columbia University - New York


West 116 St and Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-1754