University of Alabama - Birmingham Online

Administration Bldg Suite 1070
Birmingham, AL 35294

University of South Alabama

307 N University Blvd
Mobile, AL 36688

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 [...]

Azusa Pacific University

901 E Alosta
Azusa, CA 91702

California Baptist University

8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504

California State University - Fullerton

800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831

California State University - Long Beach

1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840

California State University - Los Angeles

5151 State University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90032

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 [...]

Samuel Merritt University

3100 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132

Sonoma State University

1801 E Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

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 [...]

University of California - Los Angeles

405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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 [...]

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 [...]

University of San Francisco

2130 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94117

Loma Linda University

11092 Anderson Street
Loma Linda, CA 92354

Yale University

246 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06520

Albany State University

504 College Dr.
Albany, GA 31705

Armstrong Atlantic State University

11935 Abercorn St
Savannah, GA 31419

Brenau University Hybrid Part-time

500 Washington Street SE
Gainesville, GA 30501

Clayton State University

2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, GA 30260

Emory University

408 Administration Building- 201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322

Georgia College & State University

231 W Hancock Street
Milledgeville, GA 31061

Georgia Health Sciences University

1120 Fifteenth St
Augusta, GA 30912

Georgia Southern University

Hwy 301 South
Statesboro, GA 30460

Georgia State University

33 gilmer st
Atlanta, GA 30303

Kennesaw State University

1000 Chastain Rd
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Thomas University

1501 Millpond Rd
Thomasville, GA 31792

University of West Georgia

1601 Maple St
Carrollton, GA 30118

Valdosta State University

1500 N Patterson
Valdosta, GA 31698

University of Hawaii at Manoa

2600 Campus Road- Hawaii Hall- Room 001
Honolulu, HI 96822

DePaul University

55 E Jackson
Chicago, IL 60604

Millikin University

1184 W Main St
Decatur, IL 62522

Rush University

600 S. Paulina St. STE 440
Chicago, IL 60612

University of Iowa

101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242

University of Southern Maine

96 Falmouth St
Portland, ME 04103

(207) 780-4141

University of Maryland - Baltimore

520 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Boston College

140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

MGH Institute of Health Professions

36 1st Avenue
Boston, MA 02129

(617) 726-3140

Northeastern University

360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

Regis College

235 Wellesley St
Weston, MA 02493

Salem State University

352 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 01970

Simmons College

300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

Capella University

225 South 6th Street- 9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402

(888) 227-3552

Metropolitan State University

700 E Seventh St
Saint Paul, MN 55106

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Saint Louis University - Main Campus

One Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63103

University of New Hampshire - Main Campus

105 Main St.- Thompson Hall
Durham, NH 03824

Seton Hall University

400 S Orange Ave
South Orange, NJ 07079

New Mexico State University - Main Campus

2850 Weddell Street
Las Cruces, NM 88003

University of Rochester

203 Wallis Hall
Rochester, NY 14627

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.

Columbia University - New York

West 116 St and Broadway
New York, NY 10027

East Carolina University

East 5th Street
Greenville, NC 27858

Montreat College

310 Gaither Circle- Box 1267
Montreat, NC 28757

Case Western Reserve University

10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

College of Mount St. Joseph

5701 Delhi Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45233

Ohio State University - Main Campus

190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus

2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45221

University of Toledo - Health Science Campus

3000 Arlington Avenue
Toledo, OH 43614


Xavier University

3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207

Oklahoma Baptist University

500 W University
Shawnee, OK 74804

La Salle University

1900 W Olney Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19141

Wilkes University

84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

(570) 408-5000

University of Memphis

11 Frissell Avenue
Memphis, TN 38152

University of Tennessee - Health Science Center

62 S. Dunlap. Room 400
Memphis, TN 38163

The University of Tennessee

527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996

Vanderbilt University

2101 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37240

The University of Texas - Austin

1 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX 78712

University of Vermont

85 S Prospect St
Burlington, VT 05405

Sentara College of Health Sciences

1441 Crossways Blvd- Suite 105
Chesapeake, VA 23320

(757) 388-2900

University of Virginia - Main Campus

1827 University Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Virginia Commonwealth University

910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284

Pacific Lutheran University

1010 122nd St So
Tacoma, WA 98447

Seattle University

900 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

University of Washington - Seattle Campus

1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98195

Marquette University

615 N 11th St
Milwaukee, WI 53233

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53201

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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.


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.