Direct Entry Master of Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader Milwaukee Student working with Patient and Clinical Instructor

A direct entry Master of Nursing (MN) program is designed for students who hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue an advanced degree in nursing.

This program is ideal for students who are interested in obtaining a master’s degree and becoming a clinical nurse leader.

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Certification Eligibility

Nursing certification is important to students, alumni and the health care facilities they work in.

Graduates of the UWM Master of Nursing program are eligible to take the Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL) Certification examination. CNLs are providers and managers of patient care. They design, implement and evaluate care by coordinating, delegating and supervising the services provided by their team, which includes licensed nurses, technicians and other health professionals.

About the Direct Entry Master of Nursing

The MN Direct Entry option admits students as a cohort, which allows relationships among peers and faculty to develop through the program. After 16 months, students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination, allowing students to work as registered nurses while completing the remaining MN credits.

Throughout our curriculum and time spent in the Nursing Learning Resource Center (NLRC), students will have a variety of clinical experiences providing a broad overview of all of the major specialties in which nurses work, as well as a variety of settings across the health care field. Students also have volunteer opportunities to expand their education.

MN graduates are eligible to take the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Certification examination.

Scholarships & Funding

We understand that financial support is important to every student. A variety of options are available to help students finance their education at UWM, including over $500,000 in nursing scholarships & funding awarded annually, as well as loans, grants, student employment, fellowships, military education benefits and more.

Fall Start, Full Time (3 years)

Year 1

Course TitleUWMCredits
Biostatistics and Applications in Nursing Practice NURS 7203
Health Assessment and PromotionNURS 6543
Foundations in Pathophysiology for Nursing PracticeNURS 6534
Nursing and Society*NURS 6804
Health Promotion PerspectivesNURS 7123
Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults INURS 6703
Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing PracticeNURS 6573
Clinical Reasoning*NURS 6855
Nursing Care of ChildrenNURS 6732
Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults IINURS 6713
Community HealthNURS 7173
Mental Health NursingNURS 6742
Professional Nursing Practicum *NURS 6863

Year 2

Course TitleUWMCredits
Nursing Care of Women and InfantsNURS 6722
Transformation into Professional PracticeNURS 6632
Professional Role in Health Care SystemsNURS 6813
Professional Nursing Practicum II*NURS 6884
Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare INURS 7253
Information Systems for Clinical Decision MakingNURS 7733
Physiological Basis of Advanced Nursing PracticeNURS 7533
Evidence Based Care ManagementNURS 7233
Outcomes and Quality ManagementNURS 7503
Comprehensive Assessment for Health Implications for Clinical Decision MakingNURS 7543

Year 3

Course TitleUWMCredits
Advanced Pharmacology: Application to Advanced Nursing PracticeNURS 7073
Leading and Managing in Systems of CareNURS 7093
Care Management Practicum (180 hours)NURS 7343
MN Residency II (300 hours)NURS 7893
Health PolicyNURS 8033
Transformation to LeadershipNURS 6991

Applicants must first apply to the Graduate School and include:

  • a nonrefundable application fee
  • unofficial transcripts from all schools attended (regardless of how long it may have been). Applicants will be required to submit official transcripts after an admission offer is accepted.
  • current resume
  • three references from people who are knowledgeable about your academic experience and potential for graduate study in nursing
  • International applicants must provide scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with some exceptions.
  • three-to-five-page, double-spaced personal statement addressing the following:
    • reasons for pursuing nursing as a career, specifically the CNL role
    • strengths you will bring to the profession
    • career goals
    • description of leadership, work and volunteer experience
    • life challenges or other information.


Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) to be considered for admission.

The following approved prerequisite coursework must be completed within the last five years with a minimum of “B” or better:

  • Statistics
  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Nutrition

While prerequisites do not need to be completed to apply to the program, they must be completed prior to the start of the program. We strongly encourage you to consult with an advisor prior to applying to discuss your plan for meeting the requirements.

The below courses are approved undergraduate statistics courses that qualify for the UW-Milwaukee Master of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program prerequisite.

University/CollegeCourseCourse Number
UW-MilwaukeeEducational Statistical Methods IED PSY 624
UW-MilwaukeeStatistics in the Health ProfessionsKIN 270
UW-MilwaukeeElementary Statistical AnalysisMTHSTAT 215
UW-MilwaukeePsychological StatsPSYCH 210
UWM at WaukeshaStatistical Methods in PsychologyCGS PSY 210
UWM at WaukeshaElementary StatisticsCGS MATH 215
Milwaukee Area Technical CollegeBasic StatisticsMATH 260
Madison CollegeBasic StatisticsMATH 240
UW Colleges OnlineStatistical Methods in PsychologyPYSCH 210
UW Colleges OnlineElementary StatisticsMATH 117
UW-Extension Independent Learning Elementary StatisticsU3600-246
UW-Green BayIntroductory StatisticsMATH 260
UW-LaCrosseElementary StatisticsMATH 145
UW-MadisonIntroduction to Statistical MethodsSTATS 301
UW-ParksidePsychological StatisticsPSYCH 250
UW-WhitewaterEducational StatisticsED FOUNDATIONS 482
Alverno CollegeProbability and StatisticsMGT 250 or BSC 256
Cardinal StritchApplied StatisticsMT 120
Carthage CollegeApplied Stats for Management and EconomicsBUS 2340
Jackson College (online)Introduction to Probability and StatisticsMATH 133
Lakeland CollegeProbability and StatisticsMAT 220
Marian UniversityIntro to Probability and StatisticsMAT 122
Marquette UniversityModern Elementary StatisticsMATH 1700
Marquette UniversityPsychological Measurements and StatisticsPSYC 2001
Marquette UniversitySocial StatisticsSOCI 2060
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February 1
(Fall start)

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The masters degree program in nursing at UW-Milwaukee is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education The program is also approved by the State of Wisconsin Board of Nursing.
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