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.
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.
MN Student Handbook (PDF)
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)
|Biostatistics and Applications in Nursing Practice||NURS 720||3|
|Health Assessment and Promotion||NURS 654||3|
|Foundations in Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice||NURS 653||4|
|Nursing and Society*||NURS 680||4|
|Health Promotion Perspectives||NURS 712||3|
|Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults I||NURS 670||3|
|Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing Practice||NURS 657||3|
|Clinical Reasoning*||NURS 685||5|
|Nursing Care of Children||NURS 673||2|
|Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults II||NURS 671||3|
|Community Health||NURS 717||3|
|Mental Health Nursing||NURS 674||2|
|Professional Nursing Practicum *||NURS 686||3|
|Nursing Care of Women and Infants||NURS 672||2|
|Transformation into Professional Practice||NURS 663||2|
|Professional Role in Health Care Systems||NURS 681||3|
|Professional Nursing Practicum II*||NURS 688||4|
|Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare I||NURS 725||3|
|Information Systems for Clinical Decision Making||NURS 773||3|
|Physiological Basis of Advanced Nursing Practice||NURS 753||3|
|Evidence Based Care Management||NURS 723||3|
|Outcomes and Quality Management||NURS 750||3|
|Comprehensive Assessment for Health Implications for Clinical Decision Making||NURS 754||3|
|Advanced Pharmacology: Application to Advanced Nursing Practice||NURS 707||3|
|Leading and Managing in Systems of Care||NURS 709||3|
|Care Management Practicum (180 hours)||NURS 734||3|
|MN Residency II (300 hours)||NURS 789||3|
|Health Policy||NURS 803||3|
|Transformation to Leadership||NURS 699||1|
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
- Graduate Record Exam results are required for applicants with an undergraduate degree below a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School. Exceptions will be made for applicants with a master’s degree who obtained a 3.2 or higher GPA as calculated by the Graduate School.
- 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:
- Anatomy & Physiology I
- Anatomy & Physiology II
- Human Growth and Development
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.
|UW-Milwaukee||Educational Statistical Methods I||ED PSY 624|
|UW-Milwaukee||Statistics in the Health Professions||KIN 270|
|UW-Milwaukee||Elementary Statistical Analysis||MTHSTAT 215|
|UW-Milwaukee||Psychological Stats||PSYCH 210|
|UWM at Waukesha||Statistical Methods in Psychology||CGS PSY 210|
|UWM at Waukesha||Elementary Statistics||CGS MATH 215|
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Basic Statistics||MATH 210|
|Madison College||Basic Statistics||MATH 240|
|UW Colleges Online||Statistical Methods in Psychology||PYSCH 210|
|UW Colleges Online||Elementary Statistics||MATH 117|
|UW-Extension Independent Learning||Elementary Statistics||U3600-246|
|UW-Green Bay||Introductory Statistics||MATH 260|
|UW-LaCrosse||Elementary Statistics||MATH 145|
|UW-Madison||Introduction to Statistical Methods||STATS 301|
|UW-Parkside||Psychological Statistics||PSYCH 250|
|UW-Whitewater||Educational Statistics||ED FOUNDATIONS 482|
|Alverno College||Probability and Statistics||MGT 250 or BSC 256|
|Cardinal Stritch||Applied Statistics||MT 120|
|Carthage College||Applied Stats for Management and Economics||BUS 2340|
|Jackson College (online)||Introduction to Probability and Statistics||MATH 133|
|Lakeland College||Probability and Statistics||MAT 220|
|Marian University||Intro to Probability and Statistics||MAT 122|
|Marquette University||Modern Elementary Statistics||MATH 1700|
|Marquette University||Psychological Measurements and Statistics||PSYC 2001|
|Marquette University||Social Statistics||SOCI 2060|