The Master of Science in Nursing: Entry into Practice, sometimes referred to as a “direct entry” program, is a full-time accelerated nursing program that prepares non-nurse college graduates of all academic backgrounds to become practicing nurses. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to take the nursing licensure exam NCLEX-RN to be licensed as an RN.

March 15

Application Deadline

Applications after the deadline may be considered as space allows; interviews for applications after the deadline TBD

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Why Earn an MSN at Iowa?

The entry into practice program prepares students to enter the healthcare workforce quickly. Class sizes are small and offer unparalleled educational excellence and clinical practice. Clinical placements and preceptors are secured for students to ensure quality and rigor of hands-on training of patient care, and students will gain experience through simulation and in a wide variety of clinical settings. As a master’s prepared nurse, you will be a healthcare professional with autonomy and enhanced bedside nursing education. Graduates may choose to enter the workforce immediately or apply to our doctoral programs.

This accelerated program is a bridge to graduate work for those interested in becoming a PhD-prepared nurse or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepared nurse practitioner. Students will have a shorter plan of study if pursuing the PhD or DNP. Click the hyperlinks to learn more about the PhD and DNP graduate tracks.

Accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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Approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing

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Mode of deliveryPredominantly face-to-face


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Class Size: 24



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Length: 20 months


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Application Deadline: March 15


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