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Master of Science in Nursing, Direct Entry

Change your career and learn to lead with an advanced nursing degree. 

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Master of Science in Nursing Overview

Nursing Grants available up to $7,500

If you hold a bachelor of science degree in another discipline and are looking for a career change that will allow you to make a difference, apply to the master of science in nursing, direct entry (MSN-DE) program at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) at Alliant International University. The direct entry master’s program allows students with a non-nursing bachelor's degree to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree even without first completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN program) degree. With the masters direct entry as an accelerated nursing program, you can build on your existing education and experience to prepare to sit for the NCLEX exam to earn your license as a registered nurse (RN). The comprehensive program is taught over six trimesters and takes two years to complete, giving you time to assimilate knowledge and gain valuable, hands-on clinical experience.

Advanced nursing practice can be a flexible job choice with opportunities to meet and work with all kinds of people. Some roles, such as a private family nurse practitioner or a clinical nurse leader, offer options for travel and part-time or full-time work. Jobs can be found in organizations from hospitals and clinics to schools, surgery centers, nursing care facilities, and more. An MSN degree provides a high level of knowledge, skills, and leadership opportunities in the field of health science.





  • Complete application
  • 3.0 GPA on HS/or College Transcripts
  • HESI Scores
    • Vocabulary: 78%
    • Reading: 78%
    • Biology: 72%
    • Anatomy and Physiology: 72%
  • Official transcripts


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Program Highlights

Hands-On, Real-World Training

The school has launched a state-of-the-art simulation center and lab in Phoenix, Arizona, which allows for hands-on practice through small class sizes, six simulation bays, and eight clinical beds. Small class sizes mean you’ll get plenty of time with your teachers, all of whom have experience in the health profession. 

Innovative Technology

When you enroll in the Direct Entry MSN program, you’ll receive an iPad Air pre-loaded with all the textbooks, test prep, modern nursing apps, and other resources you’ll need for your program. This is much like the technology nurses use every day.

Accreditation and Alignment

Alliant is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The MSN program curriculum aligns with the very latest American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials and focuses on helping you develop vital nursing competencies.

Enhanced Learning

Alliant is committed to delivering quality, student-centered nursing education and learning experiences using instructional methods that allow those with different learning styles to succeed.

State-of-the-Art School

SNHS is a brand-new nursing school and campus in Arizona and is part of Alliant International University. Alliant is an accredited, professional-practice university with a history of preparing students like you for licensed nursing careers.



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Degree Information

The SNHS offers new and innovative nursing programs that take advantage of the latest technologies in patient care. When you begin your nursing practice program, you’ll receive an iPad Air that is pre-loaded with a widely-used nursing app, much like what you will use as a nurse in the field. The tablet is loaded with all the textbooks and other study materials you’ll need to complete the program.

So that you fully understand the concepts and skills taught throughout your program, rather than extensive memorization, you’ll learn to think critically and use clinical reasoning on the job. As a nurse practitioner, you’ll also learn to collaborate with professionals in other nursing careers and healthcare providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for your patients.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, you’ll have been trained to:

  • Synthesize concepts from nursing and other disciplines to form the foundation of advanced professional nursing practice
  • Apply nursing leadership skills and sound clinical judgment to promote health, prevent disease, and coordinate care for individuals, families, populations, and systems
  • Promote patient and staff safety using the process of quality improvement within complex systems of health care
  • Apply current evidence and innovative technologies to enhance interprofessional collaboration, knowledge development, and clinical judgment
  • Analyze the impact of social, political, economic, and technological trends on nursing practice and healthcare delivery across the continuum of care
  • Incorporate professional values, legal requirements, ethical principles and cultural humility into nursing practice


Career Prospects for Graduates of Direct Entry MSN

Graduates of masters entry are trained to take a holistic view of patient care. A clinical nurse leader with RN licensure is qualified to handle care delivery and enhance patient outcomes and satisfaction. Depending on the situation, a nursing profession in this field may cover a variety of roles, such as:

  • Bedside clinician
  • Patient and staff educators
  • Healthcare team leader
  • Patient population manager
  • Quality improvement specialist

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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the degree program start?

The inaugural program begins in the fall of 2023 (September). In 2024 there will be a spring and fall start (January and September). 2025 will have three starts; spring, summer, and fall (January, May, and September).


How long does it take to complete the program?

The master of nursing program requires 78 credits over six trimesters or two years.


What is the modality of this program?

Prerequisites are offered online with courses available on 8-week cycles.


Where is the program located?

Our Campus in Phoenix, Arizona

If you are looking for a city that provides a remarkable education, an opportunity to meet new people, and an abundance of outdoor activities, Phoenix is the perfect place to call home. Additionally, it is home to the recently established School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Alliant International University.  

Our Phoenix  address is: 

3110 N Central Ave Suite G-125
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Parking is in the garage behind the building, 2nd floor.

Our hours are: 

9AM – 5PM Monday through Friday

Contact our Phoenix campus via phone at: (866) 825-5426


Why Study in Phoenix?

Phoenix, Arizona is a vibrant urban center that provides a plethora of opportunities for outdoor recreational activities, favorable weather conditions, and a thriving cultural milieu, thereby rendering it a perfect destination for both professional and academic pursuits. 

Nestled amidst mountains, Phoenix has a sprawling metropolitan area that offers ample opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. During winter, visitors can indulge in skiing or snowboarding at the nearby resorts, while summers offer the chance to enjoy water sports or watch a professional baseball game. The city boasts an abundance of parks and golf courses that allow people to play sports, picnic, and bask in the sun.  

Moreover, Phoenix is a treasure trove of museums, theaters, and galleries that are worth exploring. The city's surrounding areas are equally fascinating, with scenic attractions such as the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, the charming city of Sedona, and other natural wonders.  


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The School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) helps prepare students to  enter the field of healthcare with a state-of-the-art simulation center and lab, small class sizes, textbooks and other resources on an electronic tablet, and an AACN-aligned curriculum.


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