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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

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. With this degree 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 semesters and takes two years to complete, giving you time to assimilate knowledge and gain valuable, hands-on clinical experience. 

Nursing can be a flexible job choice with opportunities to meet and work with all kinds of people. Some roles offer options for travel and part-time or full-time work, and jobs can be found in organizations from hospitals and clinics to schools, surgery centers, and more. An MSN degree provides a high level of knowledge and skills, leadership opportunities, and offers an accelerated path to other certifications. 

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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 field. 

Innovative Technology

When you enroll in the program, you’ll receive an electronic tablet 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 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 learning experiences using instructional methods that allow those with different learning styles to succeed. 

State-of-the-Art School

SNHS is a brand-new 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 positions.



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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 program, you’ll receive an electronic tablet 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. You’ll also learn to collaborate with other 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 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

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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 semesters or two years.


What is the modality of this program?

General education and non-clinical courses are offered online; clinical courses are offered at our new campus in Phoenix, Arizona.


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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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