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Master’s Degree in Nursing (Direct Entry)

The Education You Need to Become a Nursing Leader

Designed for students with a Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field, our Direct Entry MSN program offers an accelerated path to those looking to change careers and pursue a leadership role in nursing. You can earn your Master’s degree in just 32 months from one of Utah’s leaders in nursing education.

Next Start Date: May 11, 2020

Why Ameritech

Earn Your MSN Degree Faster

With our unique, accelerated program, 60 credits from your previous Bachelor’s degree can be applied towards a Master’s of Science in Nursing—allowing you to complete your MSN degree in just 32 months, with no previous nursing experience required.

Start Your RN Career Sooner

Our goal is to get you into a nursing career as quickly as possible. That’s why after just 20 months, you’ll be ready to take the NCLEX exam and start work as a registered nurse. Then, you can complete the remainder of your MSN degree online, on your own schedule.

Flexible Program

Combining speed with academic excellence, our MSN program offers a blend of on-campus courses for intensive, hands-on training and simulation, as well as online classes for greater flexibility. With your first and final 3 semesters taken 100% online, you can balance your education with the rest of your life.

Focused Curriculum

Our MSN program curriculum features a unique emphasis on population health and case management—helping you gain additional nursing skillsets and providing you with access to more career and specialization opportunities.

No Prerequisites Required

Our Direct Entry MSN program does not require any prerequisites for admission, beyond having a Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. Learn more about our admissions requirements.

High NCLEX Pass Rates

We’re committed to helping our students succeed—with one of highest NCLEX pass rates in Utah and scores consistently above state and national levels. In fact, 90.36% of Ameritech nursing students pass their exam the first time1 vs. the national average of just 85.11%.2

Advance Your Career Quickly

Our MSN program delivers the educational background you need to advance your nursing career quickly. Upon graduating, you’ll be ready to engage in nursing practice at the bedside, as well as move into management and teaching roles. You’ll also be prepared for research or practice-focused doctoral programs if you choose to continue your education.

Why Earn Your MSN Degree?

Earn a Great Living

Becoming a registered nurse is an excellent career path with numerous job prospects, room for growth, and a reliable salary. In 2018, the median annual wage for a registered nurse was $71,730 a year with top earners bringing home more than $106,530 a year.1 Master degree-prepared nurses can expect to earn even more, with MSN, RN salaries ranging from $80,000 (25th percentile) to $134,000 (75th percentile) across the U.S.2

Strong Job Outlook

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow by 12% over the next 10 years vs. just 5% for all other occupations—with 371,500 registered nurses estimated to be hired nationwide between 2018-2028.1

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Make a Career Helping Others

As a nurse, you’ll make a living helping others and serve as a valuable member of a patient’s medical care team. You’ll make a difference and help save lives, while enjoying a satisfying and rewarding career for years to come.

Maximize Growth & Earning Potential

With an MSN degree, you’ll become eligible for higher paying jobs with more responsibility, including leadership, management, and teaching positions. You’ll also have greater opportunities for professional advancement outside of basic clinical care, including specialties like pediatrics, gynecology, surgery, oncology, diabetes, psychiatry, and more.

Become Eligible for Advanced Degrees

With an MSN degree, you’ll become eligible for more advanced degrees, including those for the highest paying nursing jobs: nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, and more. Whatever path you choose, an MSN degree empowers you with the skills you need to pursue your educational and career goals.

Next Start Date: May 11, 2020

Our Direct Entry MSN program offers three enrollment periods annually, with our next start date being May 11th. Given high-demand for the program and limited spots, we recommend that you apply as early as possible.

Learn from Utah’s Healthcare Leaders

As one of Utah’s largest and highest-performing nursing colleges, we’re proud to have helped thousands of students graduate and launch successful careers as registered nurses. From our hands-on training to our experiential learning environments, we’re here to ensure that our nursing graduates enter the workforce confidently, competently, and ready to succeed on day one.

Small Class Sizes

Our Direct Entry MSN program cohort sizes are very small, allowing you to build relationships with our experienced, supportive faculty and gain the personal attention you need to become a successful nurse leader.

Excellent Facilities

Our Draper campus offers MSN students an ideal learning environment with real-life clinical environments, a state-of-the-art simulation center, and a dynamic, relevant curriculum.

Hands-on, Experiential Learning

Our hands-on MSN program provides you with the real world experience needed to be a competent registered nurse on the day you graduate—with the skills you need to build a lasting nursing career.

Easy-to-Use Online Learning Platform

The online portion of our MSN program is offered using the easy and intuitive Canvas Learning Management System. With this user-friendly, fully-integrated platform, your classroom, library, and online education resources are just one click away.

Job Placement Assistance

Our dedicated career services provide students with job placement assistance, giving you an indispensable resource for new employment opportunities.

Our MSN Program At-A-Glance

155 Total Credit Hours

(60 hours of transfer credit from previous baccalaureate education and 95 credit hours of core courses)

Degree Level

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Program Length

32 months (8 semesters)

Location

Ameritech’s Draper Campus & Online

Required Clinical Hours

435

Our Direct Entry MSN program provides an opportunity for students to learn theory and practical application through lecture, laboratory, patient simulation, and clinical experiences. The first 5 semesters of the program will prepare students for registered nurse licensure and bedside practice. After the first 5 semesters, students will be awarded a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Some courses are offered 100% online, while others are offered through a blended method (partially online, partially onsite). Following the prelicensure coursework, students will prepare for advanced levels of nursing leadership and practice and the completion of a capstone course with fieldwork experience emphasizing the integration of evidence-based practice into holistic nursing care.

For more detailed information about our academic programs, please download our College Catalog.

Accreditation

The Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Ameritech College of Healthcare is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036 Phone: (202) 887-6791

Curriculum

Semester 1 
Total Semester Credits14
CourseCredits
NUR 305 Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice6
NUR 315 Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice5
NUR 335 Introduction to Nursing and Evidence-Based Practice3
Semester 2 
Total Semester Credits12
CourseCredits
NUR 345 Essentials of Nursing I: Understanding Nursing Practice5
NUR 365 Pharmacological Principles3
NUR 325 Data-Driven Statistics4
Semester 3 
Total Semester Credits13
CourseCredits
NUR 355 Essentials of Nursing II: Care of Clients and Communities6
NUR 425 Quality, Safety, and Technology in Nursing4
NUR 375 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing3
Semester 4 
Total Semester Credits12
CourseCredits
NUR 395 Care of the Adult Client6
NUR 445 Care of the Childbearing Family6
Semester 5 
Total Semester Credits9
CourseCredits
NUR 455 Care of the High Acuity Client2
NUR 475 Transition to Nursing Practice and Leadership6
NUR 495 NCLEX Review1

Upon completing prelicensure coursework, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination.

Online Portion of the Program

The first and final three semesters of our MSN program are taken 100% online, with no classroom time required—giving our students greater flexibility.

Semester 6 
Total Semester Credits12
CourseCredits
NUR 505 Nursing Management of Clinical Outcomes4
NUR 515 Advanced Health Care Research4
NUR 525 Advanced Issues in Nursing Leadership4
Semester 7 
Total Semester Credits12
CourseCredits
NUR 605 Health Care Systems, Technology, and Finance4
NUR 615 Global Health Disparities4
NUR 625 Disaster Management4
Semester 8 
Total Semester Credits11
CourseCredits
NUR 635 Capstone I4
NUR 645 Capstone II4
NUR 655 Capstone III3

At the end of semester 8, graduates will receive a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree.

*This sample schedule is for illustrative purposes only. Not every student will complete classes in the same order.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of their program of study, Ameritech MSN students will be able to:

  • Build collaborative, interprofessional healthcare teams to address gaps in population health
  • Synthesize research, critical thinking, and knowledge to support evidence-based case management and other approaches to population health
  • Design innovative, holistic plans of care as an advocate for the health and well-being of diverse communities
  • Lead the delivery of competent, safe, quality, and outcome-centered care that utilizes technology, builds upon research, and optimizes healthcare resources to serve diverse people, families, and communities
  • Advance professional excellence through ongoing preparation for licensure, certification, doctoral studies, and lifelong learning

Committed to Our Nursing Students’ Success

 

90.36%

NCLEX-RN Exam Pass Rate1

 

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Employment Outcomes For Ameritech Nursing Graduates

Ameritech’s nursing graduates are employed by a variety of industries and employers.

Diverse Industries1:

  • Home Health
  • Long Term Care
  • Acute Care (ED, ICU, OB, Medical, SDS, Pediatrics, etc.)
  • Public Health
  • Telehealth
  • Nursing Homes
  • Care Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Physician Office
  • Private Homes
  • Insurance Companies

Utah’s Major Hospitals2:

  • Intermountain Healthcare (Primary Children’s Hospital, Utah Valley Regional Hospital, Intermountain Medical Center, American Fork Hospital, and many others)
  • University of Utah
  • Steward Medical Group
  • Utah State Developmental Center
  • Utah State Prison
  • Davis Hospital
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Credentialing & Employment

Ameritech MSN graduates are prepared to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader certification examination. When graduates successfully pass this exam (along with the NCLEX-RN), they can use the title MSN, RN.

Our MSN Program Faculty

Our MSN faculty are highly experienced and specialized professionals, ready to empower you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a successful nurse.

Statement from Our Dean of Nursing

“In the healthcare world of today, nurses are increasingly required to master complex sources of knowledge and attain practice skills that serve diverse people, families, and communities. In addition, nurses are faced with understanding and appreciating how advances in technology and cutting-edge nursing research can be leveraged to improve healthcare for all. MSN level nursing prepares you for the challenges of multifaceted practice today, as well for the emerging healthcare needs of those you will serve in the future. MSN education allows you to take advantage of new and expanded opportunities in advanced practice nursing. Ameritech’s Direct Entry MSN program provides a focus on population health and case management skills that are necessary to be successful in providing exceptional nursing care in the evolving healthcare systems of today and tomorrow. The graduate nursing faculty of Ameritech College of Healthcare is devoted to supporting you on your journey to higher levels of education.”

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W. Richard Cowling, III, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, ANEF, FAAN
Dean of Nursing & MSN Program Director
Ameritech College of Healthcare