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Master of Science in Nursing – direct entry

Use a Non-Nursing Bachelor’s Degree
to Earn a Master’s in Nursing

Our direct entry MSN program serves students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field, which makes it the best option for career changers looking to pursue an advanced career in nursing. The program is designed to accommodate distance education students with the majority of coursework completed online. You can earn your MSN in as little as 3 years from one of Utah’s leaders in nursing education.

Next Start Date: January 10, 2022

COVID-19 Update: Rising to the Challenge

Whether you are a current or prospective student, the world needs competent, well-trained healthcare professionals more than ever. Ameritech is committed to helping our students move forward in their education, while keeping our community safe as our first priority. Here’s what we’re doing to rise to the challenge:

Why Ameritech

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Complete your MSN Faster

You can enter a nursing profession with an advanced degree in less time than you think. The direct entry MSN program can be completed in as little as 3 years.

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Our direct entry MSN program requires a completed bachelor’s degree in any field with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. All other college requisites are built into the curriculum, making it easier to start the program sooner. Learn more about our admissions requirements 

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Flexible and Focused

The program offers the majority of coursework to be completed online. One-week clinical residencies occur during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th semesters at the Joyce Johnson Center of Simulation in Draper, Utah.1  On-campus courses are focused primarily on intensive hands-on training and simulation and online didactic courses to give students greater flexibility.

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Students may apply for licensure and may sit for NCLEX-RN examination after completing all prelicensure courses in as little as 5 semesters or 20 months.2

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High NCLEX Pass Rates

Ameritech is one of the largest and highest-performing registered nursing colleges in Utah with NCLEX pass rates consistently above state and national averages.3

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Career and Educational Advancement

A MSN degree provides you with the educational background needed to advance your nursing career more rapidly. Graduates will be ready to engage in nursing practice at an advanced level. A MSN is also the foundation for pursuing further education in research or practice-focused doctoral programs.

  • 1. Ameritech College of Healthcare strictly enrolls students in its Master of Science in Nursing – direct entry, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Accelerated BSN, distance education prelicensure programs, who are residents of Utah and Colorado. Clinical availability is at the discretion of Ameritech’s clinical partners and is subject to change.
  • 2. Ameritech College automatically awards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to Master of Science (direct-entry) degree-seeking nursing students who have completed all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. Master of Science in Nursing (direct-entry) students may sit for the NCLEX-RN at the completion of all requirements for a bachelor’s degree, typically after 5 semesters of coursework.
  • 3. Source: Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing 2020 NCLEX Pass Rates.

Our Nursing Simulation Center

To help our nursing students gain the hands-on skills needed to succeed in the healthcare field, our Draper campus features the Joyce Johnson Center of Simulation—packed with the latest medical technology including high-fidelity robotic patient mannequins, life-like synthetic cadavers, and realistic clinical environments.

Why Earn Your MSN Degree?

Earn a Great Living

Becoming a registered nurse is an excellent career path with numerous job prospects and room for growth over the life your career. In 2019, the median annual wage for a registered nurse was $73,300 a year with top earners bringing home more than $111,220 a year.1 Master degree-prepared nurses can expect to earn even more, with MSN, RN salaries ranging from $84,000 (25th percentile) to $130,500 (75th percentile) across the U.S.2

Strong Job Outlook

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow by 7% over the next 10 years versus just 4% for other occupations—and demand is expected to increase even more due to the aging baby boomer population. On average, an estimated 175,900 registered nurses will be hired nationwide each year between 2019 and 2029.

Make a Career Helping Others

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

Maximize Growth Potential

With an MSN degree, you may become eligible for higher-paying jobs with more responsibility, including leadership, management, and teaching positions. You may 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 will 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.

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Next Start Date: January 10, 2022

Our direct entry MSN program offers three enrollment periods annually, with our next start date being January 10th. 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 nursing colleges, we are 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 are here to ensure that our nursing graduates enter the workforce confidently, competently, and ready to succeed on day one.

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Small Class Sizes

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

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Excellent Facilities

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

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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.

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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.

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Job Placement Assistance

We offer dedicated career placement services to help transition successfully from student to working professional.

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

3 years(8 semesters)


Ameritech’s Draper Campus & Online

Required Clinical Hours


The granting of the Master of Science in Nursing degree from Ameritech College of Healthcare requires a total of 155 credit hours which is comprised of 60 hours of transfer credit from previous baccalaureate education and 95 credit hours of core courses. The program consists of 8 semesters in a blended (combination of on-ground and online) format. Coursework consists of lecture, lab, and clinical training, with online asynchronous lectures and intensive clinical components during required residencies. During these residencies, students should expect to attend clinical rotations during morning, afternoon, and evening hours, including weekends and holidays. These commitments may include 12-hours shifts and specific schedules cannot be guaranteed. In the post-licensure portion of the curriculum, students will work closely with faculty to develop and an individualized practicum in case management and population health.  Students will develop a capstone project implemented through fieldwork experiences.

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

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The master’s degree program in nursing at Ameritech College of Healthcare is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


Semester 1 
BIO 305 Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice6
BIO 315 Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice5
NUR 335 Introduction to Nursing and Evidence-Based Practice3
Total Semester Credits14
Residency and Clinical Requirements
Semester 2 
NUR 345 Essentials of Nursing I: Understanding Nursing Practice5
NUR 365 Pharmacological Principles3
NUR 325 Statistics for Nursing Practice4
Total Semester Credits12
Residency and Clinical Requirements
Semester 3 
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
Total Semester Credits13
Residency and Clinical Requirements
Semester 4 
NUR 395 Care of the Adult Client6
NUR 445 Care of the Childbearing Family6
Total Semester Credits12
Residency and Clinical Requirements
Semester 5 
NUR 455 Care of the High Acuity Client2
NUR 475 Transition to Nursing Practice and Leadership6
NUR 495 NCLEX Testing Orientation1
Total Semester Credits9
Residency and Clinical Requirements

Ameritech College automatically awards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to Master of Science (direct-entry) degree-seeking nursing students who have completed all requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. Master of Science in Nursing (direct-entry) students may sit for the NCLEX-RN® at the completion of all requirements for a bachelor’s degree, typically after 5 semesters of coursework.

Post-Licensure Portion of the Program

The post-licensure portion of the program blends online and select clinical experiences—giving our students greater flexibility as they begin their nursing career.

Semester 6 
NUR 505 Nursing Management of Clinical Outcomes4
NUR 515 Advanced Health Care Research4
NUR 525 Advanced Issues in Nursing Leadership4
Total Semester Credits12
Semester 7 
NUR 605 Health Care Systems, Technology, and Finance4
NUR 615 Global Health Disparities4
NUR 625 Disaster Management4
Total Semester Credits12
Semester 8 
NUR 635 Case Management and Nursing Practice4
NUR 645 Advanced Population Health4
NUR 655 Capstone3
Total Semester Credits11

Students will receive a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree on completion of the above coursework and meeting all graduation requirements.

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

Committed to Our Nursing Students’ Success



NCLEX-RN Exam Pass Rate1


  • 1. 2020 NLCEX Pass Rates
  • (Note: Pass rate reflects all Ameritech nursing graduates who took the NCLEX-RN examination in 2020. The direct entry MSN did not have a graduating class in 2020.)

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrates a fuller understanding of the discipline of nursing in order to engage in higher level practice and leadership in a variety of settings
  • 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

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

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.”

Lisa Harper, PhD, RN, BSN, MSN
Dean of Nursing
Ameritech College of Healthcare

Frequently Asked Questions

The MSN, which stands for Master of Science in Nursing, is an advanced nursing degree. With our direct entry MSN program, you can use a bachelor’s degree, in a non-nursing field, towards a Master’s in Nursing degree in as little as 3 years. Visit our program page to learn more.

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Our direct entry MSN program is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. Our MSN program is the best option for career changers looking to pursue an advanced career in nursing. You can earn your Master’s degree in as little as 3 years. After spending 20 months in the program and passing the NCLEX-RN, you can start work as a registered nurse, enjoying a rewarding career. 

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With our MSN program, 60 credits from your previous bachelor’s degree can be applied towards a Master of Science in Nursing—allowing you to complete your MSN degree in as little as 3 years, with no previous nursing experience required. Learn more at our program page here.

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The first and final semester of our MSN program are taken 100% online, with no classroom time required – giving our students greater flexibility. However, you have to come to our Draper, Utah campus for lab/clinicals several times during the program. Learn more about curriculum here.

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For complete tuition and fee information, please visit our financial aid page here.

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According to, Master degree-prepared nurses can earn salaries ranging from $80,000 (25th percentile) to $134,000 (75th percentile) across the U.S

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Our future semesters will begin and end as scheduled, but with additional precautions in place. Please see the COVID-19 Update page here.

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