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Master of Science in Nursing (Direct Entry)

Gain the Education Needed to Become a Nursing Leader.

Designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field, our Direct Entry MSN program is the best option for career changers wanting pursue an advanced career in nursing. Become a master degree-prepared nurse in under 32 months—with no prerequisites required.

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020

Why Ameritech

At Ameritech, our mission is to prepare people to serve as competent healthcare professionals, to advance their careers, and to pursue lifelong learning.
Learn what that means for you:

Complete Your MSN Faster

Our Direct Entry MSN is the first of its kind in Utah. Bring your bachelor’s degree in any non-nursing field and complete your MSN in under 32 months. Because Ameritech nursing programs are known for their quality and speed, students qualify for RN licensure after the first 5 semesters (20 months) of the program.

Get Licensed

After the first 5 semesters of the program (20 months), all prelicensure courses will be completed, a BSN is awarded, and you’ll be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN. After passing the exam, you can start working as a registered nurse, while completing the remainder of your MSN degree. Upon completing the program, graduates can use the title MSN, RN.

Flexible & Focused Program

Our Direct Entry MSN program offers both on-campus courses that are focused primarily on intensive hands-on training and simulation, as well as online didactic courses that provide students with greater flexibility. The first and final three semesters of coursework are delivered 100% online with the exception of fieldwork experience during capstones.

No Prerequisites Required

Whether your bachelor’s degree is in English, psychology, or any other major, our Direct Entry MSN program does not require any prerequisites. Learn more about our admissions requirements.

High NCLEX Pass Rates

Ameritech is one of the largest and highest-performing registered nursing colleges in Utah, with first-time NCLEX pass rates consistently above state and national averages. In 2018, our graduates had a first-time NCLEX pass rate of 90.36%* compared to the national average of just 85.11%**.

Career & Educational Advancement

An MSN degree provides you with the educational background needed to advance your nursing career more rapidly. Graduates will be ready to engage in practice at the bedside, as well as move into management and educational roles. You will also be prepared for research or practice-focused doctoral programs as you continue your education.

If you want knowledgeable teachers who are going to help you become confident in your ability to care for people and be confident in yourself as a registered nurse; if you want great staff and if you want great class sizes, then you will come to Ameritech College.

DanienAmeritech Nursing Graduate

Why Become a Nurse?

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.* 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.**
* Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2018:

Strong Job Outlook

The nursing field is projected to grow by 15% over the next 10 years vs. just 7% for other occupations—and demand is expected to increase even more due to the aging baby boomer population. An estimated 438,100 registered nurses will be hired nationwide between 2016-2026.*
* Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections Program:

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.

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020

Our Direct Entry MSN program offers three enrollment periods annually. Our next start date is January 13th, 2020. Given high-demand for the program and limited spots, we recommend that you apply as early as possible.

The teachers really do care about you getting through the class. They give you their cell phone number. It’s very personalized.

Ameritech Nursing Student

Learn from Utah’s Healthcare Leaders

Ameritech is one of Utah’s largest and highest-performing nursing colleges, helping thousands of students graduate and find employment as registered nurses. From our hands-on training to our experiential learning environments, we are here to make sure that you 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 faculty and gain the personal attention needed to become a successful nurse leader.

Excellent Facilities

Our Draper campus offers MSN students an ideal learning environment with simulated clinical environments, high fidelity human patient simulators, and a dynamic, relevant curriculum.

Hands-on, Experiential Learning

Nurses develop their skills over time. Our hands-on MSN program delivers the real world experience required to be a competent, registered nurse on the day you graduate—with the skills you need to build a lasting, meaningful 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.


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 ( 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

Nursing Student Outcomes


Student Satisfaction Rating*


NCLEX-RN Exam Pass Rate**


Student Graduation & Retention Rate*

*Source: Data pulled from ABHES Annual Report – 2017-2018.

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)


Ameritech’s Draper Campus & Online

Required Clinical Hours


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 detailed information about Ameritech and all programs offered, download the complete Ameritech College Catalog here »


To provide our students with greater flexibilty, the first and final 3 semesters of our Direct Entry MSN program are taken 100% online, with no classroom time required.

Semester 1 
Total Semester Credits14
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
NUR 345 Essentials of Nursing I: Understanding Nursing Practice5
NUR 365 Pharmacological Principles3
NUR 325 Data-Driven Statistics4
Semester 3 
Total Semester Credits13
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
NUR 395 Care of the Adult Client6
NUR 445 Care of the Childbearing Family6
Semester 5 
Total Semester Credits9
NUR 455 Care of the High Acuity Client2
NUR 475 Transition to Nursing Practice and Leadership6
NUR 495 NCLEX Review1

All prelicensure courses are completed,
and students may sit for the NCLEX-RN

Online Portion of the Program

The first and the final 3 semesters of the program are taken 100% online with no classroom time required to to give students greater flexibility.

Semester 6 
Total Semester Credits12
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
NUR 605 Health Care Systems, Technology, and Finance4
NUR 615 Global Health Disparities4
NUR 625 Disaster Management4
Semester 8 
Total Semester Credits11
NUR 635 Capstone I4
NUR 645 Capstone II4
NUR 655 Capstone III3

*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

Employment Outcomes For Ameritech Nursing Graduates

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

Credentialing & Employment

Upon passing the NCLEX-RN and completing the Direct Entry MSN program, graduates will use the title MSN, RN. With additional practice as an RN, graduates may apply for certification as a nurse case manager.

Diverse Industries*:

  • 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 Hospitals**:

  • 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

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses.
**Source: Data pulled from ABHES Annual Report – 2017-2018.

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.