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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) in Arizona. 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 advanced certifications.





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Program Highlights

No Waitlist

If you qualify and are ready to start, a seat is currently available for you in our May or September term nursing cohorts at our Phoenix campus.

Enhanced Learning

Small class sizes allow for more mentoring, lab time, and hands-on experience. 

Hands-On, Real-World Training

Generous clinical hours build your confidence in caring for patients and working with other healthcare professionals. 

Regional Accreditation

Regional accreditation is from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and the program curriculum aligns with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials.



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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, you’ll also learn to collaborate with professionals in other nursing careers and healthcare providers to ensure the best possible patient outcomes.



The Master of Science in Nursing - Direct Entry program at Alliant International School of Nursing & Health Sciences is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted. 


Student Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of the MSN-DE program, you’ll be trained to:

  • Synthesize concepts from nursing and other disciplines to form the foundation of professional nursing practice to provide care for individuals, families, populations, and systems.
  • Utilize sound clinical judgment to provide person-centered care that promotes health, prevents disease, and coordinates care.
  • Integrate principles of cultural sensitivity and inclusivity to promote patient safety and quality in collaboration with the interprofessional team.
  • Appraise current evidence and innovative technologies to foster knowledge synthesis and strengthen clinical judgment
  • Examine the impact of social, political, economic, and technological trends on nursing practice to provide high-quality, cost-effective care across the continuum of care.    
  • Incorporate professional values, legal requirements, and ethical principles to foster professional growth through a spirit of inquiry.


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Frequently Asked Questions


What scholarship and financial aid options are available?

Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work-study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.


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?

The program is offered in person at our new campus in Phoenix, Arizona. 


Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and to promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve lives. We offer an education that is accredited, focused on practical knowledge and skills, connected with diverse faculty and alumni, and aimed at the student experience.

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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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