Make the transition to nursing—and prepare to drive change in healthcare systems—with a Direct Entry MSN from a leading regional school. Located northwest of Philadelphia, the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions at Gwynedd Mercy University (GMercyU) has been producing exceptional nurses for more than 60 years.
The GMercyU DEMSN program offers you:
The GMercyU program prepares you for both the NCLEX-RN licensure exam and the clinical nurse leader (CNL) certification exam.
GMercyU has been repeatedly recognized for quality and innovation in graduate nursing education.
Build patient care skills in our advanced simulation labs, then gain real-world clinical experience with GMercyU’s strong regional network of more than 100 healthcare partners.
Gain advanced skills for evaluating nursing and healthcare research and applying it in practice.
The 79-credit GMercyU DEMSN equips you to enter nursing with a master’s degree plus CNL certification preparation in as few as 24 months of study. The program features:
Including health science foundations, nursing administration, research and leadership, ethics, policy and more.
Learn essential patient care skills through simulated clinical experiences in GMercyU’s advanced labs.
Complete clinical rotations in a range of practice settings throughout the Philadelphia area.
GMercyU requires applicants to the DEMSN program to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent) in any academic major other than nursing. Applicants must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all upper-level bachelor’s degree courses (junior and senior year).
Contact Gwynedd Mercy University to learn more about their admission requirements.
GMercyU requires DEMSN applicants to have completed the following prerequisites with a 3.3 GPA or better within seven years of beginning the program:
90% of GMercyU accelerated nursing program students take or re-take at least one prerequisite course prior to beginning Direct Entry MSN courses. GMercyU offers prerequisite completion to nursing applicants. Learn more here.
The Direct-Entry Master of Science in Nursing program in Gwynedd Mercy University’s Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Licensure: This program is designed to meet the licensure requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If you reside in a different state, you should carefully review your home state’s licensure requirements prior to enrolling in this program. For more information, please visit the program’s Licensure Requirements page.
The GMercyU DEMSN program takes as few as 24 months to complete.
As of 2022-2023, tuition for the GMercyU DEMSN is $750 per credit hour. The total tuition cost for the 79-credit program is $59,250.
Additional fees may apply, and you will also need to purchase books and materials. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Tuition costs are subject to change.
CNLs are leaders who also participate in direct patient care. They coordinate care across health teams, develop and revise care plans, evaluate outcomes of treatment, and assess risk for individual patients or groups of patients. CNLs can also act as liaisons between healthcare administrators and nursing staff members.
When you earn your Direct-Entry MSN with GMercyU, you’re developing advanced skills and preparing for CNL certification with a regionally respected nursing school. Graduates will be prepared to enter the nursing field with skills in leadership, patient advocacy, direct patient care, and more. Learn more about what a DEMSN can offer you here.
At the beginning of your nursing career, you can expect to earn a salary in line with that of registered nurses. In Pennsylvania, nursing salaries were as follows in May 2021*:
Salary varies by employer and by region.
*The most recent year for which data is available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).