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  • 20-month program
  • Sylvania, OH (suburban Toledo)
  • Three start dates per year

Why Choose Lourdes University’s DEMSN Program?

The Direct Entry MSN from Lourdes University helps you prepare to change to a nursing career in just 20 months of online and hands-on learning.

Based just northwest of Toledo in Sylvania, OH, the Lourdes DEMSN program offers you:

  • A Reputation for Excellence in Nursing Education

    The Lourdes University College of Nursing has been training nurses to make a positive impact on people and communities since 1986.

  • A Blend of Online and Hands-On Learning

    The Lourdes DEMSN program combines on-campus and online courses with 780 hours of clinical experience.

  • Focus on Holistic, Patient-Centered Care

    Prepare to care for the whole patient compassionately and competently across the lifespan.

  • Emphasis on Evidence-Based Practice

    Enter the nursing profession with a graduate-level understanding of nursing research and how to put it to work for your patients.

  • An Inspirational Learning Community

    Prepare to launch your nursing career with personal and professional support from our clinically experienced faculty members.

Program Structure

Lourdes University’s DEMSN takes you from basic nursing concepts to advanced knowledge and skills in just 20 months. The program features:

  • Core Curriculum

    Including health science foundations, nursing administration, research and leadership, ethics, policy and more.

  • Clinical Training

    You can practice your patient care skills in the advanced simulation labs on the Lourdes campus.

  • Clinical Practicum Experience

    Complete clinical rotations in a range of practice settings throughout the Toledo area.


  • Foundations of Professional Nursing and Theories Guiding Practice
  • Health and Physical Assessment
  • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Concepts
  • Clinical Practice, Clinical Judgement, and Role Development I: Care of Adults with Common Health Problems
  • Advanced Nursing Inquiry for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Clinical Practice, Clinical Judgement, and Role Development II: Mental Health Nursing
  • Clinical Practice, Clinical Judgement, and Role Development III: Care of Adults with Complex Health Problems
  • Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Across the Lifespan
  • Clinical Practice, Clinical Judgement, and Role Development IV: Nursing Care of Women, Children, and Families
  • Clinical Practice, Clinical Judgement, and Role Development V: Population-Focused Nursing
  • Healthcare Systems Management and Policy in a Diverse Community
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Across the Globe
  • Clinical Practice, Clinical Judgement, and Role Development VI: Synthesis of Concept-Based Practicum
  • Clinical Practice, Clinical Judgement, and Role Development VII: Contemporary Nursing Leadership/Management
  • Knowledge Integration and Transition into Practice

Admission Requirements

Application Requirements

Lourdes requires applicants 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. Contact Lourdes University to learn more about their admission requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

Lourdes requires DEMSN applicants to have completed the following prerequisites with a 2.75 GPA or better within five years of beginning the program:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with lab)
  • Chemistry (with lab)
  • Microbiology
  • Human Nutrition
  • Statistics
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Graduate Writing Prep

You may be required to take or re-take prerequisite courses prior to beginning Direct Entry MSN courses.


The Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing and Master’s Degree Program in Nursing at Lourdes University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The Baccalaureate Degree Program and Direct Entry Master’s Degree Program are approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Lourdes University DEMSN Program FAQ

How long is Lourdes University’s DEMSN program?

The Lourdes DEMSN program takes as few as 20 months to complete.

How much does Lourdes University’s DEMSN program cost?

As of 2022-2023, tuition for the Lourdes DEMSN is $680 per credit hour. The total tuition cost for the 66-credit program is $44,880.

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.

Is a DEMSN at Lourdes University worth it?

Yes. When you earn your Direct Entry MSN with Lourdes, you’re developing advanced skills with a trusted Ohio nursing school. Learn more about what a DEMSN can offer you here.

How much can you make with a Direct Entry MSN degree from Lourdes University?

At the beginning of your nursing career, you can expect to earn a salary in line with that of registered nurses. In Ohio, nursing salaries were as follows in May 2021*:

  • Median annual salary: $74,080
  • Lowest 10%: $59,540 or less
  • Highest 10%: $94,960 or more[1]

Salary varies by employer and by region. As a nurse with an MSN, it is possible you may be able to enter the profession with a higher starting salary than the median indicated here.

*The most recent year for which data is available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).