I am midway through a direct-entry program in Ohio.
First, direct entry programs have been around for 30 years - I know my Uni has had one for that long, I'm sure other schools have had programs for just as long.
Secondly, to get into the program, you have to have anatomy, physiology, microbiology and pharmacology. Those are pre-reqs. If you took them with your other degree at a high enough level, fine. If not, then you finish them before you start.
Typically, 10 hours/quarter is consideredered fulltime for grad students. Grad-entry students take 18-20. We take the same pathophys that traditional masters students take. We are just expected to be able to handle it. We sit for the NCLEX after 6 quarters of study, then you have anywhere from 1.5-4 years to finish your masters. (the long end is the neonatals, who have to work as an RN for at least 2 years)
Undergrads have classes, whole quarters devoted to careplans. We have 1 session. After which, we are expected to be able to write out appropriate care plans
and identify correct nursing dx's.
It's exceptionally accelerated and the people accepted into the program are extremely motivated. If we don't know it, we'll study it to get it, even when it's not required. We're all on the obsessive-compulsive side *LOL*