MSN Admissions Information

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RN-BSN Admission requirements

  • An associate degree in nursing from an accredited school or a diploma from a National League for Nursing (NLN) accredited school.
  • Completion of at least 58 transferable semester hours.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all prior college work.
  • General education and nursing related courses must be met in addition to BSN major courses.
  • Demonstrate computer literacy prior to module three.
  • Unrestricted, unencumbered, current nursing license from the state of employment. License must be kept current throughout program.

RN-MSN Admission requirements

  1. A BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution and nursing program (CCNE or NLN).
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended.
  3. A 3.0 GPA calculated from the most recent 60 academic credits.
  4. An unrestricted, unencumbered RN license from the state or country in which the nurse practices (license must remain current throughout program).
  5. Two letters of recommendation (one from a nursing professional; one either character- or academic-related).
  6. A two- to three-page goal statement.
  7. A conference-call interview may be required at the discretion of the admissions committee.

Practicum or clinical experience

Prior to the start of any clinical practice, or as required by an institutional setting, there must be proof of compliance with all agency or institutional requirements. It is the responsibility of the graduate registered nursing student to maintain currency of records. Requirements may include but are not limited to:

  • Current unrestricted, unencumbered RN license in the state or country of practice.
  • Proof of professional nursing liability insurance coverage throughout the enrollment period (minimum $1 million/$3 million).
  • Criminal background check at the federal or international level.*
  • CPR/BLS certification as required, proof of TB testing, any required immunizations or vaccinations, HIPPA training, and any additional requirements.

* The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JACAHO) institutes regulations in order for hospitals, home health agencies, clinics and so forth to gain or maintain accreditation status. One of these regulations requires that “all persons who are involved in patient care activities – i.e., employees, volunteers and students – must have criminal background checks as well as other health care related checks.” Criminal background checks must be initiated by the student and completed prior to beginning any clinically related practicums. See general graduate catalog policy.