Admission: Graduate Nursing for Registered Nurses

Applicants to the program must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Be a licensed registered nurse in the United States and licensed in the state where practicum experiences are performed
  • Be a graduate of a diploma nursing program or a regionally accredited college or university's associate or bachelor degree nursing program (additional education required for post-master's and DNP programs)
  • Have completed an undergraduate statistics course, minimum grade of 'C'
  • Required of applicants to the Family Nurse Practitioner program:
    ⇒A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited college or university with degree from a nursing program accredited by NLNAC or CCNE 
    ⇒A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is required for the FNP post master's certificate FNP program
    One year of experience as a registered nurse within the last five years

See Entry Points for your point of entry to graduate nursing as determined by your previous academic preparation and your length of experience as a registered nurse.

Application Requirements and Materials

CNL post master's certificate applicants click here.   DNP applicants click here.
FNP applicants: See below for additional application and admission information specific to this track.

RN to MSN, MSN, and FNP post master's certificate admission

  • Graduate Application (online)
    NOTE: Current MSN students wishing to change their track do not complete the online application. Contact Marilyn Gomez at for further information.
  • Resume
  • Essay (instructions provided at time of application) in the form of a:
    Goal statement (applicants with a BSN or MSN) OR
    Portfolio - RN's with an associate degree or diploma in nursing & RN's eligible for the mobility option
  • Unencumbered current RN license (School of Nursing will verify)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Three professional recommendations (provide contact information for recommenders in online application. Electronic form will be sent to them via email).
    NOTE TO FNP applicants:  One recommendation must be from a current supervisor. The other two must be from health care professionals prepared at the master's or doctorate level.

Additional instructions and documents will be provided at time of application.

International applicants must submit additional documents for admission as required by the University. Contact the Office of the Graduate School for further information.

A personal interview may be required.

Although there is no admission test for registered nurses applying to a graduate nursing program, dual degree programs require official scores from an admission test (see next 2 bullets).
⇒Dual MSN/MEd or MSN/MSCJ: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
⇒Dual MSN/MBA: Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Admission is available for the fall semester of each academic year.  Due to high interest in the program and limited clinical sites, the priority deadline for application is February 15. Admission is competitive. Applicants will be reviewed and notified of their status by March 1. A $300 non-refundable tuition deposit is required of each accepted student to hold a seat in the fall class. This deposit will be applied to tuition.

Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed based upon space availability for the fall semester.

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Application questions:

Mrs. Betty Rosenacker
Administrative Assistant
Phone 513 745-3134