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 admission click here.   DNP admission click here.
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 (online application)
    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.

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)

NOTE TO FNP APPLICANTS: Required prior to practicum experiences are a criminal background check and submission of health documents necessary to meet our clinical contract guidelines with health care facilities.

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

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Application questions:

Mrs. Betty Rosenacker
Administrative Assistant
Phone 513 745-3134