All applicants are welcome to apply to the Masters programs except those who are residents of the following states: Arkansas, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Washington, Wisconsin, and Louisiana due to state authorization.
Unconditional: Unconditional acceptance is given to all applicants who meet all the admission criteria and are approved by the Admission Committee of the Graduate Program.
Conditional Acceptance: Conditional acceptance is given to applicants who do not meet all the admission criteria. At the time of admission, the Admission Committee of the Graduate Program may specify other conditions for the applicant that would need to be fulfilled in order to progress in the program. To have conditional acceptance status removed for the person with less than a 2.8 GPA, the student must complete twelve semester hours of course work with a minimum grade of 'B' in each course.
Students whose GPA is between 2.5 and 2.79 may be required to have an interview and provide a writing sample.
Conditional acceptance is given to applicants with less than a 2.8 GPA or those needing to complete the graduate statistics course with a minimum grade of 'B' or better.
Persons not having a completed graduate statistics course must satisfy course deficiencies to have conditional acceptance removed.
- Submission of an Application for Admission Form and a $50.00 Application Fee.
- Applications are reviewed throughout the year.
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a National League of Nursing (NLNAC) or CCNE accredited program. For Accelerated MSN option, Bachelors degree in a discipline other than nursing from an accredited College or University.
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Official transcripts of all prior college academic work are required.
- Proof of licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in one or more states in the United States.
- Evidence of one year of professional nursing experience preferred.
- Three letters of recommendation from persons who are able to speak to the applicant's ability to undertake graduate education. One letter from a nursing faculty member from the student's baccalaureate nursing program is preferred. Those in the Accelerated MSN option, should submit a letter from a faculty member from the baccalaureate program.
- A 2-3 page essay detailing professional and educational goals.
- Evidence of completion of undergraduate health assessment and nursing research courses with a minimum grade of "C".
- Evidence of completion of a graduate statistics course with a minimum grade of "B" within the last 5 years.
- An interview may be requested.
- Must have at least two years of fulltime experience as an RN in a Level III or IV NICU within the past five years before starting clinical courses. May start theory courses without the required clinical experience.
- Hold and maintain a current Neonatal Resuscitation Program certificate.
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Option (in addition to the requirements listed above)
Essay Guidelines for Admission
This essay is an essential aspect of the admission process and will be carefully evaluated by the Graduate Program Committee in order to make a decision on your direct entry into the MSN program. Follow the guidelines carefully, speaking to each item listed below. The paper should be 2-3 typed pages. Evaluation of the essay will include assessment of:
- Clarity of presentation
- Grammar, punctuation, etc.
Please address the following:
- Describe your practice area, which might include opportunities for leadership and collaboration.
- Discuss your current professional role.
- Identify goals for your graduate nursing education.
- Describe how the attainment of your goals will advance your professional practice.
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