Admission Requirements for Online Graduate Nursing Programs

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Applying for Spring 2019 Admission? Please Read Carefully:

NursingCAS, the online platform used to apply for our graduate programs, will undergo scheduled maintenance in August. For this reason, you must either:

  • Submit your application and fee by Aug. 15, and ensure additional materials (transcripts from all higher education institutions attended and references) are received by Sept. 21; or
  • If you cannot meet the aforementioned deadlines, wait to submit your application and fee between Aug. 16 and Oct. 1.

If you submit your application and fee in NursingCAS on or before Aug. 15, but do not meet the Sept. 21 deadline for additional materials, your application will be canceled and you will be required to re-submit your application and fee.

For more information, contact NursingCAS Customer Service at 617-612-2880, M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Designed for working nurses with busy schedules, our online Master of Nursing (MSN) programs, specializations, and graduate certificate programs enable you to pursue your professional goals on your own time. Earn your graduate degree without forfeiting your current position. Courses can be completed on a full or part time schedule often in as little as one year.

The MSN degree and specializations such as Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner programs each have unique requirements and prerequisites for admissions as outlined below. Students are encouraged to contact our admissions department with any questions or concerns.

Our online certificate programs are intended for nurses who have already obtained a MSN and are employed as Nurse Practitioners or have equivalent level of experience. These certificates allow you to earn the required licensure to advance your career to a leadership position in a high-demand specialization. Admission requirements for certificates differ slightly from the online MSN programs.

 

Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online program is designed for nurses already holding their BSN who are seeking to reach the next level of their practice. Nurses interested in working as a Nurse Practitioner will benefit from this online degree program.

Applications for the online MSN program are accepted year-round. Applicants are reviewed for admission based on their ability to successfully complete their graduate studies, as well as the criteria listed below.

To be eligible for admission to the MSN program, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

●     University of Cincinnati graduate school online application

●     Official transcripts from all institutions attended

●     Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last degree earned. (A comparable level of achievement is expected for other grading systems.)

●     Current RN license

●     Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree conferred from a regionally and ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited institution

●     Three letters of reference

●     Personal goal statement

●     Professional resume

●     Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of “C” or better.

●     For Nurse-Midwifery: One year RN experience (preferably in labor and delivery)

●     For Family Nurse Practitioner/Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner: one year or more of work experience in nursing is preferred

●     $300 non-refundable matriculation fee required upon acceptance

 

Admission Requirements for the online Post-Master’s in Psych-Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner Certificates

The online graduate certificates offered through the College of Nursing are designed for Nurse Practitioners and other advanced-level nurses who have already earned their master’s degree. Passionate and highly-motivated professionals with a goal of working in an advanced specialization will benefit most from these post-master’s certificates.

Applications for our online certificate programs are accepted every semester. Applicants will be reviewed for admission based on their ability to complete this online program and on the criteria listed below.

To be eligible for admission to the program, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

●     University of Cincinnati graduate school online application

●     Official transcripts from all institutions attended

●     Current unrestricted RN license

●     Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree conferred from a regionally and nursing (ACEN, formerly NLNAC or CCNE) accredited institution

●     Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of "C" or better

●     Master of Science degree in an advanced practice specialty conferred from a regionally and nursing (ACEN* or CCNE) accredited institution

●     Three letters of reference from previous educators, managers, supervising physicians, and Advanced Practice Nurses in the specialty to which you are applying for admission

●     Personal goal statement

●     Professional resume

●     $200 non-refundable matriculation fee (upon acceptance)

If you have additional questions regarding the College of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati, we encourage you to read more about our Professional Licensure Information.

 

Earn Your Advanced Nursing Degree or Certificate Completely Online

The master’s programs and post-master’s certificates offered through the College of Nursing empower you to bring your goals within reach without sacrificing your current employment. If you’re interested in pursuing an online nursing program at the University of Cincinnati, request more information today.

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