UC'S ONLINE GRADUATE NURSING PROGRAMS ADMISSIONS

Flexible online programs designed for working nurses.

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The Admissions Process

As you think about becoming a UC Bearcat, you’ll likely have many questions about the admissions process for the online graduate nursing programs. Your dedicated contact will help to answer all of them. The first step in the admissions process is to submit an application through NursingCAS, the Centralized Application for Nursing Programs.

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NursingCAS Application Steps

Choose Program - NursingCAS
Choose Program
Under the “Add Program” tab, search “Cincinnati” to find the online program of your choice in the NursingCAS system.
Academic History - NursingCAS
Enter Academic History
Enter the name of each college/university where you’ve earned credit, nursing related or not. Order official transcripts to be sent to NursingCAS. DO NOT send official transcripts to the University of Cincinnati. *Please note that international transcripts must be evaluated from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
Proof of Credential NursingCAS
Provide Proof of Credential
A screenshot from your State Board of Nursing with your name & RN license information is required. We require one year of RN work experience to apply.
Resume - NursingCAS
Resume
Ensure your resume is professional and updated. Include any certifications you have; leadership roles you’ve taken on; memberships in professional organizations; volunteer work or involvement in your local community.
Goal Statement - NursingCAS
Goal Statement (500-750 words)
Demonstrate a clear understanding of the specialty you are apply for; your reason for wanting to become an APRN (or nurse educator or nurse leader); your preparedness & justification for entering your intended specialty; your goals once you have completed the program.
References - NursingCAS
References
A minimum of three professional references are required. An academic reference is also acceptable. References should come from individuals who can attest to your academic and professional skills. You DO NOT need to upload letters yourself; you will simply provide the name & contact emails for the individuals you choose.

NursingCAS Application Help & Resources

NursingCAS Tutorial Videos

NursingCAS Application Tutorial Videos

To help you navigate the NursingCAS application process, we have created several tutorial videos that focus on each step in greater detail. Click here to find the video(s) that correspond to your progress. If you’re ready to apply, you can click here to get started on your application in NursingCAS.

NursingCAS Help Page

NursingCAS Help Center

Have more questions? Get help directly from the NursingCAS Help Center, or contact NursingCAS via email [email protected] or by phone at 617-612-2880. NursingCAS also has a chat feature that can be launched by clicking on the chat icon in the lower right hand corner of the application page within NursingCAS.

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What program level are you interested in?

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

UC’s five online MSN programs are designed for nurses already holding their BSN who are seeking to reach the next level of their practice. Prerequisites for the MSN programs include:

  • Active & unrestricted current United States RN license
  • BSN degree conferred from a regionally & ACEN/CCNE accredited institution
  • Overall minimum BSN GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (recommended)
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a 2.0+ on a 4.0 scale
  • Science GPA of 3.0+ on a 4.0 scale
  • A minimum of one year of RN experience in the United States

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Post-MSN Certification

UC’s two online Post-MSN Certificate programs are designed for nurse practitioners and other advanced-level nurses who have already earned their master’s degree. Prerequisites for the Post-MSN programs include:

  • Active & unrestricted current United States RN license
  • BSN & MSN degrees, both conferred from a regionally & ACEN/CCNE accredited institution
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last degree earned
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a 2.0+ on a 4.0 scale
  • Science GPA of 3.0+ on a 4.0 scale
  • A minimum of one year of RN experience in the United States

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UC’s Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Our online nursing programs are nationally recognized for our academic standards, diversity and inclusion efforts, technology application, and research activity.

UC Nursing USNWR 2023 Badge

Ranked Top 40 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

UC RUVH

Carnegie Research University, Very High Research Activity

Best Online Programs - U.S. News - Veterans Grad Nursing 2023

Ranked Top 20 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans

95

ANCC certification pass rate for primary care programs

Based on 2022 graduates. Data published 3/10/2023.

93

NCC certification pass rate for MSN Women's Health NP

Based on all 2022 test takers. Data published 3/10/23.

93

ACMB certification pass rate for MSN Nurse-Midwifery

Based on 2022 certification exams. Data published 3/10/2023.