AG-ACNP Admission Requirements

Please read these instructions carefully before completing the application for admission. The application must be filled out completely. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all application materials are received by the Admissions Office. Materials received after the application deadline are not guaranteed review by the Admissions Committee.
1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited institution of higher learning
a. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25
2. Hold an active, unencumbered Registered Nurse License in home state of residency and be eligible for a Missouri Registered Nurse License
3. Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended
4. Evidence of satisfactory completion of both undergraduate Statistics and Nursing Research courses via transcript
5. Three professional letters of recommendation sent directly to the Admissions Office
a. Letters need to come from current or previous supervisors, prior nursing faculty, or other individuals that can address the candidate’s clinical knowledge, skill, and prospective aptitude for success within a graduate program of study.
b. Letters may not come from direct peers or family members.
6. Personal statement (400 to 800 words) addressing the following:
a. Discuss why you want to pursue the AG-ACNP specialty.
b. Describe how your past and/or ongoing work experience will enhance your experience in this program.
c. State your goals/plans upon completion of the degree.
7. Current resume/CV, including detail of responsibilities and specific job experience
8. Must have relevant experience in or be currently employed in an acute or critical care setting, defined as an ICU, ER, or trauma setting.
a. Other areas of practice will be considered on a case by case basis.
b. Must have a minimum of one year of nursing experience prior to beginning the program.
9. The $50 application fee is due upon completion of the application. There is a prompt to enter card information before submitting. Payment can be made with Discover, Visa, American Express, or MasterCard. The $50 application fee is non-refundable.
10. Once a completed application (with all appropriate components) is submitted, interviews will be extended to eligible candidates.
a. The interview will be conducted with the AG-ACNP Track Director and possibly a second faculty member.
11. Additional Information:
  • Additional coursework may be required.
  • For specific questions regarding the AG-ACNP program, please contact
    Shane Hagen, Director of AG-ACNP Track and Assistant Professor
    Phone 816-936-8763
For questions about the admissions process, please contact the Admissions department at:
Mailing Address:
Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences
Admissions Office
624 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: 816-936-8700 • Email: