MSN Admission Requirements and Application

Apply by December 13, 2019, for the spring 2020 semester at nursingcas.org following the instructions below. 
 
Step One
You may start the application if you have the following:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from a CHEA recognized institution nursing program accredited by CCNE or ACEN
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in BSN courses
  • An active, unencumbered nursing license in the state where you practice
  • AG-ACNP Post-Graduate Certificate Only: Master of Science in Nursing degree from a nursing program accredited by CCNA or ACEN and regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  • AG-ACNP Post-Graduate Certificate Applicants Only: Must also have a current board certification as an advanced practice nurse.
  • FNP Second MSN Only: Master of Science in Nursing degree from a nursing program accredited by CCNA or ACEN and regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  • NE Post-Graduate Certificate Only: Master of Science in Nursing degree from a nursing program accredited by CCNA or ACEN and regionally accredited institution of higher learning

Step Two

Apply at nursingcas.org. The following items are required to complete the application:
  • A $50 NursingCas and a $35 Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences application fee
  • Official transcripts are required from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended
  • If you have a transcript from outside the United States and have fewer than 60 college credits competed in the U.S., your transcript must be evaluated by the World Education Service: www.wes.org or from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) www.ece.org
  • Current resume/CV including detail of responsibilities and specific job experience
  • Three professional letters of recommendation sent directly to the admissions office from current or previous supervisors, prior nursing faculty, or other individuals who can address your clinical knowledge, skill and prospective aptitude for success within a graduate program of study. Letters may not come from direct peers or family members
  • Personal statement (400 to 800 words) addressing the following:
  1. Discuss why you want to pursue your specialty of choice
  2. Describe how your past and/or ongoing work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  3. State your goals/plans upon completion of the degree

Step Three
The MSN program requires educational experiences in clinical settings. Once accepted, students must complete the clinical readiness requirements after acceptance and prior to the semester start. 
  • Alcohol and Drug Testing

  • Criminal Background Check

  • Immunizations

  • CNE Clinical Examination

  • CNE/KCANE Confidentiality Statement

  • Color Blindness Screening

  • CPR Certification

  • Health Insurance Acknowledgement

  • Latex Allergy Form

  • Preceptor and Clinical Site Initial Requests Form

  • Saint Luke’s Health System Confidentiality Statement

  • Student Clinical Site Consent Form

You will be required to complete all other onboarding requests as outlined in your acceptance packets.


See the Clinical Readiness Admissions and Progression Requirements section for complete details.