MSN Admission Requirements and Application

Apply by November 6, 2019, for the spring 2020 semester at nursingcas.org. All application requirements must be completed by December 6, 2019.

 

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
  • 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
  • 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 - To be completed after acceptance and prior to semester start. If you are accepted, you must provide the following to the admissions office prior to your orientation date through CastleBranch. Your login information will be provided to you upon your acceptance.
 
Clinical Readiness Components
Alcohol and Drug Testing
It is the College’s policy to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace. Students will be tested for illegal substances after an admissions offer is made. Students who test positive on their drug screenings are not allowed to participate in any clinical rotations at any Saint Luke’s Health System affiliated institutions and the admissions offer will be rescinded.
 
Students who test positive for an illegal substance and are therefore not allowed to start the program may reapply for the next available start date. A new drug screening will be administered after an admissions offer is made.
 
Applicants who provide an abnormally diluted sample will be required to repeat the drug test (retest).
 
The College and clinical sites reserve the right to reject the participation of any student based on the results of the screenings, immunizations, or background check. 
 
Criminal Background Check Information 
The background check will be conducted by a qualified agency. The background check shall include the following: 
  • Family Care Safety Registry 
  • Caregiver Background Screening which authorizes a criminal background check from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a DMH Employee Disqualification Registry Report and DHSS Employee Disqualification List Report, or another clinical partner, which completes the three-agency check. 
  • Missouri Highway Patrol Criminal Background Check
  • Kansas Criminal Background Check 
  • Other State Criminal Background Check (previous residences other than MO/KS in the past ten years)
  • Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Employee Disqualification List
  • Missouri Department of Mental Health Disqualification Registry Report
  • Office of the Inspector General
  • General Services Administration/Excluded Parties List System
  • Missouri Sex Offender Registry Nationwide Record Indicator Alias with Security Office Identifier (SOI)
  • Kansas Bureau of Investigation Registered Sex Offenders List Nationwide Record Indicator Alias with SOI
  • Other State or National Sex Offender List (previous residences other than MO/KS) Nationwide Record Indicator Alias With SOI
  • Name, Social Security Number and Address Verification Social Security Alert
  • United States Treasury — SDN and Blocked Persons List Web Site
  • Employment Verification Separation and Re-Employment Verification Employment
The admission offer may be rescinded if the student has been convicted of a felony; or misdemeanor involving: violence, sexual misconduct, theft or computer crimes, fraud or financial crimes, drug distribution, or crimes involving unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon.
 
The College can initiate a criminal background check for any student at any time. Refusal by the student to submit to the Background Check may result in the student’s dismissal from the program.
 
Required Immunization Documentation
All immunization documentation must show your name, date, and must be verified by a health provider. What if you cannot find your records? In general, both children and adults will need to repeat some vaccines. Although this is time-consuming and inconvenient, it is not harmful to receive additional vaccine doses. For a few vaccines, blood tests can help determine if you are already immune to certain diseases.
 
Measles (Rubeola)
Submit one of the following requirements:

1) Vaccination series: Two vaccinations at least 28 days apart OR
2) Serological proof of immunity: Positive (+) IgG titers for Rubeola

  • If your titer is negative or equivocal, it will result in a CastleBranch alert and you will need to complete the vaccination series. See vaccination series information in the first bullet.
  • A post-vaccination titer is not required, but if one results in a non-immune status, check with your practitioner to determine next steps and receive documentation of recommendations from that health care provider.
 
Mumps 
Submit one of the following requirements:

1) Vaccination series: Two vaccinations at least 28 days apart OR
2) Serological proof of immunity: Positive (+) IgG titers for Mumps

  • If your titer is negative or equivocal, it will result in a CastleBranch alert and you will need to complete the vaccination series. See vaccination series information in the first bullet.
  • A post-vaccination titer is not required, but if one results in a non-immune status, check with your practitioner to determine next steps and receive documentation of recommendations from that health care provider.
 
Rubella
Submit one of the following requirements:

1) Vaccination series: Two vaccinations at least 28 days apart OR
2) Serological proof of immunity: Positive (+) IgG titers for Rubella

  • If your titer is negative or equivocal, it will result in a CastleBranch alert and you will need to complete the vaccination series. See vaccination series information in the first bullet.
  • A post-vaccination titer is not required, but if one results in a non-immune status, check with your practitioner to determine next steps and receive documentation of recommendations from that health care provider.
Varicella (Chicken Pox) 
Submit one of the following requirements:

1) Vaccination series: Two vaccinations at least 28 days apart OR
2) Serological proof of immunity: Positive (+) IgG titers for Varicella

  • If your titer is negative or equivocal, an alert it will result in a CastleBranch alert and you will need to complete the vaccination series. See vaccination series information in the first bullet.
  • A post-vaccination titer is not required, but if one results in a non-immune status, check with your practitioner to determine next steps and receive documentation of recommendations from that health care provider.
 
Tetanus, Diphtheria,and Pertussis (TDaP)
Submit one of the following requirements:

1) Documentation of a TDaP booster within the past ten years OR
2) Evidence of one dose of TDaP and a TD booster within the past ten years

 
TB Skin Test 
Individuals must submit proof of the absence of active Tuberculosis (TB). An initial 2-step TB skin test (TST) or IGRA (blood test for TB) will be required prior to starting the nursing program. TB testing is required annually and students must remain in compliance.
 
TB Testing for incoming students: 
  1. Complete an IGRA (blood test for TB) OR
  2. Two-step screening as follows:
  •  If the first TB Skin test (TST) is positive (+)—an individual is considered infected.
  • You will then need to have a chest x-ray and signs/symptoms questionnaire to rule out active Tuberculosis.
     
  • If first TST is negative (-)—complete a second TST 1-3 weeks later. If the second TST is completed more than three weeks after the first TST, the student will have to restart the 2-step screening.
     
  • If a second TST is positive (+)—an individual is considered infected.
  • You will then need to have a chest x-ray and signs/symptoms questionnaire to rule out active Tuberculosis.
  • If the second TST is negative (-)—considered a negative (-) baseline.
Note
  • Be aware if receiving a live virus immunization (such as Varicella, MMR or Flu), you will need to have your TST done either at the same time or wait four weeks.
  • TB Screening compliance must remain current throughout the nursing program. 
  • Chest X-ray is not permitted instead of TB Screening. 
  • Refer to the College’s policy for documentation of TB Screening.
 
Hepatitis B 
Submit one of the following requirements:

1) Documentation of Immunization: A series of three vaccines over six months followed by a post-series surface antibody titer at least 4-8 weeks after the last vaccine is given.

  • If Hepatitis B titer is negative after the initial series of three vaccines:
  • Receive one additional vaccine
  • Complete a surface antibody titer within 4-8 weeks.
  • If the titer is positive, no further action is needed.
     
  • If the titer is still negative, receive the 2nd and 3rd vaccines in the second series and receive a Hepatitis B surface antigen test to determine if an infection is present.
  • After the 3rd dose of the second series, re-titer within 4-8 weeks, and if still negative, an individual is considered a “non-responder.”

2) Hepatitis B Declination Waiver: Although not recommended, you have the option to decline Hepatitis B. The declination is available to download from the CastleBranch website. The signed declination form must be submitted to CastleBranch.

3) If you are in the process of Hepatitis B series vaccination, you must submit the Hepatitis B Declination Waiver.

 
Influenza 
  • Documentation of a flu shot must be submitted yearly by the due date defined by the College.
  • Documentation must be dated and signed by a medical professional.
  • Vaccination is required annually and individuals must remain in compliance throughout the nursing program.
    Students do not have the option to decline a flu vaccine.
 
Other REQUIRED Documentation
ALL documentation must show your name, be dated, and be legible.
 
CNE Clinical Examination
Students will be provided information on how to access the CNE Clinical Examination through D2L.
  • Students must achieve a score of 90% or above. 
  • The certificate provided upon successful completion of the CNE Clinical Examination must be uploaded. 
  • The documentation must show the student’s name, the date the test was taken, and the score achieved. 
  • You must complete the CNE Clinical Examination upon admission to the program, and again each academic year (open July and August) while enrolled in the nursing program. 
CNE/KCANE Confidentiality Statement 
Download from the CastleBranch website, print, read, and submit a signed copy of the CNE/KCANE Confidentiality Statement. This must be updated annually while enrolled in the nursing program.
 
Color Blindness Screening
  • Submit documentation of a color blindness screening dated and verified by a medical professional.
  • Screenings must be completed using a Color Blindness test that is approved by an Ophthalmologist (i.e. Ishihara’s Test).
  • This can be performed at the College. Please ask at the Front Desk. 
 
CPR Certification
  • Submit documentation of Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Professionals through the American Heart Association.Courses for lay rescuers such as “Heartsaver” are not acceptable.
  • Certification must be renewed every two years. Individuals must remain in compliance throughout the nursing program.
  • Please note: eCards are acceptable.
  • To find an American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Professionals course, go to www.cpr.heart.org, and click on “find a course.” Then select “courses for health care professionals,” and choose BLS.
 
Health Insurance 
Submit one of the following requirements:
1) A copy of your health insurance card showing your name. 
  • If your name is not listed on the card, verification of coverage from the insurance company is required. Contact your insurance company for documentation of verifying coverage.
  • By submitting a copy of your health insurance card, you acknowledge and understand that you are responsible for the cost of medical treatment related to injuries at the College or in the clinical setting.
2) Signed Health Insurance Waiver.
  • Please meet with the Clinical Readiness Coordinator to obtain this form.
  • The Health Insurance Waiver form must be signed, dated, and uploaded to CastleBranch.
  • By submitting the Health Insurance Waiver form, you acknowledge and understand that you are responsible for the cost of medical treatment related to injuries at the College or in the clinical setting.
 
Latex Allergy Form 
  • Download from the CastleBranch website, print, read, and submit a signed copy of the Latex Allergy Policy form.
  • Must be updated annually during each academic year while enrolled in the nursing program
 
Saint Luke’s Health System Confidentiality Statement 
  • Download from the CastleBranch website, print, read, and submit a signed copy of the SLHS Confidentiality Statement.
  • This must be updated annually while enrolled in the nursing program.
 
Student Clinical Site Consent Form 
Download from the CastleBranch website, print, read, and submit a signed copy of the Student Clinical Site Consent Form.
 
The College and clinical sites reserve the right to reject the participation of any student based on the results of clinical readiness requirements.