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Graduate and Professional Admissions

MSN Program

Admission to the M.S.N. program requires the following:

  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the candidate’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
    • For those with a BS or BA in a field other than nursing an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the MSN program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in the fall term.
  • Completion of a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and the nursing degree must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, (NLNAC) or by the commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation.
  • Current active United States professional nursing (R.N.) licensure. Licensure must remain current in the jurisdiction of the practicum throughout the program.

The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS. NursingCAS is used for document verification but does not take part in the student selection.

  • Request all official transcripts from all previously attended institutions to be sent directly to NursingCAS.

NursingCAS
P.O. Box 9201 
Watertown, Massachusetts, 02471

Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services listed below.

World Education Services
www.wes.org

Josef Silny and Associates
www.silny.com

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
www.ece.org

It is the applicant's responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service.

  • Submit additional supplemental items (R.N. license) directly to NursingCAS.

  • Once the NursingCAS application is completed, an applicant needs to complete the supplemental 

    NSU Application online

  • Once all applications and documents have been received the application will be processed and reviewed.

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and supplemental NSU applications for Fall admission will be August 1st and for Winter admission the deadline is December 9th. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round. 

MSN- APRN Program

Admission to the M.S.N.- A.P.R.N. program requires the following:

  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the candidate’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
    • For those with a BS or BA in a field other than nursing an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the MSN program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in the fall term.
  • Completion of a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and the nursing degree must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, (NLNAC) or by the commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation.
  • Current active state of Florida professional nursing (R.N.) licensure. Licensure must remain current in the jurisdiction of the practicum throughout the program.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Living within 150 miles from the program campus.
  • 12 months of active independent clinical practice (not including position residencies or facility operations).
  • For applicants interested in AGACNP current Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certificate is required.

The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS. NursingCAS is used for document verification but does not take part in the student selection.

  • Request all official transcripts from all previously attended institutions to be sent directly to NursingCAS.

NursingCAS
P.O. Box 9201 
Watertown, Massachusetts, 02471

Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services listed below.

World Education Services
www.wes.org

Josef Silny and Associates
www.silny.com

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
www.ece.org

It is the applicant's responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service.

  • Submit additional supplemental items (R.N. license & CV) directly to NursingCAS.

  • Once the NursingCAS application is completed, an applicant needs to complete the supplemental NSU Application online

  • Once all applications and documents have been received the application will be processed and reviewed.

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and supplemental NSU applications for Fall admission will be August 1st and for Winter admission the deadline is December 9th. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round.

Doctorate of Nursing Practice

Admission to the DNP program requires the following:

  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the candidate’s Master of Science in Nursing.
    • For those with a MS in a closely related field other than nursing an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 7299, Transition to D.N.P., prior to beginning the MSN program. NSG 7299 course is only offered in the fall term.
  • M.S.N. degree from a regionally or internationally accredited university or college. (The M.S.N. degree nursing program must be accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission [NLNAC] or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education [CCNE])
  • Current active United States professional nursing (R.N.) licensure. Licensure must remain current in the jurisdiction of the practicum throughout the program.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample in APA 6th edition format
    • Discuss your professional and personal goals related to the DNP.
    • Discuss a problem or issue you see in your professional practice today that needs to be addressed from a DNP Perspective.
  • Two reference letters
    • These must be completed by individuals other than relatives. Some suggested sources are professors, academic advisers, clinical or nonclinical supervisors or community associates
  • Official documentation of all supervised post baccalaureate practice hours from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited school. Documentation must be from the program director of the previous post baccalaureate program and include the following information on university letterhead:
    • date
    • applicant's full name
    • university name and department
    • contact information for follow up, if necessary
    • date and title of degree earned
    • total number of preceptor-verified clinical experience hours
    • program director's signature

Transfer Credits

No more than 6 graduate credits may be transferred into the DNP program from other Ph.D. in Nursing or DNP programs. Courses will be evaluated by the program director and the associate dean on an individual basis for credit towards the DNP. Their decision will be final. To be considered for credit, a course must have been taken at an accredited graduate program and be the equivalent of a course offered in the DNP program. The student must have earned a grade of B or higher in the course. Students must submit the syllabus of any course for which they are seeking credit directly to the program director. Additional documentation may be required by the program director before credit may be granted. Only courses completed prior to the matriculation in the DNP program will be considered for transfer credit.

The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS. NursingCAS is used for document verification but does not take part in the student selection.

  • Request all official transcripts from all previously attended institutions to be sent directly to NursingCAS.

NursingCAS
P.O. Box 9201 
Watertown, Massachusetts, 02471

Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services listed below.

World Education Services
www.wes.org

Josef Silny and Associates
www.silny.com

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
www.ece.org

It is the applicant's responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service.

  • Submit additional supplemental items (R.N. license, CV, writing sample, reference letters, & verification of clinical hours) directly to NursingCAS.

  • Once the NursingCAS application is completed, an applicant needs to complete the supplemental NSU Application online

  • Once all applications and documents have been received the application will be processed and reviewed.

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and supplemental NSU applications for Fall admission will be August 1st and for Winter admission the deadline is December 9th. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round. 

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.) with Focus on Nursing Education

Admission to the Ph.D. program requires the following:

  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in the candidate’s Master of Science in Nursing or post master’s degree program in nursing.
  • M.S. or M.A. program with a major in nursing or an M.S.N. degree from a regionally accredited university or college. (The nursing degree program must be accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission [NLNAC] or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education [CCNE])
  • Current active United States professional nursing (R.N.) licensure. Licensure must remain current in the jurisdiction of the practicum throughout the program.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample (published or unpublished paper)
  • Two reference letters
    • These must be completed by individuals other than relatives. Some suggested sources are professors, academic advisers, clinical or nonclinical supervisors or community associates
  • Attend the mandatory on-campus Summer Institute

The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS. NursingCAS is used for document verification but does not take part in the student selection.

  • Request all official transcripts from all previously attended institutions to be sent directly to NursingCAS.

NursingCAS
P.O. Box 9201 
Watertown, Massachusetts, 02471

Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services listed below.

World Education Services
www.wes.org

Josef Silny and Associates
www.silny.com

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
www.ece.org

It is the applicant's responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service.

  • Submit additional supplemental items (R.N. license, CV, writing sample & reference letters) directly to NursingCAS.

  • Once the NursingCAS application is completed, an applicant needs to complete the supplemental NSU Application online

  • Once all applications and documents have been received the application will be processed and reviewed.

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and supplemental NSU applications for Fall admission will be March 1st. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round. 

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