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Master's in Nursing; Family Nurse Practitioner

Admission Application Information

Admission applications are due no later than Feb. 1 for fall admission.

  • Students are admitted to the program in the fall semester of each year, based on competitive selection. Selection is based on the applicant’s qualifications (academic and professional,) the applicants strengths, and the number of available openings.
  • Graduate courses offered by the School of Nursing are web-based. To further connect you to our campus, professors and peers, you are invited to an orientation held during the first fall semester of program matriculation. Some courses may require an on-campus session during the semester, this session can vary from one to three days in length. On-campus sessions are at the discretion of the instructor.
  • Students may take the following courses as a “non-degree seeking” student. No more than seven credits of course work as a “non-degree seeking student will be accepted toward the MSN program. Taking the courses below does not guarantee admission into the MSN program.
    • EPY 721 or KIN 751 Graduate Level Statistics, 3 credits (Pre-requisite for admission)
    • NURS 704 Pathophysiology, 3 credits
    • NURS 706 Nursing Theory and the Research Process, 3 credits
    • NURS 713 Health and Public Policy, 3 credits
  • Students are expected to possess basic computer skills, including word processing.

Admission Requirements

Students must apply and submit all admission requirements via the Apply Yourself system available through the graduate college. Items 4-9 below will need to be submitted electronically to the Apply Yourself application. If admitted to the MSN program, you must submit all documents listed on No. 10 directly to the School of Nursing.

  1. BSN degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or GPA of 3.00 in the last two years of undergraduate nursing work. The undergraduate nursing course work must have been completed at a nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or Commission on Collegiate Nursing education.
  2. Completion of undergraduate courses in research, physical assessment, and a course in introductory statistics. These courses must have been completed with a C or better.
  3. Completion of a graduate level statistics course with a grade of B or better within five years before matriculation into the MSN program. The School of Nursing recommends taking either EPY 721 or KIN 751 offered through UNLV.
  4. Submit official transcripts for all previous college and professional schools to the School of Nursing and Graduate College. (If unofficial transcripts are available to the student, please upload these to your Apply Yourself application)
  5. Statement of 300 words describing the students’ professional goals and reason for seeking graduate education.
  6. Two letters of recommendation from either instructors or employers that speak to the applicant’s potential to complete the graduate program.
  7. Current resume or vita, which demonstrates a minimum of one-year clinical experience as a RN. It is recommended that the most recent years of practice be in the area directly related to the student’s proposed pathway of study.
  8. Current valid RN license in state of residence.