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To apply for the online Master of Science in Nursing, you will need to meet certain requirements and submit the following items using The Catholic University of America’s online Graduate Application:
- The Catholic University of America typically accepts applications for the Online M.S.N. program from students who are outside a 35 mile radius of our Washington DC Campus. Catholic University’s School of Nursing serves those close to campus with our campus-based M.S.N. FNP program. This on-site program is tailored to the needs of working nurses, with classes generally scheduled one day a week.
- You must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university offering a program in nursing accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for international students or those educated in other countries with the recognition that this may limit eligibility for specialty certification. Graduates of programs not accredited by the ACEN or CCNE must have transcripts evaluated and comparability to an American BSN established. Evaluation may be conducted by either the World Education Services (www.wes.org) or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org).
- A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred, as well as an average GPA of 3.0 in the nursing major.
- You must be a currently licensed registered nurse in a state or jurisdiction of the United States, without restrictions.
- You should have some nursing experience relevant to the degree or certification you are seeking.
- You'll also complete the graduate nursing application for admission, submit a statement of purpose and submit three letters of recommendation, which should include letters from a former dean, faculty member or academic advisor familiar with your academic performance as well as one from a current or former supervisor in a clinical practice setting.
- There is a $60 non-refundable application fee.
- Nurse practitioner students who enroll in the online program at CUA play a critical role in securing their clinical placements during the program. Students are advised to begin this process early. Some clinical preceptors and health care systems suggest applying more than a year in advance. Faculty will provide recommendations for students to take in this process in the first semester of enrollment.