Admission Requirements

PURPOSE: To carefully screen all applicants to the nursing program in order to select those applicants with the best chance of success, to provide academic advising at the time of admission.

POLICY: The department chair and the faculty members shall review all applications to the nursing program. The faculty will determine whether an applicant may be admitted unconditionally, admitted with provisions, or not admitted, based on established criteria.

PROCEDURE: The Admissions Committee shall evaluate records and determine an applicant's admissibility. Completed files of undergraduate and transfer students will be reviewed. Students who are qualified will be admitted to the nursing program.

Criteria Prior to Admission

  • Current Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from a nationally accredited college or university.
    • Students with a non-nursing Bachelor's degree from a nationally accredited college or university must show proof of relevant nursing experience*
  • RN License in Missouri (current)
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from baccalaureate program
  • Statistics course with a C grade or better
  • Computer experience/literacy
  • Current Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (within the last two years) on file. (This may be waived based upon cumulative 3.3 GPA of last 60 credit hours of coursework.)
  • Submission of a one page written statement of personal nursing philosophy and goals which demonstrate scholarly writing competencies
  • Must meet the admission requirements of Central Methodist University’s Graduate and Extended Studies Division, as well as Central Methodist University admission requirements.
  • Students need to have a computer with access to the internet to be successful in this program. They must also have Microsoft Office Professional 2007 to enable them to submit papers to the faculty which are easily opened and by which faculty comments can be submitted as feedback to the students.

*Students are required to submit a portfolio of experiences based on the Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education to the Admission’s Committee

Upon acceptance into the M.S.N. program, students must show proof of the following:

  • Physical examination within past year.
  • Rubella titer and/or immunization.
  • Current DT immunization.
  • Hepatovax injection series.

Students must show proof of meeting the following requirements annually by September 1.

  • Montaux/PPD within the last year.
  • Current CPR certification.
  • Malpractice insurance.

Students will be admitted as a cohort with 10-12 people per cohort. There will be no transfer hours accepted. Students must complete the following classes in any general sequential order with the knowledge that the final class, NU522 Clinical Nurse Leader Residency (four credit hours), must be completed as the last class at the end of the program.