MSN Admission Requirements

Policy: The Admissions Committee shall review all applications to the nursing program. The committee will determine whether an applicant may be admitted unconditionally, admitted with provisions, or not admitted, based on established criteria. This committee will include the following individuals: the Division Chair of Health Professions, three nursing program coordinators, one full time MSN faculty member, and one adjunct MSN faculty member.

Procedure: The Admissions Committee shall evaluate records and determine an applicant's admissibility. Students who do not meet the published admission criteria for the MSN program may petition for consideration of acceptance. Petition letters must explain why the student does not meet the standard and provide a valid reason for consideration. Additionally, students must express how they plan to be successful in the MSN Program and participate in a phone interview with a member of the Admission Committee. Committee decisions are final.

Criteria Prior to Admission

  • Eligible for admission to Central Methodist University's Graduate School
  • Current Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree from a college or university accredited by CCNE or ACEN (previously NLNAC).
    • Students with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), three years of nursing experience, and a non-nursing Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university may be considered for acceptance after submitting a portfolio of experiences based on the Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education to the Admission's Committee.
  • Current, undisciplined RN license from a U.S. state or territory
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Nursing Research course with a C grade or better
  • Statistics course with a C grade or better
  • Submission of an Application for Admission
  • Resume and cover letter (one page each) detailing why you are pursuing a graduate degree and how you will use this degree to improve your current practice. Submit to cgesadmissions@centralmethodist.edu.
  • Submission of a formal written paper to cgesadmissions@centralmethodist.edu. A maximum of four pages, demonstrating skills in grammar, spelling, and composition supported by at least two (2) sources from current literature (APA formatting mandatory) that addresses one of the two following prompts:
    • What is the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) in shaping the future of healthcare delivery? or
    • What is the role of the Nurse Educator in shaping the future of healthcare delivery?
  • Two letters of recommendation, one must be from a previous instructor or supervisor.Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly from the author to cgesadmissions@centralmethodist.edu or faxed to the attention of CGES Admissions to 660-248-6392.

    Official transcripts from all colleges previously enrolled at must be requested to be sent to the CGES Office of Admissions at 411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette, MO 65248. Or, e-transcripts may be requested. If able to provide a specific email address in the delivery line, please use cgesadmissions@centralmethodist.edu.

Students who do not meet the published admission criteria for the MSN program may petition for conditional admission during the Admission Review Process. Petition letters must explain why the student does not meet the standard and provide a valid reason for consideration for acceptance. Additionally, students should express how they plan to be successful should their petition to be considered for admission be granted. The Admissions Committee will then submit a recommendation to the Director of Graduate Studies once the petition has been reviewed.

Conditional Admission

Students who do not meet the published admission criteria for the MSN program may petition for consideration of acceptance.  Petition letters must explain why the student does not meet the standard and provide a valid reason for consideration.  Additionally, students must express how they will be successful in the MSN program and participate in a phone interview with a member of the Admissions Committee. Committee decisions are final.

Requirements after Acceptance

Students are required to show proof of the following prior to first class:

  • 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.
  • Health history
  • Rubella titer and/or immunization
  • Current DT immunization
  • Hepatovax injection series

Students are required to show proof of the following prior to clinical coursework:

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