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 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 yet meet the requirements for regular admission may petition for conditional admission.  The Admissions Committee will submit a recommendation to the Director of Graduate Studies once the petition has been reviewed.  

Criteria Prior to Admission

  • Current Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from a nationally accredited college or university.
  • Current Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from a nationally accredited college or university.
    • Students with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), three years of nursing experience, and a non-nursing Baccalaureate degree from a nationally 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 RN license – undisciplined and within an approved online state
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Nursing Research course with a C grade or better
  • Approved Statistics course with a C grade or better
  • All previous nursing courses with a C grade or better
  • Computer experience/literacy
  • Submission of a new or previously written assignment demonstrating skills in grammar, spelling, composition, and APA formatting.
  • Resume and cover letter (minimum length of one page each) detailing why you are pursuing a graduate degree and how you will use this degree to improve your current practice.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one must be from a previous instructor.
  • Must meet the admission requirements of Central Methodist University's College of Graduate and Extended Studies, as well as Central Methodist University admission requirements.

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. Additionally, students should express a plan of 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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