Admission Requirements

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To enroll students with the greatest potential for successfully completing the program, the McKenzie-Elliott School of Nursing will consider the criteria listed below for full acceptance, in addition to general requirements for admission to the Graduate School.

Admission Criteria for MSN

  • Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited NLN or CCNE School of Nursing.
  • Current, valid North Carolina nursing license or a license with multistate practice privileges by authority of the Nurse Licensure Compact.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) for full admission.
  • Nursing practice experience (one year recommended).
  • Completed application and official transcripts of all post-secondary coursework sent directly from each institution to the Graduate School.
  • Completion of a course in Descriptive/Inferential Statistics with a minimum of "C" or higher.
  • A personal statement describing the applicant's experience and objective in undertaking graduate study in the chosen specialty.  The personal statement should describe:
    • The development of your interest in graduate education in nursing
    • Any special circumstances that you believe require further clarification
    • Your academic strengths and areas needing further development
    • Your professional goals and how this specialization will help you achieve them
    • The reason for the specialty area to which you are applying
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae of educational and work experience.
  • Three letters of recommendation from instructors, supervisors or professional colleagues, two of which must come from individuals with a minimum of a master's degree in nursing, who are qualified to evaluate your professional nursing experience, academic competence, and potential to undertake a master's degree program.
  • For graduates of BSN programs of greater than 5 years, it is recommended that an additional course or continuing education offering be completed prior to enrolling in the following graduate courses:  Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Pharmacology.

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