About the Program

About the Program

The Master of Science in Nursing, Certificate in Health Professions Education degree program is a partnership between the School of Nursing (SON) and the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD.)  In order to earn the MSN, students must complete the requirements for the Certificate in Health Professions Education (HPE).  Students interested in pursuing the HPE Certificate only, should contact the College of Education and Human Development.  http://louisville.edu/education/degrees/gc-hpe

The goal of the MSN graduate credential is to prepare professional nurses in the application of evidence based practice and leadership.  MSN graduate education provides the knowledge base necessary to:

  • Teach in an Associate or Baccalaureate degree program
  • Serve as an educator within the hospital
  • Progress in current employment situation
  • Provide leadership in a variety of settings
  • Promote health education at several levels:  patient, institution, community

The HPE Certificate is designed for those involved in education, learning, and performance improvement in healthcare settings. The program includes faculty, future faculty, clinical educators, residents, and graduate students in health science fields such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, clinical, and allied health professions.  Coursework is focused primarily for healthcare educators.

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The bachelor of science in nursing, master of science in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice programs at University of Louisville are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Application Process

Applications for fall semester will be considered through April 1st
All application materials must be received by the posted deadlines.

A holistic review process is used when considering applications for admission to the MEPN program.  The holistic review considers multiple criteria for admission, such as: the applicant’s professional career goals, academic capabilities, grade point averages, work experience, leadership and community engagement.

Graduate Office Requirement

      1. Completed U of L Graduate School Application, (application available online at:  http://graduate.louisville.edu/apply) Select the School of Nursing, MSN track.
      2. Complete an additional Graduate School Application, no fee required.  Select the College of Education and Human Development, Certificate for Health Professions Education option http://louisville.edu/education/degrees/gc-hpe .
      3. Official transcripts representing all college course work with cumulative graduate and undergraduate grade point averages of at least 3.0 on 4.0 scale. Completion of accredited (by NLN or CCNE) graduate and undergraduate programs in nursing must be verified.  Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university is required.
      4. Two letters of reference from individuals who can speak of academic and/or professional nursing capabilities and potential. References should be chosen from:  former faculty member, current or immediate past employer, or other nursing/health professional.  At least 1 reference should be from a nurse.  These letters should accompany the reference form required by the Graduate School. https://sharepoint.louisville.edu/sites/SIGS/Documents/grad-rec.pdf
      5. Goal Statement. The goal statement should be a maximum of 2 pages (double spaced and 12 point font).
        The goal statement should include:
  • Explain your reason for seeking the program including short and long-term professional goals.
  • Describe how past educational, work, and/or life experiences have prepared you for this next step in the career
  1. Within the application, upload your resume including your RN license number.
  2. Within the application, upload your RN verification of licensure from the Board of Nursing.
  3. Students for whom English is not their primary language must show English language proficiency by 1) demonstration of a degree awarded from an acceptable English language institution or 2) acceptable examination: TOEFL; International English Language Testing System (IELTS); successful completion of the exit examination for the advanced level of the intensive English as a Second Language Program.  Recommended test scores are available on the University International Student website.
  4. A personal interview may be required.
  5. Completed online Legal Questionnaire. Link will be provided with the receipt of application confirmation.
  6. A Certified Background Check - Please complete the background check through this link. The school code is Ni53bc. You will not send this information to the School of Nursing, as it is handled through the outside agency.

*Please note that all nursing students are required to have background checks. As a result, the Kentucky Board of Nursing requires nursing students to report all misdemeanors and felonies to them. Carefully read the guidelines on the Kentucky Board of Nursing website.


School of Nursing Costs

Background Check

$58; paid with upper division application

Cardinal Card (Student ID)

$10 Replacement Costs

Major Medical Health Insurance

$1275, Required by UofL.  May waive with proof of insurance

Parking Permit

Required for UofL Campus parking. Costs vary.

Student Health Fee

$52.50 per semester, Campus Health Services


Financial Aid

Effective Fall 2012, Post-Master's MSN Certificate students are not eligible for federal financial aid. Students may apply for private loans and institutional funding.

Financial Aid, Scholarships, Fellowships and Assistantships

School of Nursing Office of Student Services

Phone502.852.1196 or
1.877.81NURSE (816-8773)

Health Science Campus
555 S. Floyd Street
Third Floor, School of Nursing
Louisville, KY 40292