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.

The master's degree in nursing program at University of Louisville School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation The school received reaccreditation in 2011 with regular reporting for a period of ten years. Our next accreditation review will be completed before 2021.

Application Process

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

Graduate Office Requirement

  1. Completed U of L Graduate School Application, including $60 application fee (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
    • Resume including your RN license number.
    • Proof of English Proficiency: International students for whom English is not their primary language must show English language proficiency by 1) TOEFL examination scores of: Computer-based test minimum score of 220; Written Essay score of 4.0; Paper-based test minimum score of 560; Written Essay score of 4.0; Internet based test minimum score of 79; Written Essay score of 4.0 or 2) by successfully completing the exit examination for the advanced level of the intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville or 3) by demonstration of a degree award from an acceptable English language institution or 4) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores of at least a 6.5 overall band score from the academic module exam.
    • A personal interview may be required.

After university Graduate Application has been submitted to Graduate Admissions submit the following:

  1. Completed online Legal Questionnaire.
  2. 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.
  3. A personal interview may be required.

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. After carefully reading the guidelines on the Kentucky Board of Nursing website.


School of Nursing Costs

Background Check

$40; paid with upper division application

Cardinal Card (Student ID)

$10 Replacement Costs

Major Medical Health Insurance

$995.50; 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