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Admission to Degree Status

This applies to those interested in receiving direct admission to the program and obtaining a master's degree.

**Women's Health, Psych- Mental Health, Acute and Neonatal concentrations require experience.

Graduate Office Requirements

  1. Completed Graduate School Application, including $60 application fee. If you choose to submit a hard copy, please use the following academic plan codes:NURSMSNACP- Adult Gerontology Acute Nurse Practitioner, NURSMSNANP -Adult Gerontology Primary Nurse Practitioner, NURSMSNFNP (fall only) - Family Nurse Practitioner, NURSMSNFWP(fall only)- Family/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, NURSMSNNP - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, NURSMSNPSY - Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, NURSMSNCER - MSN with a Certificate in Health Professions Education
  2. Official transcripts representing all college coursework with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Completion of an accredited (by NLN or CCNE) baccalaureate program in nursing must be verified.
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Successful applicants usually score at 425 or above on each of the verbal and quantitative scores; and 4 on the analytic score. The revised GRE test effective August 2011 recommended scores are 148 verbal and 140 quantitative.  The analytic score remains at a 4.
  4. Two letters of reference from individuals who can speak of academic and/or professional nursing capabilities and potential. References should be chosen from among: former faculty member, current or immediate past employer, or other nursing/health professional. At least one reference should be from a nurse. These letters should accompany the reference form required by the Graduate School.

School of Nursing Requirements

  1. Completed on-line UofL School of Nursing MSN Application. As a part of this form, you will provide your professional goal statement. You are also required to provide a valid registered nurse licensure number.
  2. A personal interview with faculty may be required.
  3. A Certified Background Check - Please complete the background check through this link. The school code is ni53. You will not send this information to the School of Nursing, as it is handled through the outside agency.NOTE:  Students must keep a copy of their criminal background check account information.  Future clinical sites will require a current CBC; therefore, students will need to resubmit a CBC prior to the start of clinicals.

    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.

Conditional and Provisional Admission

  • Students who do not meet these requirements may be considered for admission in conditional status. Examples: students with low GRE scores. Students admitted conditionally will be reevaluated for full degree status based on criteria identified by the committee. Applications will not be considered for Full or Conditional Degree status unless all application materials are available to the review committee by the application deadline date.
  • Graduating BSN students: Students completing the final semester of their BSN program with a 3.0 or better grade point average may apply for provisional degree status.
  • Admission to Post-Masters

    Graduate Office Requirements

    1. Official transcripts of all college course work including ones verifying completion of accredited BSN and MSN programs. Applicants whose prior degree(s) was from U of L do not need to send official transcripts. However, if the last degree earned was NOT from U of L, those transcripts must be submitted. All applicants are required to submit transcripts for all college work completed.
    2. Completed U of L Graduate School Application, including $60 application fee
    3. Two completed letters of recommendation for Graduate School (see U of L Graduate School Application) which address academic and professional competence. References should be chosen from former faculty member, current or immediate past employer, or other nursing/health professional. At least one reference should be from a nurse. These letters should accompany the reference form required by the Graduate School.
    4. Proof of graduation from a master's program in nursing.
    5. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from MSN program.
    6. Copy of current valid Kentucky registered nurse license without restrictions.

    To the School of Nursing

    1. Completed School of Nursing MSN Application
    2. A personal interview with faculty may be required.
    3. Criminal Background Check - Please complete the background check through this link. The school code is ni53. You will not send this information to the School of Nursing, as it is handled through the outside agency.
    4. 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, you may contact the Administrative Assistant to the Graduate Program.

     

    Admission to Visiting Student Status

    Visiting students from other schools may apply each semester for non-degree status by submitting the following

    1. Completed U of L Graduate School Application, including $60 application fee. If you choose to submit a hard copy, please use the following academic plan codes: NURSMSNANP -Adult Nurse Practitioner, NURSMSNACP- Adult Acute Nurse Practitioner, NURSMSNFNP - Family Nurse Practitioner, NURSMSNFWP- Family/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, NURSMSNNP  - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner,  NURSMSNPSY - Psychiatric/Mental Health NP or CNS, NURSMSNCER - MSN with a Certificate in Health Professions Education.
    2. A letter of good standing from student’s home school or transcripts from graduate school in which the student is currently enrolled verifying a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
    3. Priority enrollment in courses is given to graduate nursing students in degree status
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