MSN & DNP Admissions

Application Information

All completed applications will be reviewed, and decision notifications emailed to all applicants in 6-8 weeks following the application deadline. Applications may be considered on a space available basis after the deadline. 

Application Deadlines

Summer Start: February 1
  • Master of Science in Nursing 
  • MSN (APRN) to DNP 

Fall Start: May 1

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice**
Spring Start: September 1
  • Master of Science in Nursing
*Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Acute Nurse Practitioner specialty (DNP) admits full-time in even years only. Fall 2024 will be the next full-time DNP admission cycle. DNP Part-time progression is available during odd years. MSN program will admit in fall 2024, spring 2025 and summer 2025. 

**Nurse Anesthesia specialty admits full-time with a fall start only. The application cycle follows an alternate timeline, see NA application process.

Admission Process

The University of Louisville School of Nursing participates in Nursing’s Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS), which provides you with an online application. NursingCAS collects and processes your application documents and verifies your transcripts. We receive your application information from NursingCAS and use it to make our admission decisions.

You do not need to submit any of your supporting documents to the University of Louisville. Only the University of Louisville Graduate Admissions Application is required with a reduced fee of $40.

All required items must be uploaded, and transcripts verified by NursingCAS on or before the published deadline. The transcript verification process can take several weeks after receipt of transcript, so please see that all materials are received by NursingCAS well in advance of the published deadline.

Questions on how to upload required documents or questions regarding receipt of transcripts should be directed to NursingCAS and not to the School of Nursing.

Questions regarding admission requirements should be directed to

Admission Requirements

A holistic review process is used when considering applications for admission to the MSN, Post Graduate Certificate and DNP program. The holistic review considers multiple criteria for admission, including the applicant’s professional career goals, academic capabilities, GPA, work experience, leadership and community engagement.

Neonatal specialty applicants: Minimum of one year of RN experience in a Level III or Level IV NICU recommended prior to admission. All NNP applicants must have the equivalent of 2 years of full-time clinical practice experience (within the last 5 years) in Level III and/or IV NICU inpatient settings before a student begins clinical courses

Adult-Gerontology Acute specialty applicants: One year of RN experience in the ICU or one year of RN experience in any area and a commitment to complete one year in the ICU prior to starting program clinicals.  Applicants that do not have one year of RN experience at the point of application, but will complete one year prior to starting the program, will satisfy the work requirement.   

Pediatric Acute specialty applicants: One year of RN experience in an acute care setting or one year of RN experience in any area and a commitment to complete one year in an acute care setting prior to starting program clinicals.

Nurse Anesthesia specialty applicants: All NA applicants must have CCRN certification, the equivalent of two years of full-time Critical Care/ICU experience (within the last two years), and 24 hours minimum of job shadowing with a CRNA prior to admission. Completion of the GRE exam is also required.

To the Graduate School:

  • Completed Graduate Admission Application including a reduced application fee. No additional documents required with UofL application. Please send all admission documents to Nursing CAS.

To Nursing CAS:

  • Official transcripts representing all college course work. Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree must be from a regionally accredited institution and a NLN, CCNE or ACEN accredited nursing program. Recommended undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If applicable, recommended cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants who have attended a college or university outside the United States are also required to submit a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript through World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). 
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your academic and/or professional capabilities and potential.
  • Within the Nursing CAS application, be prepared to answer the following questions:
    • Describe your reasons for applying to the selected program, including your short and long-term professional goals.
    • What is your motivation for choosing your selected specialty?
    • Explain your professional growth and development that has specifically prepared you for the specialty for which you have applied.
    • (DNP applicants only) Identify and discuss a system or population health problem that could benefit from an evidence-based change.
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Unencumbered RN license from a U.S. state board of nursing.
  • Students for whom English is not their primary language must show English Proficiency


* All nursing students are required to submit a criminal background check (CBC) through the School of Nursing third party vendor Castlebranch. Students will be required to submit the CBC along with their decision to accept the admissions decision. Details will be included in the admission offer letter.

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.


APRN Program Fee Schedule (MSN, DNP & Post-Graduate Certificate)


Instructional Fee

$50 per credit hour

Per credit hour in all courses. Assessed at registration.

Clinical Fee

$100 per credit hour

Per credit hour in all clinical courses and the health assessment course.  Assessed at registration




Background Check


One time at admission

Cardinal Card (Student ID)


Replacement cost



Visit Campus Health Services for individual costs.

Drug Screen

Approximately $42

Required for clinical compliance.

Clinical Placement Fee


One time- Assessed at first clinical course.

Clinical Hours Documentation Fee (Typhon)


One time- Required for clinical compliance

Student Liability Insurance


Approximate cost-  Required for clinical compliance

Major Medical Health Insurance


Visit Campus Health website for individual costs. Required by UofL. May waive with proof of insurance.



Approximate cost- Required for clinical compliance

ACLS/ PALS/ NRP as applicable


Approximate cost- Required for clinical compliance

Mandatory Health Fee


Required each semester


Costs vary


Project Dissemination Poster (DNP students only)


One time at end of program



Estimate pending model

University Bundled Fee


Required each semester

Professional Association Dues



NA Program Fees


Per year. See NA Program site for more information.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid & Scholarships