Application Process

This admissions process is not for prerequisite coursework. This is the admissions process for admissions consideration into the Accelerated Second Degree Program.  If you have multiple science or math failures, contact the program academic advisor prior to applying for admissions.

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. The University of Louisville School of Nursing application will be available through the NursingCAS system starting September 1, 2021.

The program location a student selects, Louisville or Owensboro, will determine the location students attend clinical experiences.

You do not need to submit any of your supporting documents to the University of Louisville.

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 the transcript, so please ensure that all materials are received by NursingCAS well in advance of the published deadline.

NursingCAS provides detailed instructions on its website. Review information under the “Prepare to Apply” tab. The system provides you with updates on your progression as you work through the application and allows you to check your status online to track the receipt of your application, transcripts, and references.

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 for the Louisville program and for the Owensboro program.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the program. Student applications will be considered for admissions into the program while enrolled in prerequisite coursework.

Application Opens: September 1

Application Deadline: November 15

Admission Requirements

Submit Items to NursingCAS

  • Official transcripts representing all college coursework must be submitted. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited school is required.  Recommend a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale and minimum nursing program grade point average of 3.0. The nursing program grade point average is based on the prerequisites for admission.
  • Applicants who have attended a college or university outside the United States are also required to submit an evaluation of their transcript through World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). Please note that transcript evaluations can sometimes take several weeks.
  • Within the CAS application be prepared to answer the following questions:
    • Goal Statement (500 words or less):

      Describe your personal qualities as they pertain to a successful nursing career. Address your perception of the nursing profession and how you came to choose this career. Describe your short- and long-term nursing goals. Include information about previous degree(s) and/or work experience.

    • Leadership Experience (250 words or less):

      Describe your leadership experience and how the experience(s) may translate to successful completion of the nursing program and a career in nursing. Include organization(s) or event(s), leadership role(s), and date(s) of involvement over the last 3 years.

    • Community Engagement (250 words or less):

      Describe your experiences with community engagement, including any volunteerism and work with community organizations. How might these experiences impact your future career as a nurse? Include organization(s) or event(s), role(s), and date(s) of involvement over the last 3 years.

    • Healthcare Experience/Exposure (250 words or less):

      Describe your health care experience and how it will translate to success both in the nursing program and in the nursing profession. Include position(s), organization name(s), and dates of employment/exposure over the last 3 years.

  • Students for whom English is not their primary language must show English Proficiency

Other Required Items

  • A Certified Background Check - The outside agency will send your results to the university. It is recommended to place your order a minimum of 7-10 working days prior to the published deadline.

*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.