Application Deadline:

Application Opens: August 15th

Priority Application Deadline: October 15th

Accepting applications until February 1, 2023.

Application 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. The University of Louisville School of Nursing application will be available through the NursingCAS system starting August 15th each year.

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 the transcript, so please see 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 Applicant Help Center and not to the School of Nursing.

Questions regarding admission requirements should be directed to

A holistic review process is used when considering applications for admission. The holistic review considers multiple criteria for admission, such as: the applicant’s professional career goals, academic capabilities, and grade point averages. The Master's Entry into Professional Nursing program also considers the number of completed prerequisite courses. All prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the program. Student applications will be considered for admissions into the graduate program while enrolled in prerequisite course work.

Admission Requirements

Submit Items to the NursingCAS

  • Official transcripts representing all college coursework must be submitted. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited school is required. Recommended undergraduate cumulative grade point average 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). Please note that transcript evaluations can sometimes take several weeks.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Within the Nursing CAS application, submit names and email addresses of individuals who can speak to your academic and/or professional capabilities and potential.
  • Goal Statement. Within the Nursing CAS application, attach a maximum of 2 pages (double spaced and 12 point font). The goal statement should include:
    • Explain your reasons for seeking the MEPN 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.
  • Professional Resume.
  • Students for whom English is not their primary language must show English Proficiency

Other Required Items

  • Interview with faculty may be required.
  • 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.
  • Complete UofL Graduate School Application. Select Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN)

*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.


*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

    Assessment Technologies Institute Testing (ATI)

    $850 + tax (split between 1st and 3rd semester)

    Amounts may be subject to change. 

    Background Check


    Cardinal Card (Student ID)

    $10 Replacement Costs

    Castlebranch Clinical Compliance Tracker


    Course Fees

    $50 per credit hour instructional fee; $45 per credit hour per clinical course. Assessed at registration.

    Drug Screening





    Visit Campus Health website for individual costs.

    Nursing Student Liability Insurance

    $50 estimate per year

    Major Medical Health Insurance

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

    Name Tags


    Nursing Pack


    Parking Permit

    Required by UofL Campus parking. Costs vary.

    Scrub Tops/Pants

    $50 per set average


    $85-$160 depending on model

    Student Health Fee-Upper Division

    $52.50 per semester, Campus Health Services

    Financial Aid

    Financial Aid & Scholarships