Admissions Information - MSN/PMC

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all undergraduate course work.
  • United States citizens, prior to admission to the graduate program, must be legally licensed to practice nursing in one of the 50 states.
  • Completed application. See instructions here.
  • Prior to enrollment in clinical courses and those related to the conduct of research students must hold an active registered nurse license in the particular state/states in which participating in clinical practice and research activities.
  • Three letters of recommendation: (Suggested to include: Faculty, manager at nursing job, nurse practitioners) 
  • Personal interview with graduate faculty member in the area of concentration to which the student has applied. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview. You will meet with one or more faculty members to talk about your background, career goals, questions and whether there is a match between what you want to accomplish and our program. If you are unable, because of distance, to travel to one of the interview sites, you may be interviewed by telephone.
  • Personal Statement including a description of the applicant's goals relative to his/her professional career.
  • An undergraduate course in health assessment or its equivalent. The fulfillment of this requirement is determined by each specialty area. (Not required for nursing administration.)
  • An undergraduate course in nursing research.
  • Students with experience in research may challenge the undergraduate research course.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required.
  • International students: prior to admission: eligible to practice nursing in your country of residence — and RN licensure in one of the 50 states in the United States. We suggest the same state in which you will fulfill your MSN clinical/research requirements (see next bullet point below.)

    Applicants whose language of nurture is not English must present current (within the last 5 years) scores from instruments that measure listening, structure, reading, writing and oral communication competency in the English Language. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Pearson Test of English are acceptable examinations to demonstrate English language competency.
    1. The minimum scoring standards are as follows:
      1. Internet Based TOEFL (iBT): minimum score of 22 in the Reading, Listening and Writing sections and a minimum score of 26 in the Speaking section.
      2. Pearson Test of English (PTE): minimum score of 59 in the Reading, Listening and Writing sections and a minimum score of 71 in the Speaking section.
    2. International applicants who originate from a country whose native language is English will be evaluated individually
    3. Any student who presents with a question of English proficiency upon faculty or student service advisor interview must demonstrate English proficiency according to the standards listed above.

Admission Deadlines

Note: A completed application includes the online application, supplemental application, personal statement, all transcripts, fee and all letters of recommendation.

Visiting or non-degree Professional Students

Visiting students are licensed professionals who may take specific courses for non-degree credit. Admission to these offerings is based on an application, an application fee, and permission of the instructor. An Application may be obtained by contacting UNMC College of Nursing Student Services.

You are strongly encouraged to attend or call in to an information session.

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