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Steps to Enroll: Graduate Nursing Programs


The next cohort of DNP students will be accepted for a start date in Summer 2019.

Application Process

The Office of Admissions administers the application process for the Department of Nursing. The Department of Nursing graduate faculty determine eligibility and acceptance for the program. When the Office of Admissions has received all required application documents, the file is submitted to the Graduate Nursing Program Director who reviews the file with the graduate faculty. Applications are due February 1st.

MSN Program

Before a decision is made regarding admission to the MSN program, the following must be received by the Office of Admissions:

  • One copy of the formal application for admission.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) from the undergraduate program from which they received their bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • For the MSN Programs, an official transcript from all prior undergraduate and graduate study documenting a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE, CNEA or ACEN accredited program, with an upper division major in nursing including the following courses:
    • Physical Assessment
    • Nursing Research
    • Ethics
    • Statistics
  • Evidence of Licensure as an RN in Iowa or a state participating in the licensure compact prior to enrollment in the first graduate nursing core course.
  • Evidence of a minimum of 2000 hours of clinical nursing practice as a registered nurse within the two years prior to enrollment in the first nursing specialty course. Employment must be verified by the employer.
  • Demonstrate logical thinking and writing skills in the preparation of a goal statement. This statement must:
    • Include the applicant’s short-term and long-term professional goals in nursing (maximum 250 words)
    • Include the applicant’s professional leadership and work experience in relation to practice setting, client population served, number of years of experience, and how the experiences prepared he/she for graduate education (Maximum 250 words)
    • Include areas of inquiry where the applicant would like to pursue in the graduate studies (maximum 100 words)
    • Signature of the applicant and date the statement was written.
  • Computer proficiency in email, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Access to and ability to utilize a functional webcam and microphone are required for the application process and online course participation.
  • Two letters of reference/recommendation from individuals within the profession.
  • Submission of the YouseeU interview.
  • A non-refundable $250.00 matriculation fee will be required to hold the applicant’s place in the cohort and will be applied to the first semester tuition.

Post-master’s APRN Certificate Program

  • One copy of the formal application for admission.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) from the undergraduate program from which they received their bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • For the MSN Programs, an official transcript from all prior undergraduate and graduate study documenting a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE, CNEA or ACEN accredited program, with an upper division major in nursing including the following courses:
    • Physical Assessment
    • Nursing Research
    • Ethics
    • Statistics
    • For the Post-Masters FNP/AGNP Certificate Programs, an official transcript from a graduate program documenting a master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE, CNEA or ACEN accredited program.
  • Evidence of a minimum of 2000 hours of clinical nursing practice as a registered nurse within the two years prior to enrollment in the first nursing specialty course. Employment must be verified by the employer.
  • Demonstrate logical thinking and writing skills in the preparation of a goal statement. This statement must:
    • Include the applicant’s short-term and long-term professional goals in nursing (maximum 250 words)
    • Include the applicant’s professional leadership and work experience in relation to practice setting, client population served, number of years of experience, and how the experiences prepared he/she for graduate education (Maximum 250 words)
    • Include areas of inquiry where the applicant would like to pursue in the graduate studies (maximum 100 words)
    • Signature of the applicant and date the statement was written.
  • Evidence of Licensure as an RN in Iowa or a state participating in the licensure compact prior to enrollment in the first graduate nursing core course.
  • Computer proficiency in email (sending and receiving), Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Two letters of reference/recommendation from individuals within the profession.
  • Submission of the YouseeU interview.
  • A non-refundable $250.00 matriculation fee will be required to hold the applicant’s place in the cohort and will be applied to the first semester tuition.

Post-master’s DNP Program

For the Post-Masters DNP Program, an official transcript from a graduate program documenting a master’s degree in nursing with a focus in NP education from a CCNE, CNEA or ACEN accredited program to include the number of hours of practicum completed.

  • Demonstrate logical thinking and writing skills in the preparation of a goal statement. This statement must:
    • Include the applicant’s short-term and long-term professional goals in nursing (maximum 250 words)
    • Include the applicant’s professional leadership and work experience in relation to practice setting, client population served, number of years of experience, and how the experiences prepared he/she for graduate education (maximum 250 words)
    • Include areas of inquiry where the applicant would like to pursue in the graduate studies (maximum 100 words)
    • Signature of the applicant and date the statement was written.
    • For DNP students, the statement should include a desired potential topic for the Practice Innovation Project.
  • Two letters of reference/recommendation from individuals within the profession.
  • Computer proficiency in email (sending and receiving), Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Submission of the YouseeU interview.
  • A non-refundable $250.00 matriculation fee will be required to hold the applicant’s place in the cohort and will be applied to the first semester tuition.

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