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Steps to Enroll: Graduate Nursing Programs


Application Process

Applications to the graduate nursing programs at Briar Cliff are handled through The Centralized Application for Nursing Programs (Nursing CAS), a service which allows you to use one website to apply to multiple graduate nursing programs. You can also apply directly to Briar Cliff's program using our Graduate Application for Admission form.

 

Requirements & Prerequisites

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

To be eligible for admission into Briar Cliff's DNP program, you must have:

  • A master's degree in nursing or completion of a post-master's certificate program as either a family nurse practitioner or adult/gerontology nurse practitioner from a CCNE-, ACEN- or CNEA-accredited program. 
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Evidence of licensure as an APRN in the state of residence.
  • A minimum of 2,000 hours of nursing practice.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program

To be eligible for admission into Briar Cliff's MSN program, you must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE-, ACEN or CNEA-accredited program, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. You must have an upper division major in nursing, including the following courses: Physical assessment, nursing research, ethics and statistics.
  • Evidence of licensure as an R.N. in Iowa or state participating in the licensure compact.
  • BCLS certification.
  • A minimum of 2,000 hours of nursing practice.

Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Certificate

To be eligible for admission into Briar Cliff's Post-Master's NP Certificate program, you must have:

  • A Master of Science in Nursinge degree from a CCNE, ACEN- or CNEA-accredited program.
  • Evidence of licensure as an R.N. in Iowa or state participating in the licensure compact.
  • BCLS certification.
  • A minimum of 2,000 hours of nursing practice.

 

Admissions Checklist

1. Apply for admission through the Nursing CAS website or through Briar Cliff's graduate program application.

2. Submit a nonrefundable deposit of $250.00 upon acceptance to the program. This fee will be applied to the fall tuition. If the applicant decides not to attend Briar Cliff after submitting the fee, it will not be refunded.

4. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Briar Cliff's FAFSA code: 001846.

3. Wait to receive your application status notification.
When your application is complete, the nursing faculty will review your file and notify you of your acceptance status and financial award by mail. Review of applications will start April 15 and will continue until the cohort is filled for the next semester.

4. Application files must be complete by April 15 for consideration for the following fall.
This includes two letters of recommendation from an academic source (i.e. former professor or instructor). Use our letter of recommendation form →. When your application is complete, the graduate nursing faculty will review your file and notify you of your acceptance status. If you are accepted, the $250.00 deposit will be due at that time.

 

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