M.S.N. - Family Nurse Practitioner Admission
In addition to the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research, applicants for regular admission to the M.S.N. program must file a separate departmental application through the Nursing Centralized Application System (NursingCAS) to the Department of Nursing, and meet the following criteria:
- Acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies and Research.*
- Be a U.S. citizen or hold permanent residency status in the U.S.
- Reside in the state of Texas.**
- Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
- Overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.***
- Undergraduate statistics course (3 credit hours) completed with a grade of “C” or higher. (A junior-level or senior-level statistics course within five years is recommended, but not required.)
- Applicant must have one (1) year of recent clinical experience as a Registered Nurse.
- Current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Texas required.**
- Three references (academic, professional or clinical) addressing your ability to succeed in graduate school.
- Complete a Personal Statement describing, (a) why you are choosing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner, (b) your plans upon completing the graduate program, (c) how your current work experience will enhance your graduate school experience, and (d) how you plan to manage your time due to the demands of program, work and/or family life (Less than 800 words).
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Résumé.
*In accordance with College of Graduate Studies and Research admission requirements, applicants from a foreign country for whom English is not their first language must also include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) taken within the last two years.
**M.S.N. curriculum requiring practicums must be completed in Texas.
***When an applicant’s GPA is below 3.0, but between 2.75 and 2.99, and if the applicant has achieved a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, the applicant may be granted provisional admission.
Prior to their first clinical course, graduate students must have the following on file in the ASU Nursing Department:
- Current CPR (professional level) certification
- Evidence of meeting state-mandated immunization requirements
- Proof of current health insurance
- Drug screen and/or background check, if required by clinical agency
Clinical sites may require background checks and drug screens before allowing students to participate in clinical experiences.
- A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN -formerly NLNAC) or the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, (CCNE).
- Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale*
- Undergraduate statistics course (three credit hours) completed with a grade of “C” or better (junior- or senior-level statistics within five years is recommended but not required). Current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Texas.**
*When an applicant’s GPA is below 3.0, but between 2.75 and 2.99, and if the applicant has achieved a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, the applicant may be granted provisional admission.
**All faculty-supervised clinical practicums must be completed in Texas.