Nursing (MSN)

Admissions Policies—MSN/School of Nursing

Criteria for Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing 

A holistic review process is used when considering applications for admission to the master's program. The holistic review considers multiple criteria for admissions, including the applicant's professional career goals, academic capabilities, GPA, work experience, leadership and community engagement.

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.  The School of Nursing will receive your application information from NursingCAS and use it to make admission decisions.

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program, the following items must be submitted:

To the Graduate School

Completed Graduate Admissions Application including a reduced application fee.

To NursingCAS

  • Official transcripts representing all college coursework.  BSN degree must be from a regionally accredited institution and a CCNE-, ACEN- or NLN-accredited nursing program. Recommended undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.  If applicable, recommended graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on 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 from individuals who can speak of academic and/or professional nursing capabilities and potential. Recommendation should be requested from former faculty, current or immediate past employers, or other nursing/health professionals. Recommendations must be completed within the last year. 
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) including your RN license number.
  • Unencumbered RN license from a US state board of nursing.
  • Responses to all questions asked on the NursingCAS application.
  • Students for whom English is not their primary language must show Proof of English Proficiency

Additional requirements for acute care specialties:

  • Neonatal specialty: Minimum of one year of RN clinical experience in a Level III or Level IV NICU prior to admission. All NNP applicants must have the equivalent of two years of full-time RN clinical experience within the last five years in Level III and/or Level IV NICU inpatient setting before beginning clinical courses
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute: One year of RN experience in the ICU or one year of RN experience in any area and a commitment to complete one year of RN clinical practice in the ICU prior to beginning clinical courses.  Applicants that do not have one year of RN experience at the point of application, but will complete one year before beginning clinical courses, will satisfy the work requirement.   
Core Courses Required for Specialties
NURS 607Foundational Concepts of Evidence Based Practice3
NURS 643Quality and Safety in Advanced Practice Nursing2
NURS 657Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse and Vulnerable Populations3
NURS 726Clinical Practicum for the MSN NP I 12
NURS 727Clinical Practicum for the MSN NP II 12
NURS 740Advanced Pharmacology 13
NURS 728 Clinical Practicum for the MSN NP III 12
NURS 729 Clinical Practicum for the MSN NP IV 12
NURS 741Advanced Pathophysiology4
NURS 742Advanced Physical Assessment 13
NURS 749The Business of Healthcare3
NURS 807The Professional Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse3
Minimum Total Hours32

Minimum clinical hour requirements: 

A minimum of 672 clinical contact hours (8 credit hours) is required for all specialties with the exception of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP).  The NNP requires a minimum of 756 clinical contact hours or 9 credit hours.  One (1) credit hour equals 84 clinical contact hours. 

Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Academic Plan Code(s): NURSMSNAAG

The patient population of the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner practice includes the entire spectrum of adults including adolescents, adults and aging adults. Acute care nurse practitioners work in the intensive care unit (ICU), progressive care unit (PCU), other  hospital units and specialty provider's offices.

Courses
NURS 754Clinical Reasoning in Advanced Practice Nursing1
NURS 760Gerontology Pharmacology1
NURS 776Procedures and Diagnostics for the Acute Care NP I1
NURS 777The Adult/Gerontology Acute Care NP Role1
NURS 779Diagnosis & Management in Acute Care I4
NURS 780Procedures and Diagnostics for the Acute Care NP II2
NURS 781Diagnosis & Management in Acute Care II3
NURS 783Diagnosis & Management in Acute Care III1
Minimum Total Hours14

Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Academic Plan Code(s): NURSMSNAGP

The patient population of the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner practice includes the entire spectrum of the adults including adolescents, adults and aging adults.  An Adult-Gero NP could work in the following settings:  internal medicine offices; health clinics; a specialty office; hospital rehab or a hospice unit; long term care facility; fast-track ER or adult urgent care facility.

Courses
NURS 753Adolescent Well Child Theory1
NURS 754Clinical Reasoning in Advanced Practice Nursing1
NURS 755Diagnosis and Management of Adult Health in Primary Care4
NURS 756Procedures & Diagnostics for Adult Health2
NURS 757Diagnosis and Management of Women's Health in Primary Care2
NURS 758Diagnosis and Management of Mental Health in Primary Care2
NURS 759Diagnosis and Management of the Older Adult in Primary Care2
NURS 760Gerontology Pharmacology1
Minimum Total Hours15

Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner

Academic Plan Code(s): NURSMSNFNP

The family nurse practitioner (FNP) is prepared to care for individuals and families across the lifespan. A family NP could work in the following settings:  health clinic, adult or pediatric primary care office, inpatient rehab or hospice unit, a school, fast-track ER or urgent care facility.

Courses
NURS 754Clinical Reasoning in Advanced Practice Nursing1
NURS 755Diagnosis and Management of Adult Health in Primary Care4
NURS 756Procedures & Diagnostics for Adult Health2
NURS 757Diagnosis and Management of Women's Health in Primary Care2
NURS 758Diagnosis and Management of Mental Health in Primary Care2
NURS 760Gerontology Pharmacology1
NURS 761Pediatric & Adolescent Well Child Theory2
NURS 762Diagnosis & Management of Pediatrics in Primary Care2
Minimum Total Hours16

Master of Science in Nursing - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Academic Plan Code(s): NURSMSNNNP

Neonatal nurse practitioners (NNP) provide health care to neonate, infants, and children through 2 years of age.  The NNP role includes the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness in neonate.

Courses
NURS 761Pediatric & Adolescent Well Child Theory2
NURS 763Advanced Neonatal Physiology & Pathophysiology I3
NURS 764Neonatal Diagnostic Reasoning I1
NURS 765Advance Neonatal Physiology & Pathophysiology II3
NURS 766Neonatal Diagnostic Reasoning II1
NURS 767Neonatal Residency I3
NURS 768Neonatal Residency II3
NURS 769Neonatal Residency III3
NURS 784Advanced Neonatal Pharmacology3
NURS 785Advanced Neonatal Assessment3
NURS 786Human Embryology and Genetics3
Minimum Total Hours28

Master of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Academic Plan Code(s): NURSMSNPSY

Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNP) focus on individuals across the lifespan, families, and populations across the lifespan at risk for developing and/or having a diagnosis of psychiatric disorders or mental health problems. This includes assessment, diagnosis, and management of mental health and psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.

Courses
NURS 770Advanced Psych Assessment & Clinical Interview2
NURS 771Psychopathology2
NURS 772Psychopharmacology2
NURS 773Management of Psychiatric/Mental Health Conditions: Foundation of Individual Psychotherapy3
NURS 774Diagnosis and Management in Psych/Mental Health: Group Psychotherapy and Care of Special Populations3
NURS 775Diagnosis and Management of Special Populations in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing3
Minimum Total Hours15
1

Course not required for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialty.

Master of Science in Nursing graduates from the UofL School of Nursing are prepared to apply for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) certification in their population track upon graduation; however, educational preparation does not guarantee professional licensure. If you have questions regarding Kentucky APRN licensure, please contact the Kentucky Board of Nursing (https://kbn.ky.gov/Pages/advanced-practice-registered-nurse.aspx). For APRN  licensure questions in other states, please contact the respective state board of nursing (https://ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm).