Nursing Class of 2021

Master of Science in Nursing Admission Criteria

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Admission Criteria

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Students applying for admission will meet the following criteria and submit documentation of:  

  1. Bachelor of Science in nursing from an accredited college or university with a nursing program that is accredited by a nationally recognized nursing accrediting agency (National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  
  2. Proof of unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license 
  3. Two years of full-time professional acute care nursing experience 
    • Acute care is required, critical care experience is preferred for the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AG-ACNP) track
  4. Official transcripts listing all undergraduate and graduate coursework completed
  5. Resume or curriculum vitae
  6. Professional and/or academic competence in nursing attested through two letters of recommendation submitted electronically by the recommender as part of the online application
  7. A personal statement regarding both professional and educational goals; in 500 words or less, describe your practice topic of interest, why it is significant to nursing and your educational goals 
  8. Complete online application to the Augustana University Nursing Program
  9. International students must have sufficient English language proficiency to successfully complete a graduate nursing program  
    • Students whose native language is not English must complete Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit scores with the online application
    • Requirements for English proficiency:
      • Minimum score of 22 (TOEFL) or 6.5 (IELTS) in the reading, listening and writing sections 
      • Minimum score of 26 (TOEFL) or 8 (IELTS) in the speaking section
    • A student who applies with a question of proficiency in English must meet the above standards  
  10. Upon review of the application and all documents, the most highly qualified applicants from the overall pool may be invited for an interview electronically or in person