Family nurse practitioner How to apply

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Family nurse practitioner.
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How to apply

Fulfill the admission requirements:

  • Completed baccalaureate and master’s degree from a nationally accredited nursing program.
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Certification and/or credentialing is required. Applicants to the Graduate Certificate Program must be certified Advanced Practice Nurses and hold certification (Advance Leadership Certification does not qualify for our Graduate Certificate APRN degrees.)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours.
  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may provide additional evidence documenting examples of outstanding professional leadership, practice and/or scholarship for special consideration.
  • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.

Application dates

To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
Fall Feb. 15 August
Spring Sept. 30 January

Gather your papers

Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

  • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  • Curriculum vitae documenting education, work experience, leadership, professional organization activities and scholarly endeavors (e.g. publications, presentations, research, honors, awards).
  • Complete an interview.
    • Kira Talent is the platform utilized to complete your interview. Kira is integrated with Nursing CAS, and you will be able to access and complete your interview through CAS.
    • There are both video recorded verbal questions and written questions.
  • Two professional recommendations supporting the applicant’s potential success in the MS(N) program.
    • References should be from master’s or doctorally prepared nurses or faculty members who can address the applicant’s potential or ability to function in the advanced practice nursing role
    • Applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program must submit at least one recommendation from a current faculty member in that program.
    • Recommendations from family, friends, fellow staff nurses, or minister will not be accepted.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or C1 Advanced score reports for applicants whose native language is not English. For information on sending test scores, visit the Grad School website.
  • Copies of current, unencumbered registered nurse license(s).

Complete the NursingCAS application

The Sinclair School of Nursing processes applications for this program through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing programs.

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Complete the MU Graduate School application

After you’ve been notified that your application to the program has been reviewed and accepted by the Sinclair School of Nursing, you will formally apply to MU through the Graduate School.

Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

  • Degree/Delivery: Graduate Certificate- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
  • Academic Program: Family Nurse Practitioner-Distance (Grad Cert)

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing

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