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Post-Master’s Admissions

To apply for a post-master’s program, you must first meet all MSN application requirements unless otherwise noted. In addition, please be aware of the following:  


You are required to have a Pennsylvania Registered Nursing License prior to beginning clinical rotations. If you do not have a Pennsylvania license but you are licensed to practice in another country, you must complete the CGFNS Certification Program. We need proof you’ve at least passed the CGFNS Qualifying Examination prior to reviewing your admissions application. See the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing website for more details.

If you are completing the NCLEX® in another state, please review the requirements to obtain a Pennsylvania Registered Nursing License. See Item 6: Licensure by Endorsement With Temporary Practice Permit.

Gap Analysis

Once your application is complete, we will conduct a preliminary analysis of previously completed course work. If you are admitted, we will generate a DRAFT plan of study. If you accept our admission offer, you must submit a $300 fee so we can conduct a formal gap analysis.

You will need to submit syllabi and course calendars for each of the courses preliminarily considered transferrable. We will conduct a thorough curriculum review to develop a final plan of study and formal gap analysis. The gap analysis is a requirement when submitting your application for certification.

NOTE: If you are seeking to complete an MSN minor as a certificate, you are exempt from the gap analysis.

Standardized Testing

If you have previously graduated from a master’s program in nursing, you are not required to submit GRE scores.


Tuition for post-master’s programs is based on graduate tuition rates

Streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care Post-Master’s Applicants

Our Streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care Post-Master’s is offered online, but may not be able to serve students in every state. To avoid incurring unnecessary costs, please do not submit an application to the Streamlined Program until you contact either Director Debbie Becker or Program Coordinator Carrie Doherty. GREs, proof of a statistics course, TOEFLs, and WES analysis are not required for Streamlined applicants. We only require official transcripts for all courses taken to be eligible for NP certification.

Application Requirements for Streamlined 

A complete application includes the following:

  • $80 non-refundable application fee
  • Completed online application
  • Official transcripts: Applicants are only required to submit the transcripts for the courses taken to be eligible for NP certification. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded for review purposes.
    *Please note: official transcripts can take up to six weeks to arrive at the School of Nursing after the initial request
  • Three letters of recommendation: from the following sources: academic, employer, and professional; all letters of recommendation must be submitted online, without exception, through the online application
  • Responses to essay questions
  • Copy of your active NP license(s): all master’s students are required to have an active Nurse Practitioner License
  • Interview: we will contact you if you qualify for this step in the application process