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Post-Master’s Admissions

Streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care Post-Master’s Applicants see below.

All other post-master’s programs:
To apply for a post-master’s program, you must first meet all MSN application requirements. 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.

New York applicants, please note:  The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is an out-of-state nursing program and we are granted authorization by the New York State Board of Regents on the number of clinical placements we are permitted in the state.  Due to the high demand of interest in this program from applicants who are licensed in New York, we have reached the allowable capacity of enrollments for this program for 2019. As a result we are currently not accepting applications to our Streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care Program from applicants who are practicing in New York.  Please check our website periodically for any updates.

Application Requirements for Streamlined 

A complete application includes the following:

  • $80 non-refundable application fee
  • Completed online application
  • Official transcripts: Applicants must submit all transcripts that include courses taken in Anatomy & Physiology, Pharmacology, and Physical Assessment, for the purpose of verifying the requirements for NP certification. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded for review purposes and to expedite review process.  An official transcript will be required for admission. 
    *Please note: official transcripts can take up to six weeks to arrive at the School of Nursing after the initial request.
  • One letter of recommendation: from a direct supervisor; all letters of recommendation must be submitted online, without exception, through the online application portal. 
  • Responses to essay questions
  • Copy of your active RN License: uploaded into your application.
  • Copy of your NP Certification: uploaded into your application.
  • Interview: we will contact you if you qualify for this step in the application process.

*Please Note: All application requirements must be uploaded or completed before the application is submitted (with exception of received letter of recommendation, which can be received after the application is submitted).  Edits or additional materials will not be allowed after the application is submitted.