MSN Application Requirements
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university with a preferred GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Current unencumbered and unrestricted U.S Registered Nurse (RN) license
- Successfully completed (with a grade of 83 or better) a three-credit course in statistics and a three-credit course in health assessment. If you do not meet this requirement, please contact an Admission Counselor to discuss other options for fulfilling this requirement.
- Current résumé
- One- to two-page personal statement
- Transcript(s) of your academic record
- Three letters of recommendation
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if your native language is not English. The School of Nursing TOEFL code is 3761. The TOEFL is waived for applicants who have graduated at the bachelor’s or master’s level from a regionally accredited U.S. Institution or post secondary institution abroad that is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the host country in English-speaking countries only.
- Educational background including institutions, degree(s) awarded, degree(s) in progress, dates of degree(s) awarded, and/or anticipated date of receiving degree(s)
- Relevant employment history, including:
- Job title (including unit), job description, and relevant duties performed
- Employment dates of each position
- Community service or volunteer experience
- Any awards, publications, presentations, and memberships
- Evidence of leadership and career progression
- Your career goals
- How your specific clinical experiences have prepared you for the Family Nurse Practitioner role
- Why Nursing@Simmons is the best fit for you and how the program will assist you in reaching your professional and educational goals
Letters of Recommendation
- A current clinical supervisor or nurse manager who has direct knowledge of your skills in the clinical setting and how those skills will translate into the Family Nurse Practitioner role.
- A professor, faculty member, or academic advisor who can provide a meaningful assessment of your academic record. If you have been out of school for five years or more, a nurse educator or clinical instructor can provide the academic recommendation.
- A practicing clinical nursing professional, or APRN, who has served as a mentor and can address your abilities as a nurse and your potential to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.