Master’s Entry in Nursing Practice



Master’s Entry in Nursing Practice

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Admission Requirements

The master’s entry in nursing practice program at Elmhurst College is an entry option to the master of science in nursing with a clinical nurse leader concentration. Designed specifically for students with baccalaureate degrees outside of nursing from a regionally accredited university/college who want to transition into the field, the program prepares students to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam and the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification exam.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend a graduate information session. During a graduate information session you will have an opportunity to visit the College, meet faculty and to learn more about our master’s entry in nursing practice program.

Prospective applicants who are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing should review Elmhurst's master of science in nursing program. Applicants who are registered nurses with a bachelor's degree outside nursing should review Elmhurst's RN–MSN option.

How to Apply

The NursingCAS application for fall term 2018 will open on September 1, 2017 and will close on February 28, 2018, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.

To complete an application, please go to the NursingCAS website. (Nursing Centralized Application Service).

For assistance regarding the NursingCAS application, please refer to the NursingCAS frequently asked questions web page at NursingCAS FAQ.

Note: All applications will be processed through NursingCAS-there is no supplemental application required by Elmhurst College.

Applications must be verified by NursingCAS on or before March 15. Unverified applications will not be reviewed for consideration by the committee.

Admission decisions will be made by the end of April.

*Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant, without exception, to meet all application deadlines and maintain all updates to the applicant’s NursingCAS application.

In order to ensure proper delivery of emails to your inbox, it is recommended to add to your address book. It is also suggested to periodically check the “Messages” section of your application as any email that is sent from NursingCAS can also be found there.

Admission Criteria

Grade Point Average Requirement:
Baccalaureate degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 on a 4.00 scale.

Prerequisite Coursework:
Prerequisite coursework must be completed from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have satisfactory completion of all undergraduate or graduate level prerequisite coursework with grades of C or better.

All in progress and future prerequisite requirements must be documented in the NursingCAS application and/or included on an official transcript verifying the intent to complete the requirement.

  • Social Science
    • Example: Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology
  • College-level oral and written communication skills
  • Computer literacy
    • Example: Microsoft Word, email, Internet skills

The 3 prerequisite courses listed below must be completed within 5 years of the submission of the application for consideration, without exception.

  • General Chemistry with lab
  • Microbiology with lab
  • 2 semesters of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology with labs
    • Human Anatomy and Human Physiology may be taken as two separate courses or as a sequence of Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II.

*Note: All prerequisite science labs must be completed through on-campus instruction. Online lab credits will not be accepted, no exceptions.

The College offers all prerequisite courses. For details on non-degree seeking enrollment, please contact the Office of Registration and Records at (630) 617-3250 or

Official Transcripts:
Official transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate institutions attended must be submitted directly to NursingCAS, PO Box 9201, Watertown, MA 02471.

Official transcripts sent to the College will not be considered.

*Note: The master's entry in nursing practice program does not accept transfer credits toward the fulfillment of graduate level coursework required to complete the master's entry in nursing practice degree at Elmhurst College.

In Progress/Future Coursework:
All in progress and future coursework including outstanding prerequisite requirements must be documented in the NursingCAS application and/or included on an official transcript verifying the intent to complete the requirement.

International Applicants:
Transcripts for institutions outside the United States must be reviewed by a foreign credentials evaluation agency.

An official detailed course-by-course credential evaluation, in English, is required to be completed by a foreign credentials evaluation agency of all university transcripts as well as provide original copies of the transcripts/degrees.

A U.S. equivalent grade point average (GPA) must be included. For evaluation information, visit Educational Perspectives (, World Education Services (, or Educational Credentials Evaluators (

International applicants who are neither citizens of the United States nor permanent residents of the United States must submit proof of English proficiency as demonstrated by scoring a minimum of 79 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or 77 or better on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) in order to be considered for admission to the program.

Personal Statement:
The personal statement should be uploaded to the Personal Statement tab under program materials in the NursingCAS application. The 1,000-word personal statement should answer the following questions:

  • Why do you want to pursue a master’s degree in nursing at Elmhurst College?
  • How will this program further your academic and professional goals?

Professional Resume:
A current professional resume should be uploaded to the CV/Resume tab under program materials in the NursingCAS application. You may also include community service, educational, leadership and professional organization activities, scholarly activities including publications, presentations, research, honors and awards, work experience.

Letters of Recommendation:
Three letters of recommendation are required from:

  • A professor, teacher, or academic advisor
  • A person who supervised your employment, an observation or volunteer experience
  • A person of your choice, other than family or friend, who can speak to your potential for success in professional graduate education

Interview by Invitation:
Qualified candidates will be notified via email if they are selected for an interview with the nursing faculty admission committee. An interview with the nursing faculty admission committee does not guarantee admission to the program.

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