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Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's requirements for admission (application, application fee, and official academic transcripts which meet the University's minimum requirements), the School of Nursing admission decisions are based upon the following:

  • The completed School of Nursing application (attached to email from Graduate Admissions)
  • Three positive references and reference forms (one reference should be from your current manager, and two others preferably from nurses holding graduate degrees)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Master of Science in Nursing for Post-Master's applicants) from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program. (Graduates from non-NLNAC or CCNE accredited programs and from other countries will be considered under certain circumstances. Please contact the School of Nursing for more information.)
  • Unencumbered RN licensure
  • Minimum Undergraduate (Graduate for Post-Master's applicants) Nursing GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  • Preferred minimum Undergraduate (Graduate for Post-Master's applicants) Science GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  • Preferred minimum overall Undergraduate (Graduate for Post-Master's applicants) GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  • Evidence of completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better.
  • A written statement of "Goals and Objectives" related to the reasons for pursuing a graduate degree.
  • Completion of a minimum of 1 year of professional nursing practice experience prior to enrollment in the first specialization clinical course.
  • Successful completion of an application interview, if invited.
  • Successful completion of a drug screen and a criminal background check, as specified by the School of Nursing, to be performed after initial acceptance to the program.

Exit Requirements

Master's students must successfully complete all course work, a terminal project, and participate in an exit interview conducted by faculty. Post-master's students do not have to complete a terminal project but must complete all course work and participate in an exit interview.

Application Deadline

Students are admitted into the HCNA specialization in fall semesters only. The application deadline is March 1 for the class entering the following fall.

Academic Advising Information
Ali Willoughby
Graduate Academic Advisor
Campus Box 1066, Alumni Hall, Room 2117
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1066
618.650.3854 (fax)

Contact and Advising Information

Dr. Kathy Ketchum
Assistant Dean for the Graduate Program
Campus Box 1066, Alumni Hall, Room 2117
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1066

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