Admission to the graduate programs is based on the applicant's academic record, evidence of scholastic ability, and interest in the goals of the College. Admission will be offered to applicants who are, in the view of the College, best qualified.
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program offers the following tracks: Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (AGNP), Executive Practice & Healthcare Leadership (EPHL), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Nurse Educator (NE). An entry point option, RN-MSN, is available for students who possess a diploma or ADN who want to pursue a MSN
The Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner track* prepares nurses to provide primary care to individuals, starting at age 13, and older adults. The AGNP role includes preventative healthcare, as well as assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic conditions. The program of study requires each student to complete 46 credit hours. Graduates of the AGNP track are qualified to sit for the Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner certification examination. The curriculum for this track builds upon the MSN core courses.
The Executive Practice & Healthcare Leadership (EPHL) track prepares nurses for leadership and management roles in diverse healthcare delivery systems. The program of study requires each student to complete 36 credit hours.
The Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares nurses to care for individuals and families across the lifespan. The FNP role includes preventative healthcare, as well as the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness and preventative health care for individuals and families. Family nurse practitioners demonstrate a commitment to family-centered care and understand the relevance of the family’s identified community in the delivery of family-centered care. The program of study requires each student to complete 46 credit hours. Students are then eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam.
The Nurse Educator track prepares nurse educators with knowledge and strategies for teaching in both clinical and academic settings. The program of study requires each student to complete 36 credit hours. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the NLN certification examination for Nurse Educators.
The RN-MSN entry point option** is for students who possess an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or diploma in nursing who want to pursue a MSN; students in this track do not earn a bachelor’s degree. The pre-MSN specialty courses total 14 credit hours. Students are admitted as graduate students and focus on one of the specialty tracks: AGNP, EPHL, FNP, or NE, depending on their interest.
Four Post Graduate Certificate Programs are offered for individuals who are prepared with a minimum of a Master’s degree in nursing or a health related field. The post graduate certificates provide academic credit focusing on particular content and skills. The Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner certificate program totals 22 credit hours of Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner specialty courses. The Executive Practice and Healthcare Leadership certificate program consists of 15 credit hours. The Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program totals 22 credit hours of Family Nurse Practitioner specialty courses. The Nurse Educator certificate program consists of 11 credit hours.
* As of December 12, 2019, applications will no longer be accepted to the AGNP track with closure planned for December 2022.
**As of December 11, 2020, applications will no longer be accepted to the RN-MSN entry option with closure planned for June 2021.
Applications for the FNP track are reviewed annually on February 1st with interviews to follow. The deadlines to apply are August 15th and January 15th for the subsequent term. Executive Practice & Healthcare Leadership and Nurse Educator applications are reviewed as they are completed. However, deadlines for each term are December 1 , April 1 and July 1. Students applying after the deadline MAY take a course that next term as an unclassified student.
Application is made through submission of a completed application packet through NursingCAS, http://nursingcas.liaisoncas.com. A completed application packet includes all official transcripts and references as well as a résumé and personal essay. For questions related to the NursingCAS application, please contact NursingCAS support directly by phone at (617) 612-2880 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Eastern or by email.
Three (3) references are required. Two references should be from the employer and the third from either the employer or from the associate or baccalaureate program. New graduates can use two from the associate or baccalaureate program.
Note: Residents of the State of California must complete an Enrollment Agreement available through the Admissions Office. Additional information regarding the Student Tuition Recovery Fund is available in Appendix A.
- Possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited nursing program with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale, or
- Possess an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from a regionally accredited college or university or a diploma in nursing with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale and have no more than 9 credit hours of Program Pre-Requisites (Theology, Philosophy or Humanities electives or general electives) left to complete, and
- Possess current licensure as a registered nurse (RN).
After the application packet is completed through NursingCAS the admission committee will review each file and notify the applicant of the next step.
Admissions decisions are made on a competitive basis and the applicant’s complete profile will be considered. The profile includes previous academic work, nursing experience, and professional references. Admission to the Family Nurse Practitioner track requires an interview with Nurse Practitioner faculty. Faculty in other tracks may request an interview for admission; students should expect a phone consultation with the track coordinator as a part of the admission process.
Each applicant will be notified in writing regarding the admission decision. Graduate student applicants will be accepted in one of the following admission categories: full admission, probationary admission, provisional admission, conditional admission, or denied.
Applicants meeting all of the eligibility requirements are eligible for Full Admission.
Applicants meeting all of the eligibility requirements except a 3.0 cumulative grade point average may be granted Probationary Admission. The student will be fully admitted to the graduate program when they achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or better in two courses (NU 6000 level or above courses for post-BSN students and NU 4000 or 5000 level courses for RN-MSN students).
Applicants meeting all of the eligibility requirements except current licensure as a RN may be granted Provisional Admission to the graduate program for one semester provided that they successfully complete the NCLEX-RN examination during the semester immediately following graduation. The student will be fully admitted to the graduate program upon verification of RN licensure.
Conditional admission (within 6 months of graduation with ADN or BSN)
Applicants who are within 6 months of completing an ADN or BSN degree may be granted Conditional Admission to the graduate program. The student will be fully admitted to the graduate program upon graduation with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and verification of successful completion of the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.
Conditional admission (program pre-requisites)
Applicants for the RN-MSN option who are licensed, but have not completed Program Pre-Requisites (see catalog) may be granted Conditional Admission to the graduate program. The student will be fully admitted to the graduate program once Program Pre-Requisites (no more than 9 credit hours of Theology, Philosophy or Humanities electives or general electives remaining) have been completed.
NOTE: Only students with Full Admission are eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid.
A student may complete an application to enroll in a course in an unclassified status. This status is intended for students who are non-degree seeking or enrolling for a limited period until the admission process can be completed. Unclassified students are expected to meet all course prerequisites and will be enrolled on a space available basis as determined by the Dean of Nursing.
Unclassified students are not guaranteed admission to the graduate program and credit earned as an unclassified student is not guaranteed to meet degree requirements.
- Current RCN students taking graduate courses while in a RCN undergraduate program may complete a maximum of nine (9) credit hours as an unclassified student.
- Students not currently enrolled in a RCN undergraduate program may take a maximum of three (3) credit hours as an unclassified student.
Unclassified students must be fully admitted into the graduate program before requesting that any transfer courses be accepted for degree credit.
A maximum of nine (9) hours of graduate credit completed at another institution within the last five (5) years may be accepted as fulfilling the requirements of the tracks. Only courses in which a grade of B or better was earned may be accepted for graduate credit. Colleges and universities awarding only pass/fail credit will be accepted based on the individual schools grade assignment if defined as a B or better for graduate courses.