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For questions regarding admissions requirements for the online programs at The Catholic University of America, please call 855-295-5711 to speak with an admissions adviser today.
To apply for the online Master of Science in Nursing, you will need to meet the following requirements and submit the following items using The Catholic University of America’s online Graduate Application:
- You must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university offering a program in nursing accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for international students or those educated in other countries with the recognition that this may limit eligibility for specialty certification. Graduates of programs not accredited by the ACEN or CCNE must have transcripts evaluated and comparability to an American BSN established. Evaluation may be conducted by either the World Education Services (www.wes.org) or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org).
- A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred, as well as an average GPA of 3.0 in the nursing major.
- You must be a currently licensed registered nurse in a state or jurisdiction of the United States, without restrictions.
- You should have some nursing experience relevant to the degree or certification you are seeking.
- You must also complete the graduate nursing application for admission, submit a statement of purpose and submit three letters of recommendation, which should include letters from a former dean, faculty member or academic advisor familiar with your academic performance as well as one from a current or former supervisor in a clinical practice setting.
- $60 non-refundable application fee
- The Catholic University of America is currently not accepting applications for the Online MSN FNP program from people residing in Washington DC, Maryland, and some counties in Northern Virginia including Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudon. CUA’s School of Nursing serves those residing in these locations with our campus-based MSN FNP program. This on-site program is tailored to the needs of working nurses, with classes generally scheduled one day/week.
To apply to the online Doctor of Nursing Practice program, you must meet the following requirements and submit the following items using The Catholic University of America’s online Graduate Application.
For admissions requirements to the BSN to DNP option, please call us at 855-295-5711 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information. To be considered for admission to the post-master’s DNP program, you must hold baccalaureate and master's degrees in nursing from an accredited program or school, with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher. You must currently be a licensed registered nurse in a state or jurisdiction of the United States, without restrictions. You must also submit the following:
- A completed graduate nursing application.
- A professional portfolio that includes:
- Statement of reason(s) for seeking the DNP degree
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- Copy of license (as an RN and advanced practice license, if applicable) from at least one state
- Certification in an advanced practice specialty (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for applicants whos proposed plan of study incorporates completion of an advanced practice post-master's certificate)
- Narrative description of current and past clinical practice
- Three letters of reference (at least one from a former dean or academic adviser and at least one from a former employer)
- Publications (if applicable)
To be considered for admission to the PhD in Nursing program, you must hold baccalaureate and master's degrees in nursing from an accredited institution with a nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Graduates of international programs not accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE must have transcripts evaluated and comparability to an American degrees established.
To apply, submit:
- A completed graduate nursing application.
- Curriculum vitae or resume.
- Transcripts of undergraduate and graduate study that provide evidence of academic ability to complete the program and do original research. A GPA of 3.2 or higher is desired.
- Three letters of reference (at least one from a former dean, former faculty member or academic adviser and at least one from a current or former supervisor preferably in a clinical practice/research/academic setting).
- A written statement of career goals and proposed area of research.
- A copy of a recent scholarly paper, research report or publication related to clinical nursing
- International applicants should attach copies of all grade reports, certificates, and transcripts at the time of application in both the original language and in English translation. English proficiency and proof of funding documents must be presented to the Office of Graduate Admissions either by postal mail or in person. These documents will not be accepted through the online application.
- $60 non-refundable application fee
- International students must meet all University requirements, including TOEFL scores to be considered.
To apply to the online Master of Social Work program, please submit the following items using The Catholic University of America’s online Graduate Application.
To apply, submit:
- A completed Catholic University Graduate Application for Admission
- A statement of purpose is required and should be developed according to the guidelines below (four to six typewritten, double-spaced pages):
- Profession of social work as a career goal. Why does the profession of social work appeal to you? What aspects of social work are of greatest interest to you? Discuss proposed career goals. Why did you choose to apply to NCSSS?
- Life and relationships. Discuss how your background (e.g., family, cultural, religious, economic, ethnic, racial) has affected your desire and ability to work in social work.
- Work experience. Describe current and/or past work experience, including volunteer work, as it relates to the profession of social work. How have these experiences helped prepare you for social work practice?
- Experience in the helping role. Social work is concerned with helping individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Using an example from your professional, volunteer or personal life, discuss and analyze a situation in which you have observed the helping role, including how it changed a problem situation.
- Experience as a student. Evaluate yourself as a student. What differences in performance between your previous educational experiences and your forthcoming graduate experience might you anticipate? Discuss any special circumstances affecting your undergraduate performance.
- Planning. Describe your ability and commitment to undertake graduate education at this time. What family, work or other responsibilities do you anticipate during the course of your studies at NCSSS? Evaluate your ability to fulfill these obligations, including the ability to spend 16 hours per week in the foundation year and 20 to 24 per week in the advanced year in field placements.
- A resume that includes educational history, and work and volunteer experience.
- Three current letters of reference from persons, other than family or friends, who are able to address personal, professional and academic capabilities. If possible, the three references should not come from a single source.
- Transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate college attended. Offers of provisional admission are made to those enrolled in undergraduate degree programs pending receipt of the final transcript showing conferral of a bachelor’s degree.
- A $60 non-refundable application fee
Advanced Standing Students
Graduates of social work baccalaureate programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may apply for consideration for "advanced standing" status. Individualized education contracts are developed between the applicant and the director of admissions, indicating the number of semester hours to be waived (not to exceed 30 semester hours). Additional courses beyond 30 semester hours may be required. The criteria for advanced standing eligibility include:
- A bachelor's degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program (received within five years of enrollment in the M.S.W. Program);
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 in all the social work courses in the undergraduate program;
- A cumulative average of at least 3.2 in all courses applied toward the bachelor's degree;
- A minimum of B in each social work course;
- A recommendation from the chair of the undergraduate program explicitly supporting admission directly to the advanced year of the M.S.W. program, as one of the three reference letters; and
- Satisfactory completion of an undergraduate generalist practicum that is comparable to that expected in the NCSSS foundation practicum, including 480 hours of field education, as evidenced in the final field evaluation submitted as part of the admissions packet.
Applicants must include with their application a copy of their senior field evaluation for both first and second semesters. Provisional offers of admission are made pending receipt of the final evaluation showing successful completion of the second semester field placement.
NCSSS Transition Course for Advanced Standing Students All students accepted with advanced standing status will be required to take an online transition course during their first semester.