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Online Master of Science in Nursing FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about the Online Master of Science in Nursing

Are there any residency or clinical requirements with this degree?
Yes. The online MSN requires 700 hours in supervised clinical practicum. The residency is done locally to you. You may create a plan designed to help allow flexibility around your work and family schedules over multiple semesters.

In addition, you will have two opportunities to travel to the Catholic University campus in Washington, D.C. to demonstrate and practice abilities you have gained throughout the program, as well as to meet your classmates, faculty and the staff. The residencies will generally take place in semesters 5 and 8.

Do I have to take the Family Nurse Practitioner track or get certified as FNP?
As a graduate of this program, you will be eligible to sit for a national certification exam which is a requirement for licensure as an FNP in most states and offers many career opportunities. Check out the Career Outlook page for more information.

Is this program accredited?
Yes. The Online Master of Science in Nursing program at The Catholic University of America is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. In addition, it meets the nurse practitioner curriculum guidelines and requirements of the: American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners’ Certification Program (AANPCP). Graduates are eligible for national certification through the ANCC and the AANPCP.

What are the admissions requirements?
Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • 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 or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 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 have completed a graduate-level statistics course within the past five years with a grade of 3.0 on a 4 point scale or better. The requirement must be met prior to enrolling in Research, N708.
  • You must be a currently licensed registered nurse in a state or jurisdiction of the United States, without restrictions.
  • You should have nursing experience relevant to the certification you are seeking.

You must also complete an application for admission, submit a statement of purpose and submit three letters of recommendation, which should include at least one letter from a former Dean, faculty member or academic advisor and one letter from a current or former supervisor in a clinical practice setting.

How do I get started?
If you’re ready to begin, go to the Apply Now page. For answers to more questions or to learn more about the online M.S.N., call us at 855-295-5711 to speak with an admissions adviser or request more information.