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Graduate Nursing Admission Requirements

For All Masters Students

  • RN licensure
  • BSN, MSN or Nurse Doctorate (ND) from an accredited school
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
  • Résumé
  • Introductory bachelor's level course in elementary statistics
  • Introductory BSN-level course in nursing research
  • Introductory BSN-level course in physical assessment (if integrated in the undergraduate course of study, evidence must be submitted for evaluation)
  • Computer literacy, Microsoft Office skills
  • An essay addressing professional goals (not more than 1,000 words)
  • Current CPR certification(American Heart Association or American Red Cross)
  • Applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.2 must present evidence of one of the following:
    • competitive scores on the GRE or MAT (test scores are valid two years from the date taken) or
    • a grade of B or better in two core graduate nursing courses taken at Jefferson as a non-degree student
  • Official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended. Transcripts originating from academic institutions outside of the U.S. must be translated and a course-by-course evaluation performed by World Education Service or a comparable credential evaluation service.
  • Demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Criminal Background Check/Child Abuse Clearance
  • Fingerprinting and Drug Testing
  • Submit two current recommendations meeting the following criteria:
    • Professional (one must be current nurse manager or supervisor).
    • Academic (one must be professor or clinical instructor).

Additional Requirements for Select Programs:


  • Current ACLS, PALS certification
  • A résumé that demonstrates a minimum of one year experience in a critical care nursing setting (ICU/MICU/Level I ED/NICU, PICU, CCU/CTICU/SICU, Flight Nursing)
  • An interview with the CRNA Admissions Committee


  • Click here to view admissions requirements for Jefferson's DNP program

International students, please note:

  • International students who are in the U.S. in F or J status are restricted to taking one online course per term per federal regulations.
  • International students in F or J status may not enroll as part-time students.

The MSN and DNP are online programs. As such, they are not available to international students due to federal regulations.

For more information and resources for international students, please go to the Office of International Affairs website.

Contact an Admissions Counselor

For more information contact

MSN, CRNA, and DNP programs

Niki Kelley,
Admissions Counselor

Or call our office, 1-877-JEFF-247 (877-533-3247)

or e-mail JSNAdmissions
for more general help

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