MSN Admissions Criteria

Students entering the MSN program must:

1. Completed graduate application ($35 fee).

2. Have a confirmed baccalaureate degree from an accredited nursing school;

3. Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended;

4. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) from their BSN program;

Applicants not meeting this criteria may be considered for acceptance to a graduate program if the following standards are met:

  • Students who apply to graduate program who graduated from an undergraduate program with a minimum 2.75 GPA or higher; and
  • Their most recent two semesters (or three quarters) of undergraduate coursework earned a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • These students are highly encouraged to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to show the admissions committee their readiness for graduate work.

5. Hold an unencumbered RN license (South Dakota RN license may be required for FNP students depending on clinical placement);

6. Two professional letters of reference (one from a supervisor/manager, one from a professional such as nursing educator, physician/nurse practitioner);

7. Statement of purpose (discuss intellectual interests, relevant clinical experience, and reasons for pursuing the MSN degree at Presentation College);

8. Current certification in CPR for the Healthcare Provider (certification is valid for 24 months but must be valid concurrently with the entire academic semester, from the first to last day of class, and mid-semester renewal is not permitted);

9. Current immunizations (see Health, Background Screening(s), Certification, and Documentation Requirements in the current Nursing Student Handbook for immunization policy);

10. Current national criminal background screening—students living or performing clinical practicum in the state of Minnesota are also required to complete, by state law, a state criminal background screening—( see Criminal Background Screenings(s) in the current Nursing Student Handbook for policy); and

11. Initial interview.

12. Non-resident alien and English as a Second Language (ESL) students – see Admission>>Acceptance Policies>>Non-Resident Alien and ESL Students in the 2018-2019 college catalog.

*The master’s degree program in nursing at Presentation College is pursuing initial accreditation by the  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.