Application Instructions

The Accelerated Pathway Program admits students into Phase I every semester.

  • The deadline for spring 2018 is Aug. 1, 2017.

All materials, except official transcripts, must be submitted electronically via NursingCAS, the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs http://nursingcas.org

Please submit official transcript(s) from every post-secondary institution attended to the following address:

NursingCAS
P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471

All documents (transcripts, letters of reference) should be sent directly to NursingCAS, not UC College of Nursing. Each of these items must be received by NursingCAS on the posted deadline.


Submit These Materials

NursingCAS online application:

The application must be submitted electronically at http://nursingcas.org, including a non-refundable $65 application fee paid to NursingCAS. You need to fill out each section in NursingCAS in order for your application to be considered complete.

Once your application has been completed and transcripts verified, you will be notified via email to create an account and submit a separate non-refundable $65 application fee (with an additional $5 fee for international applicants) to the University of Cincinnati. When creating an account, please add NursingCAS email addresses to your safe sender list.

References (submitted via NursingCAS online application):

A minimum of three references are required. References should come from individuals who can attest to your academic and professional skills. Be certain to inform persons who provide recommendations of the deadline for receipt of credentials. You will enter contact information for identified recommenders during the NursingCAS online application.

Official transcripts (sent directly to NursingCAS, NOT to the College of Nursing):

  • Transcripts should verify previous Bachelor’s degree (in a field other than nursing) conferred from regionally accredited institutions and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the Bachelor’s degree earned. (A comparable level of achievement is expected for other grading systems.)
  • To submit transcripts, applicants must use the NursingCAS Transcript Matching Form. The Colleges Attended section of the NursingCAS application allows you to print Transcript Request Forms. NursingCAS strongly recommends that you print and advise your registrar's office to attach a Transcript Request Form to your official transcript. This form helps NursingCAS properly match your official transcripts to your NursingCAS application.  If you have any previous names, please make sure to list this information within the Biographic information section and this information will be included in your transcript matching form. Please note if the registrar does not accept this form, it is only recommended, not required. 
  • All college transcripts, from each institution that you have attended, must be submitted to Nursing CAS; you do not need to submit your high school transcript. It is highly recommended that all applicants submit the application and request transcripts at least one month prior to the posted deadline in order to have time to follow up on any problems that might arise. Transcripts do not need to be received by Nursing CAS before you submit your application but must be received by the posted deadline. When entering coursework in NursingCAS, you must also enter courses that are in progress or planned for future terms (if registered). Once you receive grades for these courses, you must log back into NursingCAS, add the course as a new course, and note the grade earned.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).

Resume (submitted via NursingCAS online application) for security purposes, please do not include your DOB or SSN

Goal Statement (submitted via NursingCAS online application)

Graduate Record Exam Score (GRE) - This examination provides important information concerning aptitude for graduate study. Substantial review is recommended for proper preparation. Please note that GRE scores must be less than (5) years old at the time of application. For more information, please visit www.gre.org. For information about the test prep class, call (513) 556-4194 or email GREhelp@uc.edu. Additional questions can be directed to Testing Services at (513) 556-7173. Test prep books for the GRE can be purchased at most bookstores The GRE is waived for those who already hold an advance degree (i.e. masters or doctoral).
The following score are preferred:

  • 153 or higher Verbal
  • 144 or higher Quantitative
  • 4.0 or higher Analytical Writing

Interview

Applicants who are deemed acceptable potential students may be invited for an interview following review of their applications. Interviews are conducted in the department in which the major is located. If distance makes an on-site interview impractical, a telephone interview can be arranged.

The Student Affairs Council takes into consideration all of the requirements related to rendering an admission decision. Applicants who do not meet all of the requirements but whose credentials reveal potential ability for BSN/MSN study are reviewed on an individual basis. Applicants may be required to fulfill specific prerequisites or other conditions of admission prior to an admission decision or admitted on a provisional basis. Provisional admission status requires the student to meet specific requirements before full admission status is granted.


International Students

The International Student Services Office provides assistance to international graduate students and supplies additional information upon receipt of the University application. This information addresses how to obtain a visa, anticipated expenses, health and accident insurance (required), housing and general information concerning the University, as well as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 

TOEFL and IELTS Requirement (copy of scores submitted via NursingCAS online application):

Internet based TOEFL: 100 or higher
Computer based TOEFL: 250 or higher
Paper based TOEFL: 600-603
IELTS Overall: 7.0 or higher

For more information, please visit the TOEFL site, www.toefl.org.


Review Process/Admission Decision

The Student Affairs Council, a committee that meets monthly to consider applicants, determines the final admission decision. Decisions are based on the applicants' experience, references, test scores, GPA and the recommendation of the interviewer. Successful applicants will be e-mailed an acceptance packet, which must be completed and returned by the date indicated in the packet.


Questions

If you have questions during the application process, please contact our graduate advisor at (513) 558-3600 or nursing1@uc.edu.