Accelerated MSN Frequently Asked Questions

Without prerequisites, the program is five consecutive semesters, and courses are offered in a sequence.

No, you can complete prerequisites at another institution or transfer college credit from an accredited school, if you attended in the past 10 years (within 1 year for the pharmacology prerequisite). Check with our advisor prior to registering for a course at another institution to ensure it is equivalent to the UC-offered course. You must earn a minimum B-minus grade for all prerequisite courses.

If you must work for financial reasons, we recommend you work no more than 20 hours per week during the program.

On-campus MSN students compete with other graduate students for University Graduate Scholarships (UGS) and graduate assistantships. Applicants for scholarships offered by the college can be submitted each spring semester upon admittance to the Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN program.

Yes, you can apply for the Pre-Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN program to complete the prerequisite courses you still need to take. If you are admitted to the pre-accelerated program, you are guaranteed admission to the Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN program and will not need to re-apply.

Note: The pre-accelerated program does not offer enough credit hours for international applicants to qualify for a Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status. International applicants can take prerequisite courses at another institution or complete UC's Interdisciplinary Studies bachelor's degree program before applying to the Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN program.

No, the GRE is not required.

No, you must complete a Post-Master's Certificate or a Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in a particular specialty to be eligible to sit for a certification exam to become a licensed nurse practitioner. After one year of RN experience, you can apply to either of these programs at UC. In the accelerated MSN program, you will complete four core courses that will count as credit in any Post-MSN Certificate or Post-MSN DNP program.

All application materials are submitted through Visit the admissions page for the accelerated MSN for more details.