Nursing

Admissions

Application Deadlines

The application window for programs could close early, if maximum capacity is reached.

Master of Science in Nursing Deadlines by Semester Start
  Spring Summer Fall
On Campus Programs
Oct. 4 N/A March 2 (Priority)
April 1 (Final)
Online Programs Oct. 25* Jan. 10 (Priority)*
Feb. 3 (Final)*
March 2 (Priority)
April 1 (Final)

*Excludes Pediatric Primary Care, which is not accepting applications at this time.

Online Applicant Notice

State Restrictions

As a result of state boards of nursing and the U.S. Department of Education's higher education regulation changes, UC College of Nursing cannot accept applications for our online programs from students who live in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee

Washington: The University of Cincinnati is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in the state of Washington for Adult- Gerontology Primary Care, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate, Nursing Administration, Nurse Midwifery, Psychiatric-Mental Health and Women's Health programs.

County Criteria

Applicants for the Family Nurse Practitioner or Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner MSN
who reside in one of the counties listed below can take up to 100% of their courses online, but must complete the onsite application. Applicants who live outside these counties should complete the online application.

  • Ohio - Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties
  • Kentucky - Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties

Work Experience Requirements

Experience requirements vary by specialty program. For details, view respective program pages.

Admission Requirements

  • Current, active, unrestricted RN license
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an ACEN- (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE-accredited nursing school.
  • For most programs, at least 1 year of RN experience at the time of application
  • Overall BSN GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale (recommended)
  • Science GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (not required for Nursing Administration program applicants)
  • Statistics course with a 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Application Requirements

All materials except official transcripts can be submitted electronically via NursingCAS, the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs. Submit official transcripts and all documents directly to NursingCAS, P.O. Box 9201, Watertown, MA 02471. Materials must be received by the posted deadline. If you have questions, contact our Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or nursingbearcats@uc.edu.

Applicants must submit the following in NursingCAS:

  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement
  • Three or more letters of recommendation (You will enter names and contact information in NursingCAS. Individuals will receive a notification inviting them to complete a recommendation for you.)
  • RN license verification, downloaded from your state's RN verification website (Ohio residents, visit elicense.ohio.gov/oh_verifylicense.)
  • Transcripts (submitted directly to NursingCAS) from every higher education institution attended

Following your NursingCAS application submission:

Twenty-four to 48 hours after your NursingCAS application reaches "verified" status, you will receive an email from the UC Graduate School to fill out and submit a separate application. This simple step pulls in most of your NursingCAS information. (Do not send materials already included in your NursingCAS application.) Submit this separate application, along with a $65 domestic or $70 international application fee. Once submitted, your application will move forward for review.

Additional Information for NursingCAS

  • We strongly recommended you order transcripts at least one month prior to the application deadline.
  • Transcripts must verify a Bachelor of Science in Nursing conferred from a regionally and ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited institution.
  • The Transcript Matching Form in the NursingCAS application is not required. This form helps ensure transcripts are matched to the correct application. If your previous institution allows you to use the form, we encourage you to do so.
  • List any former names in the "Biographic Information" portion of your NursingCAS application to ensure your transcript uploads properly.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) (preferred), or another NACES member.

Are You A Former UC Student?

Former UC students applying to a UC nursing program in NursingCAS can request their UC transcript be sent directly from the College of Nursing to NursingCAS. To use this optional service, email your admissions counselor directly, or email nursingbearcats@uc.edu for a UC Transcript Request Form. (This is not the same as the NursingCAS Transcript Matching Form.) You must submit a UC Transcript Request Form via email no later than three weeks before the program deadline to guarantee your request will be honored.

Please note:

  • This service is not available to former students applying to multiple institutions in NursingCAS or those not applying to UC in NursingCAS.
  • Applicants still must send official transcripts from institutions other than UC to NursingCAS.
  • This service is by request only, and applicants must submit a UC Transcript Request Form to initiate any action.
  • You may use an official or unofficial transcript to complete your coursework entry in the NursingCAS system. You must enter all courses from every higher education institution attended.
  • Professional Transcript Entry (PTE) is an optional, paid service whereby a NursingCAS specialist enters coursework on an applicant's behalf.
    • PTE will not begin until all transcripts are received.
    • After PTE is complete, applicants receive an email prompting them to log in and approve the entry. The application verification process will not begin without approval of transcript entry.
  • Upload English Proficiency Scores to your NursingCAS application. (This requirement is waived, if you have a U.S. higher education degree or were born in a country where English is the first language.)
    • TOEFL
      • Internet-based TOEFL – 100 or higher
      • Computer-based TOEFL – 250 or higher
      • Paper-based TOEFL – 600-603
    • IELTS – 7.0 overall minimum

Post-Acceptance Requirements

  • $300 non-refundable matriculation fee
  • Current immunizations (required for all students the semester before clinical experiences begin)
  • Computer with Internet access