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Deadlines

The application window could close early, if program capacity is reached.

Part 1 deadlines reflect the date when all NursingCAS application materials, except transcripts and references, must be submitted. Transcripts and references are due a month after the posted part 1 deadline. 

Post-Master of Science in Nursing Certificate Deadlines by Semester Start
  Spring Summer Fall
On-Campus Programs Sept. 1 (Priority)
Oct. 15 (Final for Part 1)
N/A

April 1 (Priority)
June 1 (Final)
Online Programs
Sept. 1 (Priority)
Oct. 15 (Final for Part 1)
Feb. 1 (Priority)
March 1 (Final for Part 1)
April 1 (Priority)*
June 1 (Final for part 1)
*Applications have closed for co-enrollment in the Post-Master's DNP and Psych-Mental Health Post-MSN Certificate.

Online Programs: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care*, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psych-Mental Health

On-Campus/Hybrid Programs: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care*, Neonatal*, Pediatric Acute Care*

*Due to state nursing board restrictions, these programs are limited to residents of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and include on-campus requirements. See program pages for details and frequency.

Online Restrictions

State Restrictions

Our post-master's certificate online programs are approved to admit students from all states, except:

  • 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 the following Post-MSN Certificate programs:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health

For more information, visit the state's Department of Health site.

The program meets requirements for licensure in all other states. We highly recommend applicants who reside outside of Ohio contact the appropriate state licensing agency for information and guidance before beginning the program. State licensing board contact information is available on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing site.

Cincinnati Metro-Area Residents

Individuals who reside in the following counties seeking admission to the Family Nurse Practitioner program must apply using the Cincinnati Metro application in NursingCAS. Students in these onsite programs can complete 100% of their coursework online.

Ohio

  • Butler
  • Hamilton
  • Clermont
  • Warren

Kentucky

  • Boone
  • Campbell
  • Kenton

Application Requirements

All application materials, including transcripts, must be submitted to NursingCAS, not the University of Cincinnati. The NursingCAS application includes instructions for ordering electronic transcripts for submission, which most institutions allow. If your institution does not allow this, request the issuing institution mail your transcripts 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.)
  • A current, active, unrestricted Registered Nurse (RN) licensure with no disciplinary action, downloaded from your state's RN verification website (Ohio residents, visit elicense.ohio.gov/oh_verifylicense.)
  • Transcripts from every higher education institution attended (including College Credit Plus and Dual Enrollment) are to be sent directly to NursingCAS, not the University of Cincinnati. Detailed instructions on how to send your transcripts to NursingCAS are available at the NursingCAS Help with Transcripts website.

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 $20 domestic or $25 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 Master 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.
  • 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. Do not send scores to the University of Cincinnati. (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
    • Duolingo - 120 or higher

International applicants are responsible for ensuring that their visa status meets program requirements and that online course requirements adhere to sponsored funding requirements. For additional information, visit the UC Graduate School International Student Admissions website.

Post-Acceptance Requirements

  • $200 non-refundable matriculation fee submitted within 15 business days of the release of the applicant's acceptance letter
  • Current immunizations (required for all students the semester before clinical experiences begin)
  • Computer with Internet access
  • Admitted students are expected to network within their community to secure acceptable preceptors and clinical sites. Considering clinical activity in additional states where the University of Cincinnati is authorized offers more opportunities to secure acceptable preceptors and clinical sites. 
  • Admitted students must hold a current, active, unrestricted Registered Nurse (RN) licensure with no disciplinary action. If admitting program requires clinical experiences (practica and internships), RN licensure must be in the state where clinical experiences are completed.
  • Admitted students who plan on changing their state of residency must notify their faculty advisors immediately via email, to ensure that the University of Cincinnati holds state authorization in the destination state and clinical experiences are not affected by the move. Students agree to make appropriate and timely updates to their address information in Catalyst (University of Cincinnati’s student information system), as soon as a decision to relocate is made.