Application Information

Submitting Your Materials

All materials, except official transcripts, are accepted electronically via NursingCAS, the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs:

Please submit official transcript(s) from every post-secondary institution attended to NursingCAS, P.O. Box 9201, Watertown, MA 02471.

Send all documents (e.g., transcripts, letters of reference, etc.) directly to NursingCAS, not the College of Nursing. Each required item must be received by NursingCAS on the posted deadline. A list of required documents is included on this page.

If you have questions about campus-based programs, contact 513-558-8400 or

If you have questions about online programs, contact 513-556-7400 or

Application Deadline

  • Application Closed for Spring 2019 admission for the following online programs: family nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery and women's health.
  • Apply by Oct. 1, 2018, for Spring 2019 admission for all on-campus programs, except adult-gerontology acute care and neonatal nurse practitioner.
  • Apply by Oct. 1, 2018, for Spring 2019 admission for the online adult-gerontology primary care program.
  • Apply by March 1, 2019, for Summer 2019 admission for the following online programs: adult-gerontology primary care*, family nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery and women's health.
*Our Summer 2019 adult-gerontology primary care application will open October 2, 2018

State and County Restrictions for Online Programs

State Regulations

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
  • Tennessee
Additionally, the college cannot accept applications for the Nursing Administration program from residents of Arizona.

For the state of 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, FNP, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate, Nurse Midwifery, Psychiatric NP, Psychiatric Mental Health NP post Masters certificate and Women's Health NP programs.

County Restrictions — Ohio & Kentucky

UC College of Nursing restricts applications for local students in two of our online master's specialty programs: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPC-DL) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-DL).

The college does not accept applications for these programs from the following counties:


  • Butler
  • Hamilton
  • Clermont
  • Warren


  • Boone
  • Campbell
  • Kenton

This restriction is a result of local competition for preceptors and viable regional clinical sites in primary care. Students who reside in the above counties are encouraged to apply to our onsite programs. Refer to our Academic Programs page for additional information related to residential program opportunities and respective application deadlines.

Required Work Experience

  • Nurse Midwifery: One year of experience in maternal/child nursing (preferably in labor and delivery), including gynecology, pediatrics, NICU, newborn nursery and postpartum.
  • Neonatal: A minimum of one year of acute-care nursing practice. Qualifying acute-care experiences include: Level II-III NICU, Pediatric ICU or Cardiac ICU.
  • Other MSN Programs: One year or more of RN work preferred.

Submit These Materials

NursingCAS online application  The application must be submitted electronically at, including a non-refundable $70 application fee paid to NursingCAS. 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 $70 application fee to the University of Cincinnati. When creating an account, please add NursingCAS email addresses to your safe sender list. You must fill out each section in NursingCAS in order to have a complete application.

Copy of RN License (submitted via NursingCAS online application) — Applicants must submit evidence of an active, unrestricted RN license for the state in which they are practicing nursing. Applicants whose RN license is restricted will be considered provided the individual shares the conditions of the restriction set by the board of nursing and the College determines that the academic program can accommodate those restrictions if the applicant is admitted. If admitted, it will be necessary to obtain an Ohio RN License (likewise, the distance learning programs will require an RN license from the state in which you currently live). For more information about obtaining an Ohio RN License, visit Accelerated students will be eligible to earn RN licensing after completing Phase II of their program.

References (submitted via NursingCAS online application) — A minimum of three references are required; we will accept up to six. 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)

  • Submission of official transcripts from every institution of higher education attended are required. All transcripts must be submitted to NursingCAS. (High school transcripts are not needed.) It is highly recommended that applicants submit the application and request transcripts at least one month prior to the posted deadline to allow time to follow up on any potential issues. Transcripts are not needed at the same time an application is submitted, but must be received by the posted deadline.

  • Transcripts must verify a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree conferred from regionally and ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited institutions and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last degree earned. (A comparable level of achievement is expected for other grading systems.) Those who have not earned a BSN by the application deadline are not eligible to apply.

  • To submit transcripts, applicants are strongly encouraged to 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.

    Please note: NursingCAS offers Professional Transcript Entry Service, by which applicants can have NursingCAS specialists enter their coursework entry on their behalf at a cost. Additional information regarding the Professional Transcript Entry Service is available in the NursingCAS Professional Transcript Entry Service section below. It is the responsibility of the applicant to order their official transcript(s) from every institution of higher education ever attended and have them sent directly to NursingCAS. The Professional Transcript Entry Service does not include ordering official transcripts on behalf of the applicant. Only the applicant can order his or her transcripts.

  • Successful completion (C or higher) of an undergraduate statistics course.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).

Resume (submitted via NursingCAS online application) — For security purposes, please do not include your date of birth or Social Security number.

Goal Statement (submitted via NursingCAS online application)

NursingCAS Professional Transcript Entry Service

If you do not wish to enter all of your coursework yourself, NursingCAS offers applicants applying to a program that requires FULL TRANCRIPT ENTRY the option to have coursework professionally entered on their behalf by their specialists for an additional fee. NursingCAS coursework entry staff is available to enter all COMPLETED coursework taken at an accredited school on its school list. Given the nature of Not-Listed Schools, foreign coursework and planned/in-progress courses, this work is not eligible for professional transcript entry and must be entered by the applicant. If you would like to take advantage of NursingCAS’ Professional Transcript Entry service, visit:

Please note: NursingCAS offers Professional Transcript Entry only to applicants who apply to programs that require FULL TRANSCRIPT ENTRY. If you are applying to a program that requires “No Coursework” or “Prerequisites Only,” you do not have the option for Professional Transcript Entry. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check the requirements of the program before selecting the Professional Transcript Entry service.
The cost for NursingCAS’ professional transcript entry service is $65 for one to three transcripts, $90 for four to six transcripts, and $140 for seven transcripts or more. These fees are for coursework entry only and are in addition to NursingCAS’ regular application fees. As this is an optional service, no fee waivers are available for professional transcript entry.

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,

Requirements upon Acceptance

Starting with Spring 2019 admitted students: