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Nurse Practitioner Programs

   Application deadlines for entry into program in fall 2020
  • August 15, 2019NursingCAS and Supplemental Applications Open
  • November 26, 2019 11:59 p.m.: NursingCAS Application Deadline
  • December 3, 2019 11:59 p.m.: Supplemental Application* Deadline

*A link to the UNC Supplemental Application will be sent to you by email after you submit your completed NursingCAS application.

The steps below will walk you through our application process which opens August 15, 2019, for entry into the BSN–MSN Nurse Practitioner programs in the fall of 2020. If you have questions after reviewing the instructions, please contact us at son_gradapp@unc.edu.

Please read and follow the instructions carefully to ensure the success of your application!

Apply in NursingCAS

Admission to the MSN program is necessarily a selective process. Meeting the posted criteria does not ensure admission. The Admissions Committee considers a myriad of factors including the quality of performance in previous undergraduate and graduate study (as applicable), success in previous employment and related experiences, and personal qualifications including suitability for advanced study. The Committee weighs each applicant’s accomplishments and potential for success in the program. Diversity in student backgrounds and scholarly interests is desired. Using an objective review procedure, the Admissions Committee recommends selected candidates to the Dean of The Graduate School.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national origin, age, religion, sexual preference, or handicap. Members of racial or ethnic minority groups and males are encouraged to apply.

After establishing your NursingCAS account, please be sure to select the correct application for your program of interest. Students may apply to only one program and one specialty per application cycle at UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing. We’ve outlined below which application you should select in NursingCAS based on your program of interest.

  • 2020 Fall BSN-MSN Nurse Practitioner Options
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
    • Family NP
    • Pediatric NP-Primary Care
    • Psychiatric Mental Health NP
  • Official transcripts are required for the NursingCAS application. It can take several weeks for transcripts to be received, posted and verified by NursingCAS, so we recommend you request your undergraduate and graduate transcripts as soon as you begin the application process. Contact NursingCAS at 617.612.2880 if you have questions about the status of your transcripts.
  • Unofficial transcripts are required for the UNC supplemental application. If the unofficial transcript does not clearly state the name of the institution, please write the name at the top of the transcript prior to scanning and uploading. Collectively, your transcripts should reflect all college-level course work you have taken and indicate the date your degree was conferred.
  • RN-MSN Applicants who have had their unofficial transcripts evaluated by our Office of Student Affairs should upload the evaluation under “Other” in their NursingCAS application. To have your unofficial transcripts evaluated, please fill out our request form here.

NOTE: If you will be completing a course or a degree after you apply, please upload the final transcript for the course or degree into the UNC supplemental application portal. A link to the portal will be sent to you by email once your NursingCAS application is submitted.

  • All applicants must be admissible to all previously attended colleges/universities.
  • If you have been declared academically ineligible and as such are unable to return to any previous institutions, you must contact that institution and seek documentation that reinstates your eligibility or your application cannot undergo review. Copies of all correspondence regarding your reinstatement request must be submitted in the application.
  • If your final institutional cumulative GPA is below 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale), please upload documentation of your eligibility to return to that institution to NursingCAS under Program Documents as “Other.”

Submit three letters of recommendation supporting your potential for success in the MSN program. Recommendations must be received from three individuals familiar your intellectual ability, academic achievement, practice expertise, and professional commitment to nursing. Note: The Letters of Recommendation are traditionally the most challenging for applicants, so please attend to these instructions carefully.

  • Employer Reference: One letter must be from your current immediate supervisor.
  • Academic References: Applicants attending a nursing program (online or traditional) between fall 2014 and the present, must submit two letters of recommendation from faculty members with an earned graduate degree (master’s or doctorate) whose class you have taken and who can speak to your academic qualifications and strengths as a student. Specifically, the letters should address your potential for success in graduate education, leadership ability, and personal characteristics that will help or hinder development as an advanced practice nurse. One faculty letter of recommendation must be from the nursing program most recently attended.
  • Additional References:
    • Applicants out of nursing school over five years (no completed courses since Summer 2014) have the option to submit faculty recommendations as outlined above, or two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues with an earned graduate degree (master’s or doctorate) who possess the ability to speak to your potential for success in graduate school. Letters from relatives, family friends, fellow staff members (co-workers of equal or less rank), clinical preceptors, clients/patients or religious/spiritual leaders will not be accepted.
    • International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to submit one letter of reference stating your ability to speak English fluently.

The Professional Statement offers insight into your professional goals and graduate school expectations and helps us get to know you. We also take into account your writing skills and ability to clearly express ideas. Your statement should be 3-5 pages double-spaced, and uploaded as a single document. Please attach an APA-formatted references page to your statement, and discuss each bullet below, creating a topic-specific heading for each:

  • Explain why you have chosen the specific advanced practice area in the MSN program.
  • Discuss how your work experience (both paid and voluntary) demonstrates your fit with your advanced practice area and your readiness for the advanced practice role.
  • Define your professional goals and how this program will contribute to your achieving them.
  • Consider your academic performance and describe in detail your academic strengths and areas of improvement.
  • Consider your clinical performance and describe in detail your clinical strengths and areas of improvement.
  • Identify any aspect of the program’s admission criteria for which you do not meet minimum requirements and provide an explanation for your situation. (An explanation is needed if GPA falls between 2.75 and 3.0, for example.)
  • Describe your leadership capabilities and provide examples of when you have served as a leader. This can be a formal leadership position or informal leadership (e.g. committee chair, leading strategic initiative, etc.).
  • Please share any other information you feel is pertinent to your applications that you wish the admissions committee to know (e.g. overcoming personal and/or professional adversity, etc.).

Upload a copy of your current Curriculum Vitae or Resume. This document should detail your career path, explaining any gap in employment greater than one year. Full disclosure of your complete education background including a list of all colleges and universities you’ve attended is required.

Documentation substantiating you hold a current unrestricted/unencumbered license as a registered nurse must be uploaded into the application. An “unencumbered license” means neither the license, the licensee’s practice, nor the licensee is associated with any type of restriction, encumbrance, or probationary limitations imposed by the applicable Board of Nursing or any judicial entity. NC License or compact state equivalent is needed by matriculation. The Information provided by the Board of Nursing website of your state is sufficient. Print and scan or save a screenshot to upload into the application.

  • We don’t interview every applicant, but if we seek clarification on any part of your application, we may contact you for an interview.
  • If you’re an international applicant and English is your second language, you will be interviewed.

We welcome international applicants to our MSN program, but it is essential that you be fluent in English. Presently, the University (including the School of Nursing) does not offer English as a Second Language programs or an English language institute. For this reason, candidates interested in attending the School of Nursing must be able to understand rapid, idiomatic English as spoken in lectures, group discussions, and clinical settings by individuals of widely varying accents. Students from non-English-speaking countries must be able to communicate quickly and clearly in spoken and written English.

Transcripts:

  • International students must provide a full credit evaluation of all courses completed at a foreign institution through World Education Services, Inc. (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    • NOTE: As part of the transcript submission, degree credentials are also reviewed by the Graduate School. Assessment of a foreign degree, including those conferred from institutions participating in the Bologna Accord, is based upon the characteristics of a national system of education, the type of institution attended, its accreditation and the level of studies completed. The following guidelines indicate the level of study expected of international applicants prior to graduate enrollment:
      • British patterned education bachelor’s degree with honours
      • French patterned education degree of diplme requiring four years of post baccalauréat study
      • Germany university Diplom Applicants with very strong academic records may be considered if they have completed the Staatsexamen, a bachelor’s degree after a 13-year Abitur, or at least one year of full-time study beyond Vorprfung, Zwichenprfung, Vordiplom, or any other bachelor’s degree
      • Other European countries: university degree requiring a minimum of four years of study
      • Canada university degree requiring a minimum of four years of study
      • Latin America university degree requiring a minimum of four years of study
      • India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal bachelor’s degree in engineering or medicine; master’s degree in all other fields
      • Philippines five-year bachelor’s degree or four-year bachelor’s degree plus one year of graduate course work
      • Other Asian countries: university degree requiring a minimum of four years of study

TOEFL or IELTS:

The School of Nursing MSN program requires a higher level of English proficiency than The Graduate School due to the clinical requirements. Applicants are required to enter their TOEFL/IELTS test information including the date the test was taken and scores under the “Academic History” section within the NursingCAS application. The UNC supplemental application requires official scores reported directly from ETS and/or IELTS. Standardized test scores must be official and are reportable for a period of two years from the date of the exam. Exam results more than two years old cannot be considered. The UNC Graduate School Institution Code is 5816 (no department code). International applicants must achieve a minimum total score of 575 (with a minimum of 50 in each section) on the written version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or minimum of 90 on the internet-based test with the following minimum section requirements: Reading, 21; Listening, 22; Speaking, 25; Writing, 22. Standardized test scores that are submitted to this institution are kept on file for only one year. Refer to The Graduate School for more information.

This is not a requirement of applicants who are residents of a country where English is the sole official language of instruction or if applicants hold a degree from an accredited United States institution of higher education.

Meeting the minimum total score on TOEFL does not guarantee admission to the School of Nursing. Admission decisions are made on the basis of multiple factors including: scholastic performance; English proficiency; essays; letters of recommendation; the appropriateness of the requested advanced practice area to the applicant’s goals and clinical experiences; and verification of financial support to ensure proper visa status. A score of 8 is required on IELTS which is higher than The Graduate School requirement.

Letters of Recommendation: You must submit 3 letters of recommendation with the same requirements as those referenced in the above. If English is your second language, you must also submit an additional letter that addresses your ability to speak English fluently.

Interview: An interview is required of all international applicants who are non-native English speakers. The interview (personal, telephone, Skype) will be conducted by faculty who teach in the candidate’s clinical area of interest. The interview has two distinct foci: part one will focus on information provided in the application materials (for example, essay and future goals); the second part will evaluate the interviewee’s English proficiency.

Two application fees are required. Please carefully read the instructions below for submitting both fees.

1) $70 to NursingCAS. Follow the instructions in the application to submit your $70 application fee to NursingCAS. Should you wish to request a fee waiver, contact NursingCAS after reading the instructions here.

2) $90 to UNC Graduate School. A $90 application fee is also required for the UNC supplemental application. Please remit payment via the supplemental application.

 Apply Now at NursingCAS

  • A link to your UNC Supplemental Application will be sent to you upon submission of your completed NursingCAS application.
  • You may check the status of your application by logging on to NursingCAS or to your supplemental application to see if any required items are missing. Check carefully, as the Admissions Committee will only review completed applications.
  • If information outside of the application documentation is required, the School will contact you directly.
  • Notification of Decision: The School of Nursing and the Dean of the Graduate school will notify you with a decision as soon as decisions are made. If your address changes during this time, please update it in the “Update Profile” section of the application.
  • After acceptance: If accepted, you’ll be asked to pay a $250 deposit and submit official transcripts to the UNC Graduate School. Instructions on how to do so will be included in your acceptance letter. If you’re seeking residency for tuition purposes, apply at this site.

Online Health Care Leadership & Administration Program

   Application deadlines for entry into program in fall 2020
  • Rolling Admissions
  • Apply by April 14, 2020 to be considered for fall 2020 admission
  • Apply by April 1, 2020, and we’ll refund your application fee if you enroll. Details here.

Degree options available for the MSN Health Care Leadership and Administration Program:

  • RN to MSN
  • BSN to MSN

The steps below will walk you through our application process for entry into the online MSN Health Care Leadership and Administration (HCLA) program in the fall of 2020. If you have questions after reviewing the instructions, please contact us at son_gradapp@unc.edu.

Please read and follow the instructions carefully to ensure the success of your application!

Apply Now

Admission to the MSN program is necessarily a selective process. Meeting the posted criteria does not ensure admission. The Admissions Committee considers a myriad of factors including the quality of performance in previous undergraduate and graduate study (as applicable), success in previous employment and related experiences, and personal qualifications including suitability for advanced study. The Committee weighs each applicant’s accomplishments and potential for success in the program. Diversity in student backgrounds and scholarly interests is desired. Using an objective review procedure, the Admissions Committee recommends selected candidates to the Dean of The Graduate School.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national origin, age, religion, sexual preference, or handicap. Members of racial or ethnic minority groups and males are encouraged to apply.

To begin an application, visit applynow.unc.edu. Once you create your account and log in, select Start New Application.
Application type: Graduate – Degree Seeking
Select a Major: Nursing Online – Nursing@UNC
Select a Degree: Master of Science in Nursing
Term of Entry: Fall 2020
Deadline for your program: April 14, 2020

Please review the academic and non-academic criteria for this program prior to applying.

Important Points

  • Applicants may apply to only ONE nursing degree program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. If an applicant applies to the DNP or MSN program, they may only select ONE specialty from those available. Should applicants ignore this instruction and submit multiple applications, the School of Nursing will ONLY process ONE application and refunds will not be granted for additional applications submitted.
  • Admission consideration is extended to applicants who complete and submit the online application and all required documents (including but not limited to letters of recommendation) by the posted deadline. The MSN Admissions Committee will only evaluate complete applications containing all required materials. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the entire application is received by the posted deadline by checking the online application portal.
  • Students in the Health Care Leadership and Administration option may enroll for either full-time or part-time study. Note: admission preference is given to applicants committed to full-time study, defined as enrolling in, minimally, nine credit hours per semester. This typically equates to three courses. Students may work while enrolled in the program to the extent that the student’s academic progression is not compromised. However, in accordance with School of Nursing policy, full-time graduate students employed by the University may work no more than 50 percent (20 hours/week) while actively engaged in coursework. The Graduate School permits all students a maximum of five years to complete degree requirements.
  • The GRE Requirement has been waived for the School of Nursing Graduate programs. School of Nursing applicants are not required to enter their GRE scores.
  • Unofficial transcripts including evaluations of unofficial foreign transcripts (if applicable) must be uploaded in the Academics section of the application. If the unofficial transcript does not clearly state the name of the institution, PLEASE write the name at the top of the transcript prior to scanning and uploading. Collectively, documents must reflect all college-level course work you have taken. Transcripts must indicate the date degree was conferred.NOTE: If you will be completing a course or a degree after you submit the application, please email the final transcript for the course or degree to son_gradapp@unc.edu.Official transcripts are required by The Graduate School if you are selected for admission. Additional information will be provided in your letter.
  • All applicants must be admissible to all previously attended colleges/universities. If you have been declared academically ineligible and as such are unable to return to any previous institutions, you must contact that institution and seek documentation that reinstates your eligibility or your application cannot undergo review. Copies of all correspondence regarding your reinstatement request must be submitted to son_gradapp@unc.edu.If your final institutional cumulative GPA is below 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale), please send documentation of your eligibility to return to that institution to son_gradapp@unc.edu.

Submit three letters of recommendation supporting your potential for success in the MSN program by the application deadline. Recommendations should be received from three individuals familiar your intellectual ability, academic achievement, practice expertise, and professional commitment to nursing. Note: The Letters of Recommendation are traditionally the most challenging for applicants, so please attend to these instructions carefully.

In the “Recommendations” section of the application, you will enter the name of your recommender and their email address. Once the recommendation provider information is saved, an email will be sent to the online recommendation provider with a link and instructions on how to proceed with the online recommendation.

  • Employer Reference: One letter must be from your current immediate supervisor.
  • Academic References: Applicants attending a nursing program (online or traditional) between fall 2014 and the present, must submit two letters of recommendation from faculty members with an earned graduate degree (master’s or doctorate) whose class you have taken and who can speak to your academic qualifications and strengths as a student. Specifically, the letters should address your potential for success in graduate education, leadership ability, and personal characteristics that will help or hinder development as an advanced practice nurse. One faculty letter of recommendation must be from the nursing program most recently attended.
  • Additional References:
    • Applicants out of nursing school over five years (no completed courses since Summer 2014) have the option to submit faculty recommendations as outlined above, or two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues with an earned graduate degree (master’s or doctorate) who possess the ability to speak to your potential for success in graduate school. Letters from relatives, family friends, fellow staff members (co-workers of equal or less rank), clinical preceptors, clients/patients or religious/spiritual leaders will not be accepted.
    • International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to submit one letter of reference stating your ability to speak English fluently.

The Professional Statement offers insight into your professional goals and graduate school expectations and helps us get to know you. We also take into account your writing skills and ability to clearly express ideas. In lieu of an interview, the professional statement avails the Committee of your personal perspective on your professional contributions, strengths as a student, current skills and abilities, and prior experiences. Prepare and proofread your statement carefully as poorly written statements will notably weaken your portfolio.

Your statement should be 3-5 pages double-spaced and uploaded as a single document in the “Statement of Purpose” section of the application. Please attach an APA-formatted references page to your statement, and discuss each bullet below, creating a topic-specific heading for each:

  • Explain why you have chosen the specific area in the MSN program.
  • Discuss how your work experience (both paid and voluntary) demonstrates your fit and readiness for graduate study.
  • Define your professional goals and how this program will contribute to your achieving them.
  • Consider your academic performance and describe in detail your academic strengths and areas of improvement.
  • Consider your clinical performance and describe in detail your clinical strengths and areas of improvement.
  • Identify any aspect of the program’s admission criteria for which you do not meet minimum requirements and provide an explanation for your situation. (An explanation is needed if GPA falls between 2.75 and 3.0, for example.)
  • Describe your leadership capabilities and provide examples of when you have served as a leader. This can be a formal leadership position or informal leadership (e.g. committee chair, leading strategic initiative, etc.).
  • Please share any other information you feel is pertinent to your applications that you wish the admissions committee to know (e.g. overcoming personal and/or professional adversity, etc.).
Upload a copy of your current Curriculum Vitae or Resume in the “Work and Volunteer Experience” section. This document should detail your career path, explaining any gap in employment greater than one year. Full disclosure of your complete education background including a list of all colleges and universities you’ve attended is required.
Documentation substantiating you hold a current unrestricted/unencumbered license as a registered nurse must be uploaded into the application in the “Program Supplement” section. An “unencumbered license” means neither the license, the licensee’s practice, nor the licensee is associated with any type of restriction, encumbrance, or probationary limitations imposed by the applicable Board of Nursing or any judicial entity. NC License or compact state equivalent is needed by matriculation. The Information provided by the Board of Nursing website of your state is sufficient. Print and scan or save a screenshot to upload into the application.
  • We don’t interview every applicant, but if we seek clarification on any part of your application, we may contact you for an interview.
  • If you’re an international applicant and English is your second language, you will be interviewed.

We welcome international applicants to our MSN program, but it is essential that you be fluent in English. Presently, the University (including the School of Nursing) does not offer English as a Second Language programs or an English language institute. For this reason, candidates interested in attending the School of Nursing must be able to understand rapid, idiomatic English as spoken in lectures, group discussions, and clinical settings by individuals of widely varying accents. Students from non-English-speaking countries must be able to communicate quickly and clearly in spoken and written English.

Transcripts:

  • International students must upload a full credit evaluation of all courses completed at a foreign institution through World Education Services, Inc. (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    • NOTE: As part of the transcript submission, degree credentials are also reviewed by the Graduate School. Assessment of a foreign degree, including those conferred from institutions participating in the Bologna Accord, is based upon the characteristics of a national system of education, the type of institution attended, its accreditation and the level of studies completed. The following guidelines indicate the level of study expected of international applicants prior to graduate enrollment:
      • British patterned education bachelor’s degree with honours
      • French patterned education degree of diplme requiring four years of post baccalauréat study
      • Germany university Diplom Applicants with very strong academic records may be considered if they have completed the Staatsexamen, a bachelor’s degree after a 13-year Abitur, or at least one year of full-time study beyond Vorprfung, Zwichenprfung, Vordiplom, or any other bachelor’s degree
      • Other European countries: university degree requiring a minimum of four years of study
      • Canada university degree requiring a minimum of four years of study
      • Latin America university degree requiring a minimum of four years of study
      • India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal bachelor’s degree in engineering or medicine; master’s degree in all other fields
      • Philippines five-year bachelor’s degree or four-year bachelor’s degree plus one year of graduate course work
      • Other Asian countries: university degree requiring a minimum of four years of study

TOEFL or IELTS: The School of Nursing MSN program requires a higher level of English proficiency than The Graduate School due to the clinical requirements. Applicants are required to enter their TOEFL/IELTS test information including the date the test was taken and scores under the “Test Scores” section of the application. The application requires official scores reported directly from ETS and/or IELTS. Standardized test scores must be official and are reportable for a period of two years from the date of the exam. Exam results more than two years old cannot be considered. The UNC Graduate School Institution Code is 5816 (no department code). International applicants must achieve a minimum total score of 575 (with a minimum of 50 in each section) on the written version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or minimum of 90 on the internet-based test with the following minimum section requirements: Reading, 21; Listening, 22; Speaking, 25; Writing, 22. Standardized test scores that are submitted to this institution are kept on file for only one year. Refer to The Graduate School for more information.

This is not a requirement of applicants who are residents of a country where English is the sole official language of instruction or if applicants hold a degree from an accredited United States institution of higher education.

Meeting the minimum total score on TOEFL does not guarantee admission to the School of Nursing. Admission decisions are made on the basis of multiple factors including: scholastic performance; English proficiency; essays; letters of recommendation; the appropriateness of the requested advanced practice area to the applicant’s goals and clinical experiences; and verification of financial support to ensure proper visa status. A score of 8 is required on IELTS which is higher than The Graduate School requirement.

Letters of Recommendation: You must submit 3 letters of recommendation with the same requirements as those referenced in the above. If English is your second language, you must also submit an additional letter that addresses your ability to speak English fluently.

Interview: An interview is required of all international applicants who are non-native English speakers. The interview (personal, telephone, Skype) will be conducted by faculty who teach in the candidate’s clinical area of interest. The interview has two distinct foci: part one will focus on information provided in the application materials (for example, essay and future goals); the second part will evaluate the interviewee’s English proficiency.

A $95 application fee is required by The Graduate School. Please remit payment via the final step of the online application.

 Apply Now

  • Notification of Decision: The School of Nursing and the Dean of the Graduate school will notify you with a decision as soon as decisions are made. If your address changes during this time, please email son_gradapp@unc.edu.
  • After acceptance: If accepted, you’ll be asked to pay a $250 deposit and submit official transcripts to the UNC Graduate School. Instructions on how to do so will be included in your acceptance letter.
 Questions about the application? Contact us at son_gradapp@unc.edu.