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Advanced Studies in Nursing Leadership: Admission Requirements

Application Fee$50
Online Application FormStart application

Enter “NA” in the personal statement section on the application as the form.

All documents can be uploaded separately via the General Admissions Document.
Official TranscriptsAll students seeking enrollment in the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, and Nursing Leadership must hold a Master’s in Nursing degree from an accredited nursing program.

We can help you order transcripts via the General Admissions Document.
Letters of RecommendationProvide two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues at the BSN level or higher.

Letter of Recommendation Form
GPA3.0 GPA. Applicants with a GPA below the minimum may be admitted at the department’s discretion. A GPA letter will be required.
Work Experience2,000 hours of work experience documented by your HR department.Unencumbered RN license in the state in which you reside.
Writing Sample

Detail your personal and professional goals and explain how this program will help you bring them to life. The statement of interest must include well-constructed responses to the following:

  1. Describe how your professional experiences have prepared you for future education in the role which is the focus of your desired track.
  2. Describe your plans to alter your work, professional and /or personal obligations in order to have time needed to successfully complete graduate course and clinical work.
  3. Identify one significant contemporary issue/problem in the current US health care system and discuss how members of the nursing discipline can help address/solve the issue/problem.
Prerequisite Coursework

3-credit statistics course (grade of B or higher*)

*Students with a B- or lower grade in statistics will be provided the option of completing a self-study module and accompanying exam.

3-credit Baccalaureate-level health assessment course including observed laboratory (Will be determined during application review*)

*Students with a B- or lower grade in Health Assessment will be required to successfully complete a 3 credit hour course prior to starting the program.

Successful Background Check

Not Required for Admission. Approved background check and fingerprints required at the time of clinical courses. Students shall be drug-screened through arrangements made by the school and the screening agency. Students are responsible for the cost of all screenings. You may be denied participation and placement at a clinical agency based on the background or drug screening findings and the clinical agency’s pre-employment screening policy.

Withdrawal from the program will be necessary if you cannot be placed in a clinical agency to meet program practicum requirements.

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Transfer Credit

You may transfer in up to 9 credits for previously completed coursework equivalent to NUR 604 Advanced Pathophysiology, NUR 615 Advanced Pharmacology I, and NUR 611 Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning I. Note that we require official transcripts from all colleges you’ve attended, as well as a transcript showing the degree awarded.

Shortly after you receive your letter of admission, you will receive an evaluation of your transfer credits from the Registrar’s Office. If you want to review possible credit eligibility ahead of time, use TES® (Transfer Evaluation System).

International Students

If you are seeking enrollment as an international student, please submit the following:

Application Fee$50
Online Application FormStart application
English Language Proficiency TestIf English is not your first language, submit your test scores for either the TOEFL or IELTS.
UC requires a TOEFL score of 550 written, 213 computer-based, 79 internet-based and IELTS of 6.0
Official TranscriptsAs part of the admissions process, we require an evaluation of your overseas degree and transcripts to determine their equivalence to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. You may use the following universal organization:
Letter of Support from EmployerUsing a form provided by Utica, you’ll submit a letter of support from your current employer.

When to Apply

You can apply right now using our online application form. We accept applications throughout the year for enrollment into our spring, summer, and fall terms. You’ll receive a response from the admissions department within 2–3 weeks.