The School of Nursing receives applications for admission and most applicant credentials for the MSN program exclusively through the Nursing Central Application Service (NursingCAS), provided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
The application for 2016 admission is available through NursingCAS from August 1, 2015 through May 1, 2016, although applicants may start their NursingCAS application prior to August 1. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until all spaces in the entering class are filled and an appropriate wait list of alternate candidates is formed. Therefore, candidates are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible.
Selected candidates will be invited to one of the following Friday interview days:
October 23, 2015 - November 13, 2015 -
January 8, 2016 - February 5, 2016 - March 18, 2016 - April 8, 2016 - May 13, 2016
Minimum Admission Requirements
1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a nationally accredited baccalaureate-granting institution with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA from all undergraduate coursework. A student may transfer up to six graduate hours from another institution upon the recommendation of the Graduate Admissions and Progression Committee. Transfer courses taken more than 5 years prior to application are not acceptable.
2. Proof of a current RN license from the student's state of residence and/or practice. A Tennessee RN license or a license from a state that is in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) is required for clinical experiences in Tennessee.
3. Graduate Record Examination taken within the last five years. Note: The GRE may be waived for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or better in all undergraduate coursework (3.2 or better for applicants who have completed a BSN from Belmont), once all transcripts have been verified by NursingCAS.
4. A completed application file (per the Application Steps below).
1. Create an account for your online application at www.nursingcas.org.
2. Log in to your application and complete all sections as directed.
3. As part of your application, enter all previously completed (and yet to be completed) college courses (you will need a copy of transcripts from all colleges attended to do this).
4. As part of your application (in the Colleges Attended section), download Transcript Request Forms for each college attended to arrange for an official transcript to be sent to NursingCAS.
5. As part of your application, complete all sections in the Program Materials area. Click on each tab at the top of the program page for instructions.
6. Submit your completed application to NursingCAS with the appropriate program designated.
7. Separate from your NursingCAS application, submit an official GRE score report directly to Belmont University: Office of Admissions, Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212. Please see note above about GRE waiver.
8. Wait to hear from Belmont University via email regarding the status of your application. Update your application file as necessary.
9. If selected to interview based on a preliminary review of your credentials, come to campus during one of the Friday interview days listed above. Plan to be available on the interview day for up to 3 hours, typically beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Once accepted, candidates must complete the following requirements before enrolling:
1. $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit by a specified deadline after acceptance,
applied to first semester tuition
2. Final official transcript of BSN degree sent directly to Belmont University, if not
previously submitted through NursingCAS.
3. RN licensure information, if not already submitted at time of application
4. A background check, as directed by the School of Nursing, with favorable results
5. Required immunizations
6. Proof of health insurance coverage
If any of these requirements are not satisfied, admission to the program may be rescinded.
1. International applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official TOEFL scores (required minimum of 550 PBT or 80 iBT) or by successful completion of ELS Language Center Level 112.
2. International applicants with college level course work from foreign institutions must have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service such as World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Joseph Silny & Associates (www.jsilny.com).
3. In order to be issued an I-20 for the desired entry term, international applicants must be admitted no later than June 1 in order to begin enrollment in the fall.