Admission for Spring 2015
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 Spring 2015 admission is available through NursingCAS from July 1 through November 3, 2015. 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. Please note that it may take several weeks to complete the application and for all credentials to be received and verified through NursingCAS.
Selected candidates will be invited to interview during one of two fall interview days: Friday, October 17, 2014 or Friday, November 14, 2014.
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 coursework for the BSN (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. Click the “Apply” link at www.nursingcas.org.
2. Create an account and login to your secure NursingCAS online application. When creating your account, be sure to click “Yes” to the question, “Are you applying to a graduate level program in nursing?”
3. When logged in, complete all “Required” items on the Application Checklist as directed by NursingCAS. This includes data entering all coursework information and arranging for official transcripts to be sent to NursingCAS.
4. In addition, Belmont University School of Nursing requires the following items also be submitted through NursingCAS (these items are indicated as “Optional” in NursingCAS):
a. In the Professional Experience Section, submit information regarding nursing
licensure by selecting “Certifications” from the drop-down menu and completing
b. In the References Section, submit two (2) letters of recommendation. One should be
from a faculty member who is familiar with your undergraduate nursing work, and
one should be from a current nursing supervisor who evaluates you clinically.
c. In the Personal Statement Section, complete an essay of 1-2 pages in length
describing your education goals and career goals. Additional writing samples
may be requested.
5. Be sure to designate (by checkmark) Belmont University Master of Science in Nursing in the Designations Section of the application and to link your Belmont essay. NursingCAS charges $65 for your application to be sent to the first program designation and $35 for each additional designation.
6. In addition to submitting your application to NursingCAS, you must submit GRE scores directly to the University's Admissions Office. The Institution Code for Belmont is 1058 and the Department Code for Nursing is 0610. Please see note above about GRE waiver.
7. Following a preliminary review of the completed application file, the Admissions Committee will invite selected applicants to interview prior to final admission decisions.
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. Proof of licensure as an RN, 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 November 1 in order to begin enrollment in the Spring.