Admissions Criteria: Master of Science in Nursing + Companion DNP
Applicants are expected to meet the following criteria for admission to the Frontier Nursing University (FNU):
- Be a registered nurse with educational preparation from a nationally (CCNE or ACEN) accredited nursing program. To check your program's accreditation please visit http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx.
- Registered nurses with a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing will be considered for admission to the DNP Program.
- Registered nurses without a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing, who have completed a diploma or associate degree nursing program and have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline, will be considered for admission to the DNP Program with the additional requirement of a portfolio of relevant employment and academic experience.
- Registered nurses who have an Associate Degree in Nursing but no baccalaureate degree in any discipline will be considered for admission via the ADN Bridge Entry Option. (See admission requirements for the Bridge entry option.)
- Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 from the most recent degree (nursing or related field) earned. Official transcripts for application must include conferred or awarded degree.
- Be a registered nurse with a current, active license in the United States with no encumbrances. If assignment to a clinical practice site requires that the student practice in another state, then the student is required to meet licensing requirements according to statutes and obtain the appropriate license.
- Have one year of Registered Nursing Experience. For RNs with less than one year of RN experience, the Admissions Committee may consider other significant experience in health care including working as a doula, childbirth educator, and/or lactation consultant.
- Submit three professional references (two professional supervisors and one professional peer) on the Professional Reference Evaluation Document
- Applicants whose primary language is not English and/or who have completed their tertiary education (level equivalent to U.S. college or university) in a non-English speaking institution, must take the internet based TOEFL (IBT) and achieve the following minimum scores: Reading 22, Listening 22, Speaking 26, and Writing 24. To be considered official, test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the University. Frontier Nursing University's TOEFL code is 5692. Please provide this code to TOEFL when taking the exam to ensure test results are expedited to the University.
Statistics and Physical Assessment (PA) are not included as core courses on the programs of study but are course requirements.
- Applicants having successfully completed statistics and/or PA within 10 years of beginning coursework with FNU are not required to take these courses again.
- Applicants who have NOT successfully completed stats and/or PA within 10 years of beginning coursework with FNU can have these course(s) incorporated into their program of study.
Physical Assessment – Must be a three (3) credit course. Physical assessment content integrated into other courses will NOT meet FNU requirements.
Statistics – An undergraduate upper division level, graduate level, or an Advanced Placement statistics course approved by the College Board.
Please submit transcripts, as part of your admissions packet, for verification that stats and/or PA meet FNU requirements.
Applicants with questions regarding their qualifications for admission to FNU should contact an FNU Admissions Counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants who meet the minimum requirements are evaluated individually. FNU Faculty, along with the Admissions Committee, makes all admission decisions.