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Application Process

NursingCAS Now Open for Spring Applications

Admissions decisions are made based upon the quality of the application and the number of available slots in the program desired. Application to the MSN and Post Masters Certificate Programs involves a two step process.

Step 1: First complete a Florida Atlantic University Graduate Application. Due to a high volume of applications and the time needed to receive and process transcripts and application fees, step one may take up to 2 weeks to complete. You may check your application status online:

Step 2: Submit College of Nursing supplemental materials to the NursingCAS Program ( NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to nursing programs. All documents must be received in NursingCAS by the published application deadline. (Costs are the responsibility of the applicant.)

*Your admission application is contingent upon successful completion of steps 1 and 2. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications with missing documents/transcripts are considered incomplete.

NOTE: Please check below for documents you may need and/or want in advance for the application process.

All program prerequisites including specific courses required for the concentration of the student's choice must be completed before the application deadline. Students may apply for only one MSN concentration.

Please visit the specific program pages for specific course prerequisites. If you are unable to complete the prerequisite courses and submit all necessary supporting materials by the program application deadline, you are encouraged to apply for the next admission cycle for your program of interest. (Please note: the NP concentrations admit only once a year.)

In general, Graduate Program Applications can be improved by paying close attention to:

  • Writing ability
  • Experience in nursing relevant to the program desired indicated on your CV/resume
  • Evidence of contributions to the profession, leadership experiences, and/or participation in professional organizations indicated on your CV/resume
  • Articulation of Leadership in interview
  • National Certification
  • Community service activities
  • Graduate Record Examination scores or Miller Analogy Test - MAT (If GPA is below 3.0)

Regulations governing admission to the graduate study in Nursing at FAU include those established by both the University and College of Nursing.

"All materials submitted in support of your application become the property of Florida Atlantic University. We cannot return materials or copies to applicants. Thank you for considering Florida Atlantic University for your graduate school needs."

Graduate Programs Admission Deadlines

Applicants are admitted into a specific MSN concentration. Students may not change into an NP concentration from a non-NP concentration.  Upcoming admission deadlines are listed below.

Nurse Practitioner Applicants All Nurse Practitioner (NP) concentrations are limited access and admission is competitive. NP applicants are considered as part of an application cohort and are admitted once a year in the Fall semester.

Nurse Educator, Nursing Administration and Financial Leadership, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Advanced Holistic Nursing Applicants May apply for admission in the Fall or Spring semesters.  Students may not change into an NP concentration from a non-NP concentration.

International Student Applicants: Please check with Graduate Admissions for application information and deadlines.

Nurse Practitioner Admissions Deadline
NP Fall 2016 Admission  February 15th
NursingCAS opens September 15th through February 15th NursingCAS closes February 15th
All other MSN Admissions Deadline
Fall 2016 Admission June 1
NursingCAS opens January 2nd through June 1st 
NursingCAS closes June 1st
Spring 2016 Admission November 15
NursingCAS opens September 4th through November 15th
NursingCAS Closes November 15th
Summer Admission No Summer Admissions
Non-Degree enrollment for summer courses is offered

Nurse Practitioner Fall 2015 Admission Information Session

DATE Campus /Time/ Location
Monday, November 2, 2015 HBOI, 4-6pm, LE 246
Boca, 6-7:30pm, NU 201
January 25, 2016
January Session RSVP
HBOI, 4-6pm, LE 246
Boca, 6-7:30pm, NU 201

MSN Application Process - Checklist Table

Step One Admission Requirements MSN
FAU application for Graduate Admission (click on underlined hyperlink) X
FAU Application requires one set of Official Transcripts from ALL prior institutions attended to the FAU Graduate Admissions Office.
*FAU students are not required to send official FAU transcripts to FAU.
Step Two Supplemental Application Materials Submitted to NursingCAS  
BSN/PMC: Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the final 60 baccalaureate-level course credits in the B.S.N. program, or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores are required for applicants with a grade point average of less than 3.0.  X
Philosophy of Nursing Essay
(Click for Guidelines for Philosophy Essay) (click on underlined hyperlink)
One electronic letter of recommendation requested through the NursingCAS System. You will need to provide a name and e-mail address for you are the person providing the recommendation. X
Resume or CV (Required Format for CV) (click on underlined hyperlink) uploaded into the NursingCAS system X
Current RN licensure (copy of license). Copy of online license verification from the department of health acceptable
Uploaded into the NursingCAS system
Official transcripts* from all prior institutions attended. All concentrations submit one set of official transcripts to FAU Graduate Admissions.  NP applicants submit an additional set of official transcripts NursingCAS. 
*NP FAU students are required to send official FAU transcripts to NursingCAS only. NP applicants must submit official copies from institutions attended other than FAU to both NursingCAS and FAU.
Earned BSN from an accredited university and nursing program accredited by either CCNE or NLN X
Basics statistics course (FAU STA2014 or STA2023 or equivalent) X
Baccalaureate level course in nursing research X
It is recommended (not required) that applicants enrolling in MSN concentrations requiring Direct Care Core take/retake undergraduate pathophysiology, health assessment and pharmacology if taken more than five years from MSN/PMC program enrollment.  
A state/federal criminal background check is required for all admitted students. If admitted to the graduate nursing program the student MUST initiate the background check process as required and outlined online before enrolling in courses. Costs are the responsibility of the applicant/student. Required upon admission for all MSN and PMC students and updated annually by signed Oath and Affirmation statements.

Graduate Student Orientation Manual

New Graduate Student Checklist

Graduate Programs Contact Information

For more information about the MSN and PMC programs, please contact:

Contact Details:
Ms. Karen Kasmer
Program Coordinator
777 Glades Rd.
Boca Ration, FL  33431
Fax:  561-297-0088
Email:  kasmer
Office Hours:
M-F / 8:30am-5:00pm NU 102