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Application Process

NursingCAS Opens September 15th for Fall 2021 Nurse Practitioner Admissions

Admissions decisions are made based upon the quality of the application and the number of available slots in the program desired. Please read the following instructions carefully. 

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

Step 2: NursingCAS Application: NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to the nurse practitioner concentrations. After submitting your FAU application, create an account in NursingCAS ( You will submit application supplemental materials (listed under admissions requirements), request a letter of reference and enter all of your undergraduate course workinto the NursingCAS Application System. All documents must be received in NursingCAS by the published application deadline. (Costs are the responsibility of the applicant.) PLEASE NOTE: You will request the letter of reference electronically in NursingCAS. Be prepared with a reference name and  current e-mail address.  NursingCAS requires their own set of official transcripts. 

*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.

All admission requirements must be completed before the application deadline. Students may apply for only one MSN concentration.  

  • If you are unable to complete the requirements 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:  FNP and AGNP concentrations admit only once a year in the Fall semester. All other concentrations admit Fall and Spring semesters)

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

  •  Writing ability
  • Resume
    • Experience in nursing relevant to the desired concentration.
    • Evidence of contributions to the profession, leadership experiences, and/or participation in professional organizations
    • National Certification
    • Community service activities/Leadership
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 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 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.

Out of State Online Students:  FAU is authorized to offer online nursing programs in many states. Individual state authorization status is available online at .  If you are a resident of a state in which FAU is not currently authorized to provide post-secondary educational instruction,  please contact us to discuss program options.

Nurse Practitioner Admissions Deadline
NP Fall 2021 Admission 

February 15th
NursingCAS opens September 15th through February 15th - NursingCAS closes February 15th

Incomplete FAU and/or NursingCAS applications (with all admission documents) are not considered for admission


Nurse Practitioner Admission Information Session


Campus /Time/ Location

January  2021 (TBD)

RSVP -Coming Soon

HBOI, 6-7:00pm
Boca, 6-7:00pm

November  2021 (TBD)

RSVP - Coming Soon

HBOI, 6-7:00pm 
Boca, 6-7:00pm

Graduate Programs Contact Information

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

Matt Patterson
Academic Advisor 
777 Glades Road, NU102I
Boca Ration, FL  33431
Fax:  561-297-0088
Office Hours:
M-F / 8:30am-5:00pm NU 102