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Admission Requirements

The policies and criteria are conveyed to prospective students via the Harding University Graduate and Professional Catalog, Harding University Carr College of Nursing (HCCN) Graduate Student Handbook, letters, phone calls, electronic communications, and personal interviews.

Admission to the MSN program is competitive.

The standards for admission to the MSN FNP program at HCCN are as follows:

1.  A baccalaureate degree in nursing with an upper division nursing major from a nursing program accredited by a nursing accreditation body from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution.

2.  Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale. If the GPA is below 3.0, conditional acceptance may be considered.

3.  Satisfactory completion of basic inferential statistics, health assessment, and nursing research courses; each completed with a final letter grade of "C" or higher.

4.  A minimum score of 400 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or a total of at least 295 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Students with lessor scores may be considered for conditional admission if the GPA is 3.0 or above.

5.  If the applicant was not born in the United States or in a country where English is not the official language, the applicant may document their English proficiency based on the following criteria:

An official TOEFL iBT composite score of at least 83 with a minimum speaking requirement of 26/30 or 90%. The test must have been taken within the last calendar year of admission. An official TOEFL exam score report reflecting successful completion must be received no later than the application deadline. The TOEFL iBT can be taken in the Harding University Testing Office. The test is an expense to the student. Please contact that office for details at 501-279-4415 or online at www.harding.edu/testing.

6.  Unencumbered current, compact or state RN license

7.  Proof of 2000 hours of work experience as an RN

8.  Evidence of meeting health related requirements

9.  Evidence of current health and liability insurance (maintained throughout the program).

Program Fees and Incidental Expenses

Beyond tuition and university fees, graduate nursing students incur personal incidental expenses for which students are personally responsible. These include, but are not limited to, a computer, mobile computing device, clinical expenses, health-related expenses, standardized tests, certification preparation and examination fees, health insurance, liability insurance, uniforms, equipment, transportation, and personal costs while attending campus activities.

Required on campus dates are tentatively:
August 24-28, 2015
December 7-11, 2015
April 25-29, 2016

Application Procedures

Application cycle for admission in Fall 2015 is October 15, 2014 thru April 1, 2015.

Application procedures are required through HCCN. Students may apply for admission in the fall. Applicant interviews and candidate selections occur as application packets are completed.  Completion of MAT or GRE admission testing is necessary for candidate selection. Official GRE scores can be sent directly to Harding using institution code 1846 or the MAT can be taken at the Harding University Testing Center who will provide the scores directly to HCCN.

Students are to complete an online application through NursingCAS, and a supplemental application through the Carr College of Nursing prior to consideration for admission to the program. Application elements are listed below:

1.  Online applications available at www.harding.edu/nursing/msn_program/admission and NursingCAS http://www.nursingcas.org.

2.  Official transcripts of all completed academic courses submitted through NursingCAS.

3.  Completion of MAT or GRE .

4.  Three references pertaining to academic and professional work.

5.  Submission of health related requirements.

6.  Completion of the criminal background check.

7.  Verification of current unencumbered RN license for state of residence and/or practice.

8.  Submission of professional paper addressing career goals with two references in American Psychological Association (APA) format (includes in-text citation and reference list); limited to two typed, double-spaced pages).

9.  Application for admission to the graduate program will be considered when all materials are collected in NursingCAS, and a supplemental application (pdf) with the $50 non-refundable application fee submitted to HCCN.

All applicants will be invited for a personal interview with HCCN faculty. Applicants are expected to demonstrate professional demeanor and dress, interpersonal skills, professional communication, and integrity throughout the process.

Following the selection process, students will receive a letter of acceptance, admission as an alternate, or non-acceptance. If a student receives a non-acceptance letter, he or she may re-submit an application after one calendar year.