ELM Admissions Requirement

The Master of Science in Nursing - Entry Level Master's Program is designed for applicants holding a baccalaureate from other fields. This allows pre-licensure nursing students to study basic nursing knowledge and science at the graduate level concurrently with graduate core content to prepare for licensure as a registered nurse. Students graduating from the ELM track will be able to assume the role of a direct provider of care, nursing and administrator or nursing faculty member.

Application Requirements:

  • $50 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • A Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college/university (see below requirements for international students)
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited post-secondary schools attended
  • Minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Applies to Cumulative GPA
    • Applies to Science GPA
  • Complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “B” or better prior to matriculation. Science prerequisite courses must be taken within (7) years of the submission of application.
    • English (3 units)
    • Sociology (3 units)
    • Psychology (3 units)*
    • Nutrition (3 units)
    • Human Anatomy with lab (4 units)*
    • Human Physiology with lab (4 units)*
    • Microbiology with lab (4 units)*
    • Statistics (3 units)
    • Speech/ Communication (3 units)
  • Official HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Exam
    • Minimum of 75% overall cumulative and individual module score (includes module, submodule and subsection scores 75% minimum requirement)
    • Distance Testing Department ID: 201622
    • HESI Admission Assessment Exam Guidelines
    • CLICK HERE to register for an upcoming HESI exam at CDU
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic/professional) - Recommendation form is required
    • Click here for the Recommendation Form
    • Recommendations should address the following areas:
      • A. Relationships with work (paid or voluntary) associates
      • B. Work competence
      • C. Communication and interpersonal skills with persons of diverse backgrounds
      • D. Leadership skills or potential
      • E. Values, ethical standards, responsibility and initiative
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Interviews:
    • Selected applicants will be invited to continue the application process by participating in an in-person(selected applicants will be contacted by phone or email)
    • Background Check
      • All students will need to have a clear criminal background check within a month of being accepted into the program in order to start the program. While in the program a clear background check is required to progress through the program. Some agencies also require live scan fingerprinting in addition to background checks. In order to do so the Social Security Number in needed.

For International Students:

We do not require a separate application or additional fee, and you should be prepared to meet all of the admissions requirements as outlined above. Application Requirements for all applicants submitting coursework outside of the USA

  • Coursework completed outside the US must be evaluated for US course equivalency from one of the following services (course-by-course evaluation required):

    • World Education Services (WES)
    • Josef Silny & Associates (JSA)
    • Global Credential Evaluators (GCE)
    • International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
    • Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)
    • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, International Education Service (AACRAO IES)

If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our Office of International Affairs will be able to assist you. You can contact CDU’s Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Director, Office of International Affairs Dr. Lejeune Lockett lejeunelockett@cdrewu.edu or (323) 357-3458