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Admission Requirements – Domestic Applicants
The university graduate and Clinical Nurse Specialist program admission requirements below must be met before an application is considered complete.
Admission is a two-step process. Students must first be admitted to graduate status at the university before being considered for admission to a School of Nursing graduate program, including the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Entry-level Master's (ELM).
International students have a separate application procedure that precedes the standard admission process. View international requirements below or contact the International Center at +1-626-812-3055 or by email.
- Official copy of all transcripts leading up to and including posted BSN degree from NLN- or CCNE-accredited programs. Transcripts should indicate completion of the following prerequisite courses: health assessment, pathophysiology, nursing research, statistics, nursing leadership, and community health nursing.
- 3.0. baccalaureate or master’s grade-point average (Candidates with a grade-point average of 2.7-2.99 may be considered for provisional admission.)
- Copy of RN license
- Resume showing recent (within past five years) experience as a registered nurse
- Completed application for graduate admission (an online application is available)
- An MSN/ELM Application (PDF)
- Written statement of educational and professional goals. Also known as the Letter to the Dean, this essay should be one to two pages in length.
- Three APU Recommendation Forms from professional references who have the ability to evaluate your performance in the nursing field (e.g. managers, supervisors, and academic faculty; not coworkers).
- Computer literacy
- Completion of courses in health assessment, pathophysiology, nursing research, statistics, nursing leadership, and community health nursing equivalent to those offered in the APU undergraduate nursing program
- $45 application fee. Fee may be paid online, by a check made out to Azusa Pacific University, or by calling the Graduate and Professional Center cashier at (626) 815-4559.
- See Additional Requirements for program specific requirements.
All materials should be sent to:
Graduate and Professional Center: Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Admission deadlines for all MSN programs: September 15 for the spring semester and May 15 for the fall semester.
Admission Requirements—International Applicants
Azusa Pacific University is authorized under federal law by the U.S. CIS and the U.S. Department of State to enroll nonimmigrant, alien undergraduate and graduate students. APU issues and administers both the I-20 and DS 2019 (F-1 and J-1 status documents respectively).
To apply for a graduate program at APU, the following requirements must be fulfilled in addition to meeting the domestic applicant and program-specific admission requirements specified by the program.
International applicants must:
- Meet all standard admission requirements
International applicants must fulfill the domestic applicant and program-specific admission requirements in addition to meeting the following criteria.
- Demonstrate proficiency in English
Applicants should refer to APU’s English Proficiency Requirements to learn more. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may seek conditional admission to the university by enrolling in the APU American Language and Cultural Institute (ALCI) to gain English proficiency. (Some programs allow for other ways to demonstrate proficiency while others do not accept conditional admission through ALCI; please check with an international enrollment advisor for further details.)
International applicants must also submit:
- An International Graduate Application
(Apply Online | Download PDF)
Note: This application should be used instead of the domestic graduate application.
- A $45 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee
- Official transcripts
Request that official transcripts be sent to APU’s International Center for all degrees, certificates, and credentials earned prior to application to APU. Read more about APU’s requirements for international applicants.
- Proof of English Proficiency
Request that official TOEFL/IELTS test scores be sent directly to APU. Any other forms of proof indicated in the university’s English Proficiency Requirements must be submitted directly to the International Center. Applicants applying for conditional admission through ALCI must submit an ALCI application (PDF).
- An affidavit of financial support and a bank statement
International applicants must provide an affidavit of support and a bank statement proving financial ability to pay for educational costs through personal, family, or sponsor resources.
- A copy of a valid passport.
- A résumé showing work experience
International applicants must submit a current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) that demonstrates recent work experience.
- Three recommendations
Two from academic and/or professional sources, and one from a personal source (no family members). All recommendations must use the APU Graduate Recommendation Form (PDF).
Submit all materials to:
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave.
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
What to Expect
After the International Center receives all admission materials, a committee of department faculty review the applicant’s file. The applicant is then notified of the committee’s decision.
Transfer of Credits
Up to 12 units of approved graduate work taken elsewhere may be applied toward the MSN degree. Six additional units of approved graduate work may be applied toward the MSN degree through petition.
Students who have not had an undergraduate health assessment course within the last five (5) years must successfully complete or challenge APU’s undergraduate UNRS 220 Health Assessment course. Students also have the option to take a comparable health assessment course prior to enrolling in GNRS 511 Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment and Health Promotion or GNRS 512 Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion.
At the beginning of clinical coursework, including health assessment labs, the student is required to provide documentation concerning CPR certification, malpractice insurance, TB screening, and immunizations appropriate to the clinical setting.
The student’s health status must permit him/her to safely undertake and complete clinical experience required for the degree.
As a fully prepared health professional, the student is expected to take responsibility for self-evaluation of her/his own health status, including an assessment of the safety and appropriateness of practice in the clinical context, both for the student and the patient. An individual faculty member may require documentation of the student’s health status.
In light of recent statements from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and contracted facilities, the School of Nursing now requires that all undergraduate and graduate students undergo a background check prior to their involvement at clinical sites. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the student and is included in the lab fees for UNRS 105 and GNRS 511 or 512, or at the first clinical course if entering the program out of sequence.
Note: International students are required to pay the additional fee based upon the actual costs of background checks for their country.
All students are expected to read, understand, and adhere to the policies and requirements articulated in the MSN Handbook.