Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program is considered on a competitive basis for prospective students who are registered nurses and hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Applications will be received through the Midwestern University website. The University Admission Team will review each application for completeness and refer complete applications to the Graduate Nursing Program Admission Committee for review.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program, applicants must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing granted by a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Current and unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in at least one legal jurisdiction in the United States and its territories.
  3. Submission of current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) to highlight current clinical, educational, or administrative practice related to nursing that can serve to facilitate the successful completion of an advanced nursing degree.
  4. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Submission of a personal response in one page or less to "Why am I pursuing this degree?"

Additional Admission Requirements for the Post-Master’s Certificate Track:

  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program.
  2. Current and unencumbered license to practice as an advanced practice nurse in at least one legal jurisdiction in the United States and its territories.
  3. National certification through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Application Process and Deadlines

To be considered for admission into the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program and Post-Master’s Certificate Track, applicants must submit the following to the University’s Office of Admissions:

  1. A completed Application for Admission form.
  2. Official transcripts verifying completion of a baccalaureate or higher-level degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited program, and satisfactory completion of all prerequisite coursework with a grade of a “C” or higher (“C-“will not be accepted).
  3. Official final transcripts from all colleges attended.

Please be advised that applications are due no later than July 31st (early submissions are encouraged) through the Midwestern University website. 

Questions related to the Midwestern University Admissions Portal can be directed to the office of admissions (888/247-9277 or 623/572-3215; and general admissions questions can be directed to the Program Director (Dr. Love:

Please note: The receipt of the application materials and the file status can be tracked on the University's website. Upon receipt of the application, the Office of Admissions will send instructions for accessing account information. Applicants are responsible for notifying the Office of Admissions, at the above address, of any changes in mailing address and/or e-mail address.

All requests for withdrawal of an application must be submitted in writing via e-mail, fax, or letter to the Office of Admissions.

Selection Process

The MSN program and Post-MSN certificate track at Midwestern University use a rolling admissions process. Completed applications are reviewed, and decisions to admit candidates are made regularly during the admission cycle until the class is filled. The admissions committee reviews all completed applications to the MSN program and Post-MSN certificate track and then formulates and submits a recommendation to the Dean for final approval. The Dean, via the Office of Admissions, notifies applicants in writing of admission decisions. Applicants are required to submit their applications by July 31st. Applicants are notified of their selection status no later than two weeks after completing their file.

Reapplication Process

After receiving either a denial or an end-of-cycle letter, prospective students may reapply for the following year's admissions cycle. Before reapplying, however, applicants are encouraged to seek input on strengthening their application from a counselor in the Office of Admissions after the admissions cycle is officially over. To initiate the reapplication process, prospective students must complete and submit new applications and proceed through the standard application procedures.

Transfer Policy

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program may elect to accept transfer students. Transfer students must apply to the program and, if qualified, participate in an admissions interview. Any requests for consideration of transfer credit must be provided in writing by the student before the interview or by July 31st. Supporting documents, such as course syllabi, must also accompany this request.

Please note that advanced pharmacology, advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced physical health assessment, practicum coursework, and tandem didactic courses associated with the practicum courses and skills-based courses will not be considered for transfer credit. The Admissions Committee must approve all transfer students and will determine the number of graduate transfer credits granted (not to exceed 16 credits).

Transfer students are not accepted during the clinical phase of the program. Also, please note that transfer students/credits are not accepted into the Post-Master’s Certificate/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track.

To receive credit for previous coursework completed at other institutions, students must submit a Transfer of Credit Request Application to be evaluated by the Admissions Committee. The transfer of credit has the following conditions:

  1. Transferred course credit is limited to graduate-level courses from recognized, regionally accredited degree-granting institutions.
  2. Credit is not transferred for a clinical practicum or an internship.
  3. Credit may only be awarded for courses in which B- or better grades were attained.
  4. Credit can only be awarded for courses completed within the seven-year period before matriculation.
  5. Transfer of Credit Request Applications must be submitted by July 31st.
  6. Please contact the program for a list of eligible transfer courses.