Skip Navigation

MUSC Bulletin | College of Nursing

Graduate Nursing Programs | Graduate Admission Requirements

The admission to the graduate program is a two-step process.

  1. Initially, the Graduate Program Committee (GPC) Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee determines which applicants meet all admission requirements and are eligible for admission.
  2. Final admission decisions are completed based upon availability of faculty and College resources in relationship to the applicants’ desired area of specialization and/or focus of DNP practice inquiry project.
  3. The Admission, Progression and Graduate (APG) committee has final review and approval of admissions.

Application Time Frames
All students seeking admission must complete an application for admission and pay a nonrefundable application processing fee to the Office of Enrollment Management and adhere to the established deadlines. Applications received after published deadlines are subject to review only on a space available basis.

Entrance Requirements and Application Process for MSN and DNP Programs
Post-Baccalaureate Entry to the Master’s of Science Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

  1. Preferred nursing GPA of 3.0
  2. Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally accredited program
  3. Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0
  4. Undergraduate level statistics course
  5. Unencumbered, active registered nurse (RN) license in state where practicums will be conducted
  6. Three references from professionals knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic and nursing leadership potential (Must use university forms)
  7. Current CV or resume
  8. Personal essay
  9. GRE scores are not required

D.N.P. Post-Master’s Option for Advanced Practice Nurses

  1. Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a nationally accredited program and evidence of credentialing within the applicant’s specialty.
    1. Post-MSN Nurse Educators are not eligible to apply for Post-MSN entry, but can apply for Post-BSN entry.
    2. Post-MSN Nurse Administrators can apply for Post-MSN entry with submission of a professional portfolio documenting evidence of applicant's area of expertise and 500 supervised clinical administrative hours.
    3. Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) who are interested in becoming Nurse Practitioner are not eligible to apply for the Post-MSN DNP program, but can apply for Post-BSN entry.
    4. Post-MSN Nurse Practitioners (NP) can apply for Post-MSN entry if seeking a doctorate degree in their NP specialty.
    5. CRNA’s are not eligible to apply for the Post-MSN DNP program, but can apply for Post-BSN entry.
  2. Preferred cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework (official transcripts for all post-secondary school coursework are required) Applicants who attended a BSN or MSN program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be a competitive applicant.
  3. Graduates of Nurse Practitioner programs other than MUSC must submit verification of the amount of supervised clinical hours from the applicant's graduate program. Applicants should submit the verification of clinical hours form included in the application materials.
  4. Unencumbered, active advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) license in the state where practicums will be conducted.
  5. A copy of current APRN specialty certification must be submitted (Does not apply to Nurse Administrators).  If you are not certified, you are required to provide evidence of completion of graduate level courses in Health/Physical Assessment, Physiology/Pathophysiology (across the lifespan) and Pharmacology (broad categories of drugs) within the past 5 years. These must be 3 separate courses that meet current criteria for content based on the Consensus Model for APRN regulation (AACN, 2008).
  6. Three references from professionals knowledgeable about the applicant's academic and nursing leadership potential. (Must use University forms.)
  7. Statement of professional goals, including an indication of scholarly project to be undertaken in residency at the end of the program of study (500 to 600 words typed on one page)
  8. Current CV or resume.
  9. GRE Scores are not required.

Additional requirements include:

  1. Submit an official application for admission
  2. Submit a photocopy of current licensure to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in one of the 50 states or U.S. territories and be eligible for licensure in South Carolina. If clinicals are being completed in South Carolina, a SC RN license is required.
  3. Prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to matriculation into the College of Nursing. There is no time limit on previously completed course work.

Admission Classifications
The Student Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee acts on applications in accordance with the criteria and policies as stated and admits students only as full status. There is no provisional status admission to the Graduate Programs.

Transfer Credit
Selected graduate credits taken at other universities or colleges will be considered for acceptance toward partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Master of Science in Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. At least 33% of semester credit hours applied toward a Medical University of South Carolina graduate degree must be earned through instruction as a matriculated student at the University. Only courses in which a grade of “B” or above (85 or greater) has been earned will be accepted for transfer. The courses must have been taken within five years of the date of matriculation. After acceptance to the College of Nursing and no later than the first semester of matriculation, the student must file a written petition requesting the transfer of course work to the Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee through the Office of Student Services. For each course, the petition should specify: (a) course number, course title, number of credits, name of the university/college where the course was taken, the semester and year, and grade earned; (b) the degree requirements the transfer credits are intended to satisfy, including course number, course title, and number of credits. The course syllabus must accompany the petition. A transcript listing the course and grade earned must be on file.


Last Published with Edits:July 17, 2015 3:57 PM
Last Comprehensive Review: July 2015

© 2015  Medical University of South Carolina | Disclaimer