Admission Requirements (MSN)

Allen College uses a holistic admission review. The process balances academic achievement, work experience, extra-curricular involvement, leadership, community service, diversity, as well as, other applicable life experiences.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

  1. A bachelor's degree with a major in nursing from a school accredited by a regional accrediting organization.


    A bachelor's degree in another field in conjunction with an associate's degree in nursing from schools accredited by regional accrediting organization

  2. A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the last 60 college credit hours completed. (Effective for Spring 2014 applicants and thereafter.)
  3. Current licensure as a registered nurse in Iowa. Individuals are currently licensed when licensed in another state and recognized for licensure in Iowa pursuant to the nurse licensure compact contained in Iowa Code chapter 152E.1. The Admissions Office will verify the status of each applicants RN licensure. Please click on the following link for more detailed information. Iowa Licensure Requirement
  4. Courses in community health nursing, statistics and nursing research at the baccalaureate level are required of students holding a non-nursing baccalaureate degree.
  5. Computer literacy.
  6. Three professional/academic letters of reference.
  7. A biographical sketch.
  8. A statement of personal and professional goals.
  9. TOEFL or IELTS is required for students whose native language is not English.  (This requirement is waived for students who have successfully completed 12 credit hours or more of coursework in a regionally accredited institution of higher education.)
  10. Copy of current CPR certification card.
  11. Applicants for the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program must also have completed ACLS and have recent acute care experience (within the past two years) prior to enrolling in their first clinical course.

Conditional Admission

Conditional applicants are those persons requesting admission with a GPA between 2.90 and 2.99; those needing to complete undergraduate courses in statistics, research, and community health; and/or those without one year of practice as an RN. Persons with less than a 3.0 GPA will be required to complete nine credit hours of non-clinical graduate course work with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above before conditional status is removed; others must satisfy course deficiencies to have conditional status removed.

Fully qualified applicants will be admitted before conditional applicants with a less than 3.0 GPA are considered for admission.

Non-Degree-Seeking Status

Students may enroll in non-clinical graduate coursework on non-degree-seeking status for the purpose of:

  • Self enrichment.
  • To complete coursework for intended transfer to another institution.
  • To advance knowledge in course content.

No more than 12 credit hours completed during a non-degree seeking status may be applied toward degree requirements. Students are eligible to receive financial aid for no more than 12 credit hours as a non-degree seeking student.

Requests for non-degree seeking status are reviewed and acted upon by the Graduate Admissions, Progression and Graduation Committee.

Non-degree seeking students should note that some graduate programs may not accept credits completed in non-degree seeking status. 

Fully qualified applicants and conditional applicants will be admitted before non-degree seeking applicants are considered for admission.

Graduate Selection Process

The Graduate Admissions, Progression and Graduation Committee reserves the right to make final decisions regarding admission to the MSN program.

All Graduate Students

  1. The Office of Student Services reviews completed application files.
  2. When the applicant's file is complete, the Office of Student Services notifies the applicant of the admission decision.
  3. Upon final review of the applicant's completed file, the applicant may:
    • Be admitted unconditionally.
    • Be admitted conditionally.
    • Be placed on alternate list because of lack of available space in the track or program.
    • Be denied admission

Clinical Experience

Nurse practitioner students must provide evidence of 800 hours of clinical experience as a registered nurse prior to enrollment in a clinical specialty course.