School of Nursing

Supplemental content for Certificate of Advanced Study in Nursing - Post-Masters

Admission Information

Applicants must adhere to the same admission criteria and process of all other graduate applicants.

In addition to the application materials, applicants to the post-master's CAS are required to submit copies of all syllabi from the initial master's program in nursing, documentation of total clinical hours, and identification of individual courses to which clinical practicum are embedded.

Admission Information

Admission to the Certificate of Advanced Study in nursing is competitive. The graduate program in nursing seeks candidates whose previous academic preparation, scholastic achievement, professional experience, interest, motivation, and references are predictive of successful graduate study.

Each student's application for admission will be evaluated based on a composite of the following recommended standards.

  • A master's degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing
  • A minimum graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a B average
  • For a non-APRN applicant, Pathophysiology, Pharmacotherapeutics, and Physical Assessment coursework must be taken at USM within 2 years of starting clinical practice
  • Practicing APRN, the transcript must reflect the coursework in Pathophysiology, Pharmacotherapeutics, and Physical Assessment as individual courses
  • Current resumé or CV
  • Two years of acute care RN experience required for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate of Advanced Study program

A personal interview with the graduate faculty of the School of Nursing may be requested following a preliminary review of all required admission materials.

Application Procedures and Required Materials 

Application Deadlines

  • August 1st for Fall semester start
  • December 15th for Spring semester start

Applicants are required to provide the following materials: 

  • Application: Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
    • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
  • A resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • A 500-word essay that addresses the following topics:
    • Understanding of how the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) can enhance one's clinical practice and benefit the patient population
    • Professional goals that will be supported by the CAS
    • Experiences, capacity, and abilities brought to the CAS program
    • Reasons for choosing USM for this program
  • Two letters of recommendation reflecting professional practice and academic achievement. Recommendations should come from individuals who are qualified, through direct experience with the applicant's academic or professional work, to comment on the applicant's ability to undertake graduate study and the chosen profession.
  • Evidence (photocopy) of an unencumbered registered nurse license in Maine
  • Evidence (photocopy) of current state and national certification in a specialty (if appropriate)
  • Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.

International Applicants

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

  • Official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
  • International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

Applicants whose first language is not English

Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

Where to send transcripts and application materials

Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center

University of Maine System

P.O. Box 412

Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.

 

Learn More

For more information about courses and credit hours, view our Program Requirements.

 

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