School of Nursing

Supplemental content for MS in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner

Admission Information

Because the M.S. in Nursing program includes supervised clinical experiences and the desire to maintain a high-quality program, the nursing faculty reserves the right to limit enrollments. The number of students accepted varies by program (Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner) and is based on clinical cohorts. Admission to the program is highly selective. The graduate program in nursing seeks candidates whose baccalaureate 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 baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a degree program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing
  • A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a B average
  • Students with a GPA less than 3.0 may submit GRE/MAT scores to be considered.

  • An undergraduate course in  Microbiology with a grade of B- or better

  • An undergraduate course in introductory statistics which includes descriptive and inferential statistics completed with a grade of B- or better
  • An undergraduate course in total health assessment
  • Students whose first language is not English may be required to take one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) or Duolingo.  Applicants must submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores and requirements.
  • Current resumé or CV

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

Admissions Pathway for Current University of Southern MaineBS in  Nursing students:

Current USM students in the Nursing program may apply through a reduced application process to the Masters of Nursing program.  The concentrations students can apply to via this pathway are: Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.


Students applying in this pathway will be considered for entry in the Fall semester following their graduation from the BSN. Eligible students will maintain a GPA of 3.3 or better throughout the undergraduate nursing program and be a current BSN student at USM at the time of application. Admission to the MS program is conditional upon passing the NCLEX exam. Conditionally admitted students may take 6 credits of graduate courses prior to matriculation

Students will still follow the admissions and application process but will have the following requirements changed:

  • No letters of recommendation required
  • No GRE or MAT required

Deadline for the  Admissions Pathway for Current USM BS Nursing Students - Fall semester start only

  • November 1st for early consideration for students in the traditional BSN program only
  • April 1st for accelerated BSN and traditional BSN students

 

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Application Deadline:

  • April 1st for Fall semester start
  • November 1st 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 the nurse practitioner role and reasons for becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Professional goals that will be supported by the Master of Science degree
    • The experiences, capacity, and abilities brought to a master’s program
    • Reasons for choosing USM for this program
  • Two letters of recommendation reflecting professional practice and academic achievement. Recommendations should be 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
  • Students whose first language is not English may be required to take one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) or Duolingo.  Applicants must submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores and requirements.

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 the 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.

 

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
  • English proficiency test scores may be required for students whose first language is not English. See below for details.

Applicants whose first language is not English

Students whose first language is not English may be required to provide test scores or credentials for English language proficiency.

USM accepts the following test scores and qualifications for admission into graduate programs:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL): 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
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): scores of 6.5 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): scores of 60 or higher
  • Duolingo Test of English:  scores of 105 or higher. Duolingo scores are being accepted on a trial for the 2022-23 academic year.
  • Bachelor's degree taught with English instruction

Questions regarding your experience and the requirements can be addressed with the Office of Admissions (usmadmit@maine.edu).

 

Learn More

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

 

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