How to Apply



How to Apply

If you're ready to take your nursing career in a rewarding new direction, one in which you'll help shape the future of your profession, St. Catherine University welcomes your application for admission. Review the information below for application requirements, procedures and online forms.  If you need any assistance, contact your admission counselor

Through Jan. 23, 2015, St. Catherine University will accept applications to enter the Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric option in Summer 2015.

The University is not accepting applications at this time for the Nurse Pracitioner: Adult-Gerontological option.  Later in 2015, admissions will open for both options for Summer 2016.


Requirements for consideration of admission

All applications who have met the following criteria will be considered for admission:

  • A completed baccalaureate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission). The baccalaureate nursing program (i.e., initial major or upper division, post-baccalaureate second major) in which the nursing degree is awarded must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, formerly NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and a grade of not less than 'B-' in every nursing course. Applicants who do not meet these requirements should write a letter to the admission committee with rationale for an exception to the requirement. Admission would be on a provisional basis.
  • A current unencumbered nursing license.
  • Nurse Practitioner applicants must have two years of recent clinical practice as a registered nurse (R.N.). Applicants to the pediatric and adult-gerontological options must have at least one year experience in the area of specialization.
  • A post-secondary statistics course completed within the past five years with a grade of 'C' or better, inclusive of inferential and descriptive statistics. View a list (pdf) of local colleges and universities that offer equivalent statistics courses. This course does not need to be completed at the time of application, but must be completed prior to the first day of graduate classes.

Application instructions

Applications for the MSN program are submitted through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). 

The following materials must be submitted directly to NursingCAS:

  • Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended*
  • Three recommendations. At least one recommendation should be from a current supervisor; the other recommendations may be from professors or other employers.
  • Personal statement
  • Resume

*Transcripts submitted to St. Catherine University as part of a previous application cannot be used to complete the NursingCAS process. All official transcripts must be submitted directly to NursingCAS, including an official transcript from St. Catherine for applicants who were previously enrolled here.

We encourage candidates to begin the application process several weeks prior to the deadline as it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials will be received. Only applications considered "complete" (by NursingCAS standards) by the application deadline will be reviewed for admission.

Access the NursingCAS application materials and instructions

Personal statement

Prepare a personal essay that demonstrates advanced written communication skills and clarifies your purpose in pursuing a graduate degree in nursing. Do not exceed four typed, double-spaced pages. Please address the following topics:

  • Describe a situation when you/your team had a significant impact on a patient or a group of patients. How have you been transformed by that experience?
  • In your opinion, what are the most pressing health care concerns today?
  • Think about the advanced role you wish to pursue. What could you do in this role to help reduce health disparities?
  • What would you like to be doing in five years?

Personal statements must be uploaded directly into NursingCAS. Applicants will use the “document upload” feature in the Additional Sections window in NursingCAS.


Submit a current resume highlighting professional and volunteer experiences.

Resumes must be uploaded directly into NursingCAS. Applicants will use the “document upload” feature in the Additional Sections window in NursingCAS.

TOEFL scores

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT.  This requirement is waived for students who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States. Candidates must report unofficial TOEFL scores in NursingCAS. If admitted into the MSN program, official test scores must be submitted to St. Catherine University directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

International admissions

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit an International Student Application and Certification of Finances, in addition to the MANU program application. No additional application fee is required.


Qualified applicants will be contacted for a personal interview with the Admission Committee.

Selection process

Each application that has been completed with the items listed above and received by St. Catherine University will be considered. The admission decision is made by the graduate interview committee, which evaluates the applicant’s background, qualifications and potential.

Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.