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Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing

Admission & Eligibility Requirements

Requirement

Degree

Program Option / Specialty

When Required

Completion of a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited* program.

*Note:  Program accreditation must have been obtained prior to completion of degree.

Master’s

Post Master’s Certificates

All

Application

Completion of a Master's degree in Nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited* program.

*Note: Program accreditation must have been obtained prior to completion of degree.

BS-DNP

MS-DNP

AllApplication

Minimum cumulative GPA:   3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Master’s

Post Master’s Certificates

All

Application

Completion of an approved statistics course (containing both descriptive and inferential statistics) within 5 years of enrollment in SDSU Course: Nurse 626 – Research in Nursing & Healthcare.

Master’s

All

Prior to end of 1st semester of graduate nursing coursework.

Minimum of 1500 hours of nursing practice (as verified by employer) as a Registered Nurse prior to enrollment in the first nursing clinical course.

Master’s

Post Master’s Certificates

ALL

Prior to 1st clinical / lab course.

Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the United States or its’ territories prior to enrollment in first graduate nursing course.

Master’s

Post Master’s Certificates

ALL

Application

Interview with graduate faculty and/or graduate admissions committee member(s).

Master’s

Post Master’s Certificates

FNP

Following application review

(for applicants that meet criteria only)

Coverage by non-employer sponsored RN liability insurance (1 million / 5 million).

Master’s

Post Master’s Certificates

ALL

Admission

Specific degree/specialty information will be posted in  mid-July

Additional Specialty Coverage, e.g. student coverage (NP or CNS), OR APRN coverage.

Master’s

Post Master’s Certificates

FNP

CNS

 

 

Specific degree/specialty information will be posted in  mid-July

Background check

(admission to a program is conditional based on the results of the background check).

Master’s

Post Master’s Certificates

ALL

Admission

(and annually)

Drug Screen

(admission to a program is conditional based of the results of the drug screen).

Master’s

Post Master’s Certificates

ALL

Admission

Required Immunizations

(admission to a program is conditional based on completion of the required immunizations).

Master’s

Post Master’s Certificates

ALL

Admission

(and annually for specific immunizations)

For applicants with English as a second language, one the following tests for English proficiency must be completed within 2 years preceding the requested semester of admission: 

  • TOEFL of 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based score, or
  • IELTS score of 7.0 total band.

Master’s

Post Master’s Certificates

ALL

Application

***Applicants with a master's degree in a non-clinical specialty are eligible to apply to the Master's DNP/FNP, however, will be required to complete the Family Nurse Practitioner course/clinical requirements.

Application Requirements

Each applicant is required to complete two applications:

  1. Application to the SDSU Graduate Nursing Program, and
  2. Application to the SDSU Graduate School.

You will complete the SDSU Graduate Nursing Application via NursingCAS (online application service). Please refer to the Application Instructions and Checklist when completing the application. The checklist will be posted here when the application cycle opens.

To complete the SDSU Graduate School Application (online application), please follow the Graduate School's  instructions for completing their application. Please note, this application does not require transcripts or letters of recomendation.

In addition, the following documents are to be completed and uploaded to your NursingCAS document:

1. Post-Graduate Certificate Program Personal Statement
2. Legal Questions Supplemental Form
3. Statistics Form
4. Verification of Employment Form

The deadlines for complete applications are listed below.  Incomplete / Non-verified applications will not be considered.

Applications are considered COMPLETE if they are listed in the NursingCAS system as follows:

Verified –  this designation applies to applications that all required information has been received and verified by NursingCAS.

NOTE:  ALL applications MUST be designated as VERIFIED by NursingCAS prior to Review Consideration.

Priority Consideration (Family Nurse Practitioner Only):  Complete and/or Verified applications received by the PRIORITY deadline will be reviewed with potential for early notification of acceptance to the program.  Only applications that have been VERIFIED by NursingCAS will be considered for Interview.

Degree / Certificate

Specialty / Emphasis

Applications accepted beginning

Priority Consideration
Round 1
Deadline

Priority Consideration
Round 2
Deadline

Application
Deadline

Interview Required

Post-Graduate Certificate

  • Nurse Educator
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
9/25/2017

N/A

N/A

CLOSED

No

Post-Graduate Certificate Brookings

  • Family Nurse Practitioner

 

9/25/2017

10/27/201712/29/2017CLOSED

Yes

Post-Graduate Certificate Rapid City
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
9/25/201710/27/201712/29/2017CLOSEDYes

Following review of the applications, eligible applicants to programs requiring interview will be contacted to schedule the interview. Applicants to programs not requiring interview will be contacted with application decisions.

Applicants who are offered admission to the program will be required to:

Questions? Contact the Assistant Director of Nursing Student Services.