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Academic Catalog '15-'16 | Admissions-NHP (MSN)

Admission to School of Nursing and Health Professions- Master of Science in Nursing

 

Admission Requirements for Degree-Seeking Graduate Students

Admission Criteria

All degree-seeking candidates for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing graduate degree program must meet the following entrance requirements:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an appropriately accredited institution of higher learning recognized by the U.S. Department of Education  (USDE) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEA)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Submission of a final transcript reflecting degree conferral before the first day of classes at Trinity
  • Satisfactory completion of NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is required in order to begin the MSN Program

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Application Procedure

Candidates for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program must submit the following documents to the Office of Admissions:

  • A completed application form with a non-refundable application fee of $40 (US).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended at the undergraduate and graduate level, sent directly to Trinity from the issuing institution(s). Transcripts submitted directly from an applicant are considered unofficial unless received in the original, unopened envelope from the issuing institution.
  • Three letters of recommendation in support of the application testifying to the applicant’s aptitude for graduate education and potential for professional growth and development.
    • Recommendations should come from current/recent supervisors or managers & current/recent professors. Letters of Recommendation will not be accepted from friends or family members.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Copy of an unexpired RN License in good standing.
  • Satisfactory completion (“B” or higher) of an elementary statistics and/or nursing research course.
  • Completion of an approved physical assessment course.
  • An on-campus written statement of purpose
    • Compose a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study in nursing at Trinity Washington University, your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications (including relevant collegiate, professional, and community activities). Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.
    • This statement will be written on campus during the on campus interview.
    • All MSN degree applicants will be interviewed by the MSN Program Director, Associate Dean, or members of the Graduate Program Committee. Clinical experience is not required but students are encouraged to work in professional nursing roles during summers and semester breaks.
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language and who have received degrees from institutions outside of the United States: Official scores of 550 or higher (written format), 213 or higher (computer format) or 79-80 or higher (internet format) from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted prior to admission. The TOEFL is administered by the Education Testing Service (ETS).
  • Applicants whose credentials do not meet the stated criteria for admission and believe their situation warrants special consideration are encouraged to contact the nursing program for additional information.

All materials should be sent to:

Office of Admissions: School of Nursing and Health Professions
Trinity Washington University
125 Michigan Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20017

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all required documentation is submitted to Trinity in one package for an admission decision to be made. Applications are reviewed and evaluated in the order in which they are received. Admissions decisions will be communicated in writing to applicants as soon as possible after a decision is made.

All materials received by Trinity from applicants or third parties (high schools, undergraduate and/or graduate institutions, recommenders, etc.) will be the property of Trinity. Trinity does not return or release materials submitted to the Admissions Office to applicants or third parties.

Falsification or alteration of any documents submitted for admission will result in actions up to, and including, revocation of acceptance to Trinity and the School of Nursing and Health Professions and/or dismissal from Trinity.

Admission Deadline: There is no application deadline, but candidates for admission should apply and arrange that all credentials be forwarded well in advance of the semester in which they wish to matriculate.

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Admission Status

Provisional Admission

At the discretion of the MSN program director and the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions, graduate program applicants who do not meet the standard admission requirements but who demonstrate potential may be admitted on a provisional basis and may take up to six (6) credits of graduate course work during their first semester to demonstrate academic preparedness for graduate level studies. A minimum grade of “B” or higher must be earned and official transcripts for course work must be submitted for evaluation in order to be considered for full admission into the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Conditional Admission

At the discretion of the MSN program director and Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions, applicants may be admitted to Trinity and the Master of Science in Nursing program on a conditional basis if all application materials are not received and evaluated prior to the beginning of the semester in which the applicant wishes to start. Applicants may be permitted to register for up to six (6) credits prior to receipt of all admissions materials as non-degree-seeking students. Those admitted on a conditional basis have one semester to submit all required admissions materials. Permission to register as a conditional admit should not be construed as conferring full admission to Trinity or the Master of Science in Nursing program. Students from whom complete admission files have not been received by the end of the first semester will be dismissed and must reapply for admission.

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Transfer Credits for Graduate Degrees

Students enrolled in a graduate degree program may transfer a maximum of six (6) credits from appropriately accredited institutions of higher learning toward a degree at Trinity. Associations recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEA) confer appropriate accreditation; these associations include but are not limited to regional accreditors. For specific rules governing transfer credits, see the School of Nursing and Health Professions Academic Policies.

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Admission Requirements for Non-Degree Seeking Students

Individuals interested in taking courses at Trinity on a part-time, non-matriculating basis may apply as non-degree students. Prospective non-degree students must complete an application for non-degree student status with the Office of Admissions and pay the $40 application fee.

Individual courses are offered on a space-available basis only, and students must satisfy all course prerequisites. Admission into these courses does not imply admission to Trinity. Students may earn no more than six graduate credit hours as a non degree-seeking student.

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Admission Requirements for International Students

International applicants must submit all credentials mentioned above for degree-seeking or non-degree students. The student is responsible for submitting all transcripts from institutions attended outside the United States for evaluation. To apply for admission to Trinity, international applicants must present the following documents:

  • An application form, accompanied by a non-refundable fee of U.S. $40.00, payable to Trinity.
  • A copy of the applicant’s official high school or college/university transcript. Transcripts must be translated into English and evaluated by an accredited agency such as the World Education Services, Inc. (wes.org) or the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (www.aacrao.org).
  • Three letters of recommendation in support of the application testifying to the applicant’s aptitude for graduate education and potential for professional growth and development.
    • Recommendations should come from current/recent supervisors or managers & current/recent professors. Letters of Recommendation will not be accepted from friends or family members.
  • Official score reports of TOEFL to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. (A basic score of 550 on the paper exam, 213 on the computer-based exam or 79-80 on the internet exam is required.)
  • Proof of financial responsibility, such as a Declaration/Certificate of Finances or an official bank statement for the first year of study.
  • An on-campus written statement of purpose
    • Compose a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study in nursing at Trinity Washington University, your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications (including relevant collegiate, professional, and community activities). Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.
    • This statement will be written on campus during the on campus interview.
    • All MSN degree applicants will be interviewed by the MSN Program Director, Associate Dean, or members of the Graduate Program Committee. Clinical experience is not required but students are encouraged to work in professional nursing roles during summers and semester breaks.

Trinity will issue the form I-20 (for the F-1 / Student Visa) to applicants who:

  • Are admitted to Trinity;
  • Are proficient in the English language as measured by the TOEFL or by graduation from an appropriately accredited American university. Associations recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEA) confer appropriate accreditation; these associations include but are not limited to regional accreditors; and
  • Demonstrate sufficient funds to cover expenses for at least one academic year.

Deadlines for International Students: All required documents must be submitted by July 1 for the fall term and November 1 for the spring term. Financial aid is not available to international students.

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Other Application Requirements

On Campus Interview

All MSN degree applicants will be interviewed by the MSN Program Director, Associate Dean, or members of the Graduate Program Committee. Clinical experience is not required but students are encouraged to work in professional nursing roles during summers and semester breaks.

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 Declaration of Intent

Upon notification of acceptance, the applicant will be asked to submit a Declaration of Intent (DOI). The DOI confirms an accepted candidate’s intention to enroll at Trinity in the School of Nursing and Health Professions’ Master of Science in Nursing degree program. Registration for courses cannot be processed until a DOI has been received.

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Enrollment Requirements

After acceptance into the MSN programs and prior to beginning any courses, students must:

  1. Meet all Nursing Clinical Requirements.
  2. Provide evidence of current CPR certification and evidence of current RN license in a United States jurisdiction where you are practicing.
  3. Provide a 2×2″ passport photo for the student’s permanent department file.

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Readmission

A student previously registered as a degree candidate who has failed to maintain continuous enrollment in the same graduate program for one calendar year or more must apply for readmission to the program. A letter requesting file reactivation should be submitted along with a new application form and a $40 non-refundable application fee to the Admissions Office.

Students who have not taken classes for two years or longer must apply for admission under the current academic program. Under certain circumstances, students who leave the college may be required to repeat courses that have expired. Students may be required to complete additional course work to meet degree, licensure, or certification requirements. The student’s transcript and program of study will be evaluated by the MSN program director in consultation with the Chief Nursing Officer and the School of Nursing and Health Professions Dean.

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Trinity reserves the right to change, without prior notice, any policy or procedure, tuition or fee, curricular requirements, or any other information found on this web site or in its printed materials.

Questions may be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs at academicaffairs@trinitydc.edu.

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Trinity reserves the right to change, without prior notice, any policy or procedure, tuition or fee, curricular requirements, or any other information found on this web site or in its printed materials.

Questions may be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs at academicaffairs@trinitydc.edu.

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