Master’s Program FAQ

What programs of study do you offer in the Master of Science program?

We offer several tracks towards earning a master’s degree here at the College. They include:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – 48 cr. hrs.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner – 48 cr. hrs.
  • Nursing Administration – 34 cr. hrs.
  • Nursing Education – 34 cr. hrs.

Do all programs of study require clinical experience?

Yes, each one of our master’s tracks requires a specific number of hours spent in the clinical setting. The number of hours required for each track is:

  • Nurse Practitioner – 650 hrs.
  • Nursing Administration – 150 hrs.
  • Nursing Education – 150 hrs.

When can I apply?

Nursing Administration and Nursing Education Tracks

  • Application period for Fall Semester admission: September 1–February 1

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) tracks admit only Fall Semester, which begins in August

  • Application period for Fall Semester admission: September 1–February 1

How can I apply?

If you wish to apply you may complete our online application or you may download and complete the PDF version.

What are the admission requirements?

Admission Criteria

  • Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from an accredited program; accreditation by either NLNAC or CCNE
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA)of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the baccalaureate nursing program (2.75-2.99 considered in provisional non-matriculated status for Nursing Education, and Nursing Administration tracks)
  • PREREQUISITES: Undergraduate Statistics and Research courses with a letter grade of “C” or better in both
  • Current unrestricted Ohio RN license or eligibility for Ohio RN licensure
  • Two Letters of Reference (from individuals such as: work supervisors, professional colleagues, and former faculty members)
  • Transcripts – All college transcripts, both graduate and undergraduate, must be sent directly to Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Attention Master of Science Program.
  • One page, typed statement of purpose written by the applicant that outlines the applicant's goals and objectives for the pursuit of graduate studies
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • One year of recent clinical experience is recommended
  • Face to face or phone interview for qualified applicants (at discretion of Graduate Faculty)
  • A minimum score of 79 for internet-based, 213 on computer-based and 550 on paper-based TOEFL for International students
  • Submission of all requirements of the application process

Who all is required to submit TOEFL scores?

TOEFL scores must be submitted by international students whose native language is not English.

I have taken ESL classes. Will you accept those instead?

No. You must take the TOEFL.

I have lived in the U.S. for several years now and do speak English. Do I still have to take the TOEFL?

This is at the discretion of the Director of Admissions. Please contact the Admissions Office if this is the case.

What all do I need to submit as part of the application process?

When you apply, be sure to submit all of the following materials:

  • Application
  • Application fee ($30.00)
  • Official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended. All college transcripts, both graduate and undergraduate, must be sent directly or electronically submitted by the institution to Mount Carmel College of Nursing Masters of Science Program
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • One page, typed statement of purpose written by the applicant that outlines the applicant's goals and objectives for the pursuit of graduate studies

Is there anything else I will need to submit?

Yes. When accepted you will need to submit:

  • Health history form
  • Copy of current CPR card
  • Copy of current TB skin test results

What CPR certifications will you accept?

The college will accept the following CPR certifications from both the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross:

American Heart Association

  1. BLS for the Health Care Provider
  2. Instructor/Trainer/Faculty

American Red Cross

  1. CPR for the Professional Rescuer
  2. Instructor/Trainer/Faculty

Must my CPR certification and TB skin test results be current?

Yes. CPR and TB skin test results must be current through the end of any semester of enrollment.

What is the cost per credit hour for graduate level courses?

The cost per credit hour for all classes that are part of any of our master’s level program is $495.00.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, federal loans and grant programs are available to students. Please be sure to complete your FAFSA and have it sent to Mount Carmel in order to determine what you are eligible for. Mount Carmel’s code for the FAFSA is 030719. Also, a limited number of scholarships are available.

A tuition discount program is available for qualified employees of the Mount Carmel Health System. Please contact the Office of Business Affairs to learn more about your eligibility.

How often are students admitted?

Students are admitted in the fall (August) semester for all tracks.

How long does it take to get a Master of Science degree?

Our nurse practitioner tracks can be completed in five (5) semesters if attending full-time or in seven (7) semesters if attending on a part-time basis.

All other master’s tracks take 7-8 semesters.

You must complete your specific program within 5 years of admission.

Are any courses available online?

Yes. There are five (5) core courses which can be taken online for any of the master’s tracks.

The Nurse Practitioner track has two direct care courses offered online.

Furthermore, if you select the Nursing Education track, all courses are offered online.

Online courses are solely taught in the virtual setting within virtual classrooms and discussions.

Are there any other graduation requirements besides the required courses?

Yes. Students must complete ten (10) hours of community service.

Can you define “community service”?

Community service is service that requires the application of one’s skills as an RN to meet identified community needs of vulnerable and at risk populations in accordance with the College’s mission and Catholic identity.

If I already have a master’s degree, can I earn a Certificate in any of your Master’s programs?

Yes you can. The type of certificates available and the number of credit hours required in order to earn it include:

  • Adult Gero/Acute – 26 cr. hrs.†
  • Family Nurse Practitioner – 26 cr. hrs.*
  • Nursing Education – 12 cr. hrs.
  • Nursing Administration – 12 cr. hrs.

† Must already have a NP certification in Family or Adult NP

* If you have not previously taken courses work in Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology and Advanced Health Assessment you will be required to complete 9 hrs. of direct care core courses in order to receive the Nurse Practitioner certificate.