To be considered for admission to any of the four master’s program tracks at Mount Carmel the following is required:

  • Baccalaureate (Master’s and Doctoral also considered for the NP program) Degree in Nursing from an accredited program; accreditation by either the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formally NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the baccalaureate nursing program
  • Undergraduate statistics and research courses with a letter grade of “C” or better in both. A ‘C-’ will not be accepted
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two recommendation letters (from individuals such as: work supervisors, professional colleagues, and former faculty members who hold a minimum of a Master’s level degree). Download Graduate Recommendation Form
  • A comprehensive well-written goal statement is an essential component of a successful graduate application. The goal statement essay is used as a source of information and as a sample of your writing ability. You should focus on your professional goals and how you envision these goals can be achieved through graduate study. Your goal statement should be approximately two, double-spaced pages (approximately 400 words).
    • The goal statement should include:
    • Professional and academic background, skills, and accomplishments
    • Describe your academic and career goals
    • How did you decide to seek graduate education in this specialty area?
    • Qualities you possess that would make you a good practitioner in the specialty for which you are applying
  • Current, unrestricted Ohio RN license or eligibility for Ohio RN licensure
  • A minimum score of 79 for internet-based, 213 on computer-based and 550 on paper-based TOEFL for International students
  • Candidate video / Interview
  • One year recent clinical experience recommended

* Students are not required to have a preceptor(s) setup prior to applying to their program of choice, however, students must have a preceptor in place at least 4 weeks prior to the start of their first clinical course. It is the responsibility of the student to find a preceptor for each clinical experience. The Graduate Clinical Coordinator is available to provide resources and guidance to students as they search for an appropriate preceptor/site. The Graduate Clinical Coordinator can be reached at

Find out more about MCCN’s new Direct Admit Pathway that provides qualifying MCCN students and alumni with an early assurance of admission into the intended program of study.

Clinical experience recommendations

  • Family Nurse Practitioner: one year recent clinical experience.
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Nursing Leadership: Clinical Operations: two years recent clinical experience.

Admission Categories for Master of Science Program:

Unconditional Admission

Applicant has met all admission criteria for the MCCN master's program

Conditional admission

Applicants who do not meet the minimum program requirements may be considered for conditional admission. Admission in such cases will depend heavily on other indices of the student’s ability to handle graduate-level work. These might include strong performance on standardized tests, GPA in the major and/or other experiences or admission requirements that are clearly indicative of strong academic ability.

A student who is conditionally admitted must remove the condition by earning a grade of “B: or higher in each of the first three graduate courses of the student’s graduate plan of study. These courses must be completed as designated in the degree plan; there is not eligibility for course drops, withdraws or incompletes unless documented mitigating circumstances warrant and are approved by the program Director or Dean.

For any matters regarding affiliation agreements or clinical compliance requirements and processes, please direct your questions to the Graduate Clinical Coordinator at

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