Post-BSN MSN CNL Admission Requirements


Effective Fall 2015

The College of Nursing is no longer accepting applications to the MSN-CNL program at this time. 

There are four (4) major areas considered in admissions decisions. Acceptances will be offered based on all the criteria listed below with no single criterion having more importance than another.

  • BSN academic achievement
  • Personal qualities as assessed from interviews
  • Professional recommendations
  • Personal statement

Apply Early

Please don't wait until the night before a program deadline to submit your application. You should apply before the earliest deadline of the program(s) that you are applying to. This will allow the necessary time to verify and process your application.

Application Guidelines


Part 1: The Application Process

Prospective students MUST apply to the MSN CLN program through NursingCAS, a national nursing centralized application service endorsed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Specific instructions are provided on the UTHSC NursingCAS Info page.

Part 2: Prerequisites/Degree Requirements

Post - BSN: Bachelor’s of Nursing Science (BSN) degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university (or approved international equivalent) AND current RN licensure.

***All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning studies at the UT Health Science Center (UTHSC), but do not need to be completed prior to application.***

Prerequisite Courses*



Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II**

8 semester hours with labs (required)


Minimum 3 semester hours
with lab (required)


3 semester hours (required)

Minimum Total Semester Hours
Completed Prior to Admission

14*** semester hours in addition to a Bachelors Degree
or Higher

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning studies at the UT Health Science Center (UTHSC), but do not need to be completed prior to application.

*Numbers in table represent “semester hours” from regionally accredited colleges and universities completed with a grade of C or higher. The prerequisite courses in this table are not offered by the UTHSC, College of Nursing.

*** The 14-semester-hour prerequisite requirement represents non-nursing, collegiate academic studies. The 14-semester hours must be completed during or in addition to your undergraduate collegiate studies.

Post - BSN

This track is for individuals who hold a BSN degree and RN license and who seek Clinical Nurse Leader certification. The program has both full-time (1-year) and part-time (2-year) options. Classes are taught face-to-face and on-line.

Part 3: Official Transcript

Official transcripts from every college/university you have attended will be needed to complete your on-line application through NursingCAS. In addition, you will need to request that a copy of your transcript also be sent to NursingCAS for verification.

Transcripts from any non-U.S. institution must be sent to and verified by a NACES accredited agency, for example, the World Education Services (WES).

Part 4: Recommendation Forms & Statement

Applicants are required to provide the names and addresses of three (3) persons who can address their ability to successfully complete the program -- of the three, two (2) are faculty members and one (1) is an employer.

Part 5: Other Important Criteria

  • On-campus interview is required as part of the admission process.
  • Individuals dismissed from other nursing programs are not eligible.
  • Students must complete a successful criminal background check and drug screen within 30 days of official acceptance to a College of Nursing program. Background checks and drug screens may be repeated during the student’s program of study.

Part 6: Min. Performance Standards for MSN CLNApplicants

  1. Critical thinking sufficient for clinical judgment;
  2. Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, groups, and populations from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds;
  3. Communication abilities sufficient for verbal written interaction with others. Speak, write and comprehend the English language proficiently;
  4. Use computer to word process, email, and access the World Wide Web;
  5. Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, walk in hallways, maneuver in small spaces, and the strength necessary to lift and transfer patients, including the ability to exert up to 50 lbs. occasionally and 25 lbs. of force frequently. Physical activities include climbing, pushing, standing, reaching, grasping, kneeling, stooping, and repetitive motion.
  6. Gross and fine motor abilities with good balance and coordination sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
  7. Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs;
  8. Visual ability, with close visual acuity including color, depth perception, and field of vision sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care;
  9. Tactile ability and manual dexterity sufficient for physical assessment and to provide nursing intervention including manipulating equipment necessary for providing nursing care.

Part 7: Certifications

  • Current RN license (For BSN and applicants only)
  • Current Basic Life Support (CPR Certification) prior to UTHSC enrollment and maintained throughout UTHSC enrollment

Part 8: Laptop & Tablet Required; Essential Computer Skills

  • Must own a web-connected laptop.
  • Computer/web-based literacy skills expected.
  • Once accepted, students will referred to the UTHSC College of Nursing Computer and Software Requirements.

Part 9: Native Tongue not English (TOEFL scores required)

  • Evidence of English proficiency is mandatory part of application process
  • Official minimum TOEFL Score earned within two (2) years prior to application to College of Nursing
  • Three versions of TOEFL: Paper-based Test (minimum score 550), Computer-based (minimum score 213), and Internet/web-based (minimum score 80).

Part 10: If Not a U.S. Citizen

  • Applicant must provide photocopy of immigration documentation showing “legal immigration status” (e.g., “Green Card”).
  • Copy of Immigration Status Doc.

Part 11: Fees

NursingCAS fees are $65 for MSN. After acceptance, students are required to submit a $75 Application Processing Fee and a $200 Guaranteed Enrollment Deposit (GED). The GED, a non-refundable fee due within 30 days of acceptance, is held in escrow and applied to the student’s first term of study.


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Future Student
Contact Information

For General Inquiries:
Jasmine Osborn, BPS
Administrative Coordinator
920 Madison, #1020
Memphis, TN 38163

For BSN Program Inquiries or Transcript Evaluations:
Helen Lu, M.S., M.A.
Recruiting Coordinator
920 Madison, #1031
Memphis, TN 38163

Jamie Overton, M.A.Ed.
Director of Student Affairs
920 Madison, #1021
Memphis, TN 38163



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