If you’d like to learn more about the MSN Entry into Practice, send an email to con-msneip@uiowa.edu with questions or to schedule a virtual meeting. For all other MSN tracks, please contact CON Graduate Programs.

For CNL and NSA Programs   For Entry into Practice Program


Admissions Requirements for CNL and NSA programs.

  • Baccalaureate or advanced degree in Nursing and approximately one year of experience
  • A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average
  • Graduate from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited nursing program
  • Completion of prerequisite course by the start of the program 
    • An upper-level undergraduate statistics course should be completed within five (5) years of the application deadline. Acceptable University of Iowa courses are as follows: STAT:3510 (22S:101), PSQF:4143 (07P:143), STAT:4143, and (22S:102), or BIOS:4120 (171:160). If you have further questions, contact CON Graduate Programs.

Requirements for International Students
Due to the level of Internet-based course work required, international students in this program of study are not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student immigration status. Questions regarding visas and immigration documentation should be addressed to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) via email at isss@uiowa.edu.

CNL and NSA Application Process

The first step in the application process is to complete the Graduate College Application. Upon receipt of application, Graduate Admissions will contact you by email and provide directions to upload the following items:

  1. Statement of Purpose
  2. Supplemental Information form
  3. Resume
  4. Copy of RN license
    • If you won’t have your RN license by the application deadline, please upload a document noting your BSN graduation date and when you will take the NCLEX
  5. Contact information including email address for three recommenders. The recommenders will be sent an email and asked to complete this recommendations form
  6. Statement of Disclosure
  7. Unofficial transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate schools. If admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Please note: current and former UI students do not need to provide unofficial or official UI transcripts.

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Admissions Requirements for Entry into Practice Program

  • Bachelor's degree or higher (in a discipline other than nursing from an accredited college or university)
  • No registered nurse license
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Natural Sciences completed within 10 years and/or a combination of related experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to meet objectives of the courses.
  • Pre-requisite course work (statistics, eight natural sciences, and three Social Sciences need to be completed before starting the program.)
  • Successful background and abuse checks

Prerequisites for Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Statistics

Natural Sciences, completed within 10 years To be considered for admission, six of eight natural sciences need to be completed at time of application (March 15). All must be completed within ten years of starting the program.

  1. Biology equivalent to UI BIOL:1141 – Human Biology: Health Professions; formerly known as Biology (Animal)
  2. Gen Chem I equivalent to UI CHEM:1070
  3. Gen Chem II equivalent to UI CHEM:1080
  4. Anatomy equivalent to UI ACB:3110 Principles of Anatomy or HHP:1100 Human Anatomy
  5. Physiology equivalent to UI HHP:1300 Fundamentals of Physiology
  6. Microbiology equivalent to UI MICR:3164 Microbiology of Human Health
  7. Nutrition equivalent to UI HHP:2310 Nutrition
  8. Pathology equivalent to UI NURS:3518 Pathology 


Social Sciences To be considered for admission, two of three Social Sciences need to be completed at time of application (March 15). All must be completed before starting the program.

  • Human Development equivalent to UI NURS: 1030 Human Development & Behavior (required)
  • Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology equivalent to: UI Psychology (PSY:1001); Sociology (SOC:1010); Social Problems (SOC:1030); or Cultural Anthropology (ANTH:1101).



  • Upper-level Statistics (Upper level within five years) equivalent to UI STAT:3510; STAT:4143; PSQF:4143, BIOS:4120
  • Statistics courses from community colleges are freshman/sophomore level and do not satisfy the prerequisite.
  • Statistics courses from a four-year university at the junior/senior undergraduate level will be accepted.


Requirements for International Students

International students whose first language is not English and do not meet the requirements for a waiver are required to submit English proficiency scores.

  • For a complete list of accepted English proficiency exams, score requirements, and waiver eligibility, please refer to the Graduate College English Proficiency Requirement page here.


Application Process:

Prior to application, send an email to CON-MSNEIP@uiowa.edu to request an unofficial transcript evaluation to determine how prior coursework satisfies the prerequisites and to be cleared to apply. Please note, transcript evaluations may take 2-3 weeks.

If you are cleared to apply, see step 1.

  1. Complete the Graduate College Application and pay the appropriate fee.
  2. Graduate admission will contact you by email and provide directions to upload the following items to your Admissions Portal through our website MyUI: ➢ Leadership and Experiences Form ➢ Essay ➢ 3 References, combination of academic and professional ➢ Statement of Disclosure ➢ All transcripts (post-high school) ➢ Justification Form (if applicable)
  3. Qualified candidates will be contacted for a group interview as the next phase of admission

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Feb 1

Priority deadline for CNL and NSA Programs

March 15

For Entry into Practice Program