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Admissions

Belmont’s School of Nursing receives applicants for admission and most applicant credentials for graduate nursing programs exclusively through the Nursing Central Application Service (Nursing CAS). Applications are considered on a rolling basis until all spaces in the entering class are each program are filled.

Candidates are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible. Selected candidates will be invited to an Interview Day held throughout the academic year.

The School of Nursing does honor courses taken online during Spring or Summer 2020. In addition, a grade of “pass” may be accepted for coursework taken during this time although a letter grade is preferred if that option was available. Candidates may be required to provide an explanation if they opted into the P/F grading scale.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a nationally accredited baccalaureate-granting institution with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA from all undergraduate coursework. A student may transfer up to six graduate hours from another institution upon the recommendation of the Graduate Admissions and Progression Committee. Transfer courses taken more than 5 years prior to application are not acceptable.

  • Proof of a current Registered Nurse (RN) license from the applicant's state of residence and/or practice.

  • A Tennessee RN license or a license from a state that is in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) is required for clinical experiences in Tennessee. This requirement can be completed after admission, but prior to enrollment for students who will be finishing their bachelor's degree by June 1.

  • A completed application file (per the Application Steps below), including:

  • Two references, one from a faculty member familiar with your undergraduate nursing work and a second from a nursing supervisor who can evaluate clinical work.

  • A writing sample describing your education goals and professional career goals

  • If invited, a successful on-campus interview.

Applications Steps

  1. Create an account for your online Nursing CAS application here.

  2. Log in and complete all sections as directed:

    a) For applicants to the MSN or BSN-to-DNP programs only, please enter all previously completed and yet to be completed college courses (you will need a copy of transcripts of all colleges attended).
    b) Download Transcript Request Forms for each college attended to arrange for an official transcript to be sent to NursingCAS.
    c) Complete all sections in the Program Materials. Click on each tab at the top of the program page for instructions.

  3. Submit your completed application to Nursing CAS with the appropriate program designated.

  4. Belmont will contact you regarding the status of your application. Update your file as necessary.

  5. If selected to interview, come to campus when invited and plan to be available that day for up to 3 hours, typically beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Post-Admission Requirements

After you’ve been accepted, you must complete the following requirements before enrolling:

  1. $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit by a specific deadline after acceptance, applied to your first semester’s tuition.

  2. Final official transcript of coursework that was in progress at the time of your application, sent directly to Belmont

  3. Documentation of licensure or certification information, as requested

  4. A background check, as directed by the School of Nursing, with favorable results

  5. Required immunizations

  6. Proof of health insurance coverage

  7. Program orientation

If any of these requirements are not satisfied, admission to the program may be rescinded.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • International applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official TOEFL scores (minimum of 550 PBT or 80 iBT) or by successful completion of ELS Language Center Level 112.
  • International applicants with college level course work from foreign institutions must have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service such as World Education Services or Joseph Silny & Associates.
  • In order to be issued an I-20 for the desired entry term, international applicants must be admitted no later than June 1 to begin enrollment in the fall.

Upcoming Information Session

  • You're invited to join us for our next online information session on Tuesday, August 16th at 6:00 PM Central time! During this session, we will cover various program- and admissions-specific information about all of our graduate nursing programs. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions during the event. Click here to register!