Applying to Fisher Nursing Online

Admissions standards for Fisher Nursing Online share our on-campus program’s high standards of excellence. We are looking for candidates who are committed to impacting the nursing profession, with the educational background and determination to succeed in our program and beyond.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university, a current unencumbered RN license, and one year of current experience in a clinical setting to qualify for admission.

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Application Requirements

The Fisher Nursing Online application consists of the following items:

  • Online application;
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions;
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who currently work with the applicant and are qualified at the master’s level or higher in nursing (APRN preferred; physician and/or PA, NP, or CNS also accepted);
  • A personal statement of 1-2 pages that discusses how the applicant’s clinical and professional background has prepared them to be successful at the graduate level, as well as professional goals and objective for obtaining an advanced degree in the applicant’s intended specialty;
  • An updated résumé.

Work Experience

Applicants must have at least one year of current clinical experience at the time of application, and a current unencumbered license in the state in which they are employed and intend to practice as a registered professional nurse.

In addition, our specialized pathways require additional work experience detailed below.

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP): Applicants are encouraged to have clinical experience in this specialty.
  • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP): Applicants must hold current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification and have a minimum of one year of current acute care clinical experience.

Undergraduate GPA and Prerequisites

A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is considered minimally competitive, but most students accepted to the program have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. Additionally, applicants must have a grade of B or higher in the following undergraduate courses:

  • Health Assessment
  • Research
  • Statistics

International Applicants

Non-native English speaking applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. The minimum accepted scores on the TOEFL are:

  • 575 paper-based
  • 233 computer-based
  • 80 Internet-based

Results of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are also accepted. The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5.

Note: Foreign students who have received their undergraduate degrees from institutions in the United States are exempt from the TOEFL and IELTS.

In addition to submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores, international applicants must send transcripts from international institutions to an evaluation service such as World Education Services for a course-by-course report.

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