Admission Criteria

Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2020 – deadline October 18, 2019

Admission Criteria: Graduate Nursing Program

Regular Admission

The graduate nursing program admits students in Fall and Spring semesters. Applicants should possess the following:

  • Evidence of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited undergraduate nursing program.
  • Evidence of a valid, unencumbered Louisiana Registered Nurse license.
  • All transcripts from the undergraduate school and any work attempted at the graduate level. Submit documentation of satisfactory standing in graduate nursing program at last institution attended (if applicable).
  • A current resume, including applicant’s full name, address, telephone number(s), email address(es), academic preparation, degrees held, honors, awards, special interest work history, and other relevant information.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale for last 60 undergraduate hours of required nursing degree courses, as indicated by a transcript.
  • Completed a course in introductory statistics with a minimum grade of “C” or equivalent.
  • At a minimum, two (2) Letters of Recommendation.
  • A Statement of Intent/Purpose with rationale for pursuing study in selected concentration.

Students meeting admission criteria does not guarantee admission to the MSN program. Additionally, ICMSN programs reserve the right to limit the number of students enrolled in a course in order to make the most effective use of educational resources available.

During the first semester of enrollment of regular admission the student must:
  • File a degree plan with the MSN Graduate Coordinator, in accordance with the General Requirements of the Master’s Degree in the Graduate School section of the Catalog.
  • Submit a complete history and Student-Employment-Physical.
  • Submit current certification in CPR (every two years), annual TB results, and required immunizations. (MSN Health Requirements)
  • Submit a negative drug screen.
  • Submit an acceptable background check.
  • Health Insurance.
  • Professional Liability Insurance.


Provisional Status

For information, please call the MSN Program Office (985) 448-4690.


Non-Degree Classified Admission

For information, please call the MSN Program Office (985) 448-4690.



Admission and Progression Requirement for the Advanced Practice Concentrations (FNP, PMHNP)

Admission to the practicum component of either advanced practice concentration (FNP or PMHNP) means that the MSN degree-seeking student is eligible to progress beyond the core courses to complete the program of study. Applications for admission to the  practicum component should occur during the semester in which the student is scheduled to complete the core course work.

The following criteria will be considered for admission to the Family Nurse Practitioner or  Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentrations:

  • Meet regular admission criteria to MSN program (formula score is considered).
  • Cumulate Grade Point Average (GPA) rank in the MSN program. Cumulate GPA in the required advanced practice core courses: NURS 507/607, NURS 517/617, and NURS 518/618 (calculated after completion of semester).
  • Written commitment to a full-time or part-time degree plan as established by the MSN program. For limited practicum slots, preference will be given to full-time students.
  • At least one (1) year of appropriate nursing experience.
  • Drug testing will be required.
  • Evidence of CPR certification, OSHA, verification of Tb test, required immunizations, liability insurance, and health insurance.

The Graduate Coordinator will notify students of the status of their application at the close of the semester in which they have applied, following calculation of final GPA. Once admitted to the declared NP concentration, the student is expected to follow the full-time or part-time degree plan which becomes part of their record. Students who do not follow their degree plan may lose a practicum slot and will be required to reapply to the role concentration.

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