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Master of Science in Nursing and Certificate Programs

MSN - Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements are different for the Certificate Programs. Please see the individual programs. Click here for the list of programs.

To be accepted for admission into the program, a student must present:

  1. Evidence of successful academic achievement in completing a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program or a MSN Bridge program. Course work must include an introductory statistics course (including inferential and descriptive) and an undergraduate nursing research course.

    Students who have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate program will be formally accepted into the Master of Science program upon receipt of all required documents for admission and review by the Graduate Nursing Admissions and Progressions committee. Students with an undergraduate BSN GPA of less than 3.0 are required to present test scores from the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) to be considered for admission into the program. Students should aim for a score above 500 for the verbal and quantitative sections and a 4 or better in the Analytical Writing section. In addition, those students applying to the MSN/MBA dual degree track must be accepted by the MBA program. Those students applying to the Nurse Anesthetist Track must first be accepted by the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Montgomery Hospital. Please contact the Frank J.Tornetta School directly at 610-270-2139 for an application packet.
  2. Current RN licensure in Pennsylvania.
  3. Students entering the MSN in Nursing Administration/ MBA Dual Degree Track require acceptable scores in the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT). For inquiries contact:
  4. Two letters of reference from professors or supervisors. At least one reference must be an academic reference.
  5. A statement of philosophy and a resume.
  6. One-year work experience as a registered nurse.
  7. The application for Admission.

The Graduate Admissions Committee meets at scheduled intervals during the year.

New students may earn credits as conditionally accepted students, but must begin the application process by completing the demographic portion of the application and submitting an undergraduate transcript and a photocopy of their current RN license. No more than nine (9) credits earned with conditionally accepted student status may be applied to the MSN degree. Students desiring to audit courses or take a course as a non-degree student must apply for admission in the same manner as MSN candidates. Students who are accepted conditionally will be evaluated after 3 courses by the Graduate Admissions committee.

Graduate Advisement
All students are assigned a track faculty coordinator upon formal acceptance to the graduate program. The faculty coordinators are available by appointment for student advisement concerning course selection any time during the academic year and especially during the pre-registration period. Students may also contact the Graduate Nursing Program Director for advisement.

Pleae contact the MBA program concerning the University's free GMAT prep classes at 215-951-1057 or email

Czekanski, Kathleen, PhD, RN, CNE
Graduate Nursing Program
La Salle University
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone (215) 951-1322
Fax (215) 951-1896


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