Please note that many of our programs have made exceptions to the application process and admissions requirements due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Additionally, references to in-person campus visits, events, lab work, or classroom interactions should be read in light of current campus health and safety guidelines, which continue to evolve in response to changing conditions. More information can be found on WesternU’s COVID-19 Information page.  Please contact us if you have any questions or need further information.

Step 1: Authorization for Out-of-State Students

State and federal laws require that colleges and universities obtain authorization to offer online degree programs in any state where their students reside. If you are an applicant from outside California, please click here to confirm we have authorization in your state.

International Students: We do not require a separate application or fee, and you should be prepared to meet all of the prerequisite and application requirements as outlined. If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our International Student Services (ISS) staff are available to help you. Visit the ISS website to learn more.

Step 2: Application Requirements

The next step in the admission process for the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (MSN/FNP) program is to ensure you are on track to complete the admission requirements below.

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  • Bachelor’s degrees in related fields will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for Overall and last 60 semester or 90 quarter units
  • Completion of a statistics course (min 3 semester units) with a grade of “C” or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution
  • Registered Nurse (RN) active and unencumbered licensure in the state where your preceptored clinical hours will be completed
  • One-year (1800 hours) of experience as a Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Access to a computer meeting minimum technical standards
  • All coursework taken from non-US institutions (including Canada) must be submitted to an approved service for evaluation

Proof of Legal U.S. Residency – If Required

  • International applicants, or any other applicants who are not U.S. citizens and who are living in the U.S., must provide proof of legal U.S. residency prior to matriculation.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – If Required

  • The TOEFL is required for all applicants submitting coursework from foreign schools
  • TOEFL scores are valid for two years
  • Internet-Based test (IBT) minimum score: 80
  • Computer Based test minimum score: 213
  • Exceptions:
    • The TOEFL exam will be waived for permanent and temporary residents of the United States who have completed six semester units of the communication requirement from a regionally accredited U.S. institution
    • You have a confirmed bachelor’s degree at the time of application from a regionally accredited U.S. institution
Step 3: Preparing and Submitting your Application

The apply now page will provide you with step-by-step instructions as well as an application checklist. There are a number of supporting materials that make up your completed application and it is essential that you print and carefully follow the checklist to ensure that you properly submit these pieces by the deadline

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you navigate through the application process, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions.