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American Sentinel College of Nursing & Health Sciences Admissions Requirements

Undergraduate, Graduate, & Doctoral Admission Requirements

Applicants to the nursing and healthcare programs must submit the following:

  • A completed application.
  • Driver’s license or state-issued ID.  The driver’s licenses or state-issued IDs of the students seeking enrollment in any of the nurse practitioner specializations must match the state indicated on the application showing residence in an approved state.
  • A copy of the applicant’s active and unencumbered United States RN license.  If the applicant does not hold an unencumbered United States RN license, they may submit a Validation of Licensure Report that shows evidence they have the appropriate authorization to practice as a professional registered nurse in the geographic area in which they work. CGFNS International is an agency that can provide acceptable documentation. This may vary by program or specialization.
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution(s) attended. Prior nursing education must be from a state board approved school of nursing, hospital school of nursing, or an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree nursing program accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the United States Department of Education. The institution(s) must send the transcripts directly to Post University.
  • Applicants may submit unofficial copies for evaluation and acceptance. However, they must contain proof of minimum degree conferral or completion and minimum grade point average (GPA). If the unofficial transcript does not have completion or conferral status, the applicant must also provide a copy of their diploma. The Registrar’s Office must receive official copies of transcripts with degree conferral or completion date and minimum GPA by the end of the first 8-week term. If the applicant fails to submit such official documents on time, they cannot start future courses until the receipt of official transcripts, and subsequently withdrawn for failing to provide them.
  • Official copies of transcripts with degree conferral date, transfer credit, and minimum GPA must be received by the Registrar’s Office after initial registration into a SIMPath semester. If the applicant fails to submit such official documents on time, they will be disallowed from registering for any additional SIMPath courses until the official transcripts are received. 

The chart below lists the prelicensure or degree(s) GPA requirements for admission into each program of study.

Prospective Program GPA Prelicensure or Degree(s) Requirements
Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Nursing Prelicensure program with a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Nursing/Master of Science Nursing Prelicensure program with a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Master of Science Nursing – Non-Nurse Practitioner Specializations

Master of Science Nursing/Master of Business Administration Healthcare  Dual Degree

Bachelor of Science Nursing or Master of Science Nursing degree program with a minimum 3.0 GPA earned on a 4.0 scale.
Master of Science Nursing – Nurse Practitioner Specializations Bachelor of Science Nursing or Master of Science Nursing degree program with a minimum 3.0 GPA earned on a 4.0 scale.
Master of Business Administration – Healthcare Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA earned on a 4.0 scale.
Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Bachelor’s degree in a healthcare-related field (public health, nursing, dietetics, microbiology, etc.) with a minimum 3.0 GPA earned on a 4.0 scale.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Master of Science Nursing degree program (if no Master of Science Nursing degree, additional transcripts from Bachelor of Science Nursing) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

In addition to the items above, applicants to all nursing and healthcare programs except for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing and RN-BSN/MSN programs, single courses, or digital credentials must submit a résumé, curriculum vitae, or list of professional accomplishments.

Applicants with a cumulative grade point average less than the minimum requirements above; must provide:

  • One letter of recommendation required, two suggested.
  • Resume, curriculum vitae, or list of professional accomplishments.
  • Submit a personal 300-word statement discussing in separate paragraphs how each of the three items below apply to the applicant and their potential career in the medical field:
    • Why this program is a good fit for the applicant’s interests and academic goals.
    • The applicant’s plans for balancing work, school, and life include information like using a calendar/schedule carving out specific time, etc., or other strategies the applicant will use to manage their life’s activities.
    • The applicant’s future career goals and how the program will help you achieve these goals.
  • Permission from the Dean or Dean’s designee.

Applicants Educated Outside the United States

Please note that applicants educated outside the United States will need to provide an Academic Report from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member organization, Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc.(AICE) member organization, The Association for International Credential Evaluation Professionals (TAICEP) member organization, or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) certificate stating that the nursing education the applicant received meets the GPA requirements as noted in the table above and that the education is comparable to that obtained by a graduate of a United States nursing school. To receive transfer credits for courses from institutions outside the United States, the applicant must provide an approved NACES, AICE, TAICEP or CGFNS course-by-course academic evaluation report.  Submission of this report must be at the time of evaluation for consideration of the transfer credits.

Program Specific Requirements

Program Name Program Requirements by Specialization
Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Nursing No specific requirements.
Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing/Master of Science Nursing No specific requirements.
Master of Science Nursing – Non-Nurse Practitioner Specializations No specific requirements.
Master of Science Nursing/Master of Business Administration – Healthcare Dual Program No specific requirements.
Master of Science Nursing Nurse – Nurse Practitioner Specializations

Admission to the Master of Science Nursing – Nurse Practitioner Specialization requires a minimum of one year of full-time work experience in a nursing clinical role in the last three years. The applicant’s resume or curriculum vitae should reflect this work experience.

A student in one of the Nurse Practitioner Specializations must reside and hold an active unencumbered RN license in an approved Nurse Practitioner Specialization state. A student may only participate in clinical activities in approved Nurse Practitioner Specialization states in which they also hold active unencumbered licenses, see Practitioner Disclosure by State. Prior specialization approvals are a requirement to attend clinical activities in a state in which the student does not have a primary residence.

Applicants must complete or transfer in the 3P courses (N512, N521, and N522PE) and pass an APEA 3P exam before official acceptance into a Nurse Practitioner Specialization. To sit for the 3P Exam, applicants must achieve a 3.0 GPA in the 3P courses.  Students must maintain clinical compliance throughout the Master of Science Nursing – Nurse Practitioner Specialization program.  This includes all annual updates for ALL requirements.  Students cannot register for any Nurse Practitioner Specialization courses (other than 3P courses) or accrue clinical hours unless all components are up to date.

Consistent with applicable law, this includes:

  • Residential History and Criminal Background Check
  • 10-Panel Urine Drug Screening
  • Clinical Requirements:
    • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
    • Influenza (flu)
    • Varicella (chicken Pox)
    • Physical Examination
    • Hepatitis B
    • Tuberculosis (TB)
    • RN license (unencumbered)
    • Tetanus & Diphtheria (Td)
    • HIPAA Certification
    • CPR
    • OSHA Certification
    • Health Insurance

Students cannot continue or enroll in the Nurse Practitioner Specializations, with two failed scores on the 3P Exam or a failing grade for the N523 course regardless of repeat 3P Exam score. Failure to achieve the minimum benchmark score or successful completion of N523 will result in an academic withdrawal from the Nurse Practitioner Specializations.

Master of Business Administration – Healthcare RN license is not a requirement.
Infection Prevention and Control Certificate RN license is not a requirement.
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Students must secure availability and access/permission to an acceptable location/site to fulfill the program’s practice experience and DNP project requirements of the program. Unemployed applicants must verify access to a suitable work environment (a healthcare facility) to complete classroom assignments.

Informatics Specialization requires a minimum one-year full-time work experience in an informatics nursing role during the last 5 years. This experience should include integrating nursing science with various information systems and analytical decision support processes to manage, coordinate and communicate data in nursing practice. Technological experience with one process is not sufficient to meet the Informatics Specialization requirement.   

Students must complete 400 hours of post-baccalaureate practice hours and 600 practice hours to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Proof of completion of the 400 post-baccalaureate hours is a requirement before registration into N740E.  Applicants receiving a place in a Practicum Workroom supports their completion of the required 400 practice hours.  Additional fees apply to completion of these practice hours.

 

Early Admission to the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Nursing Program (RN to BSN) or Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing/Master of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN/MSN)

Early admission to the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Nursing Program (RN to BSN) or Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing/Master of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN/MSN) is for applicants currently enrolled in an associate degree and diploma nursing programs seeking to begin the program before passing the NCLEX-RN® Exam and within six months of anticipated graduation date.  The following are the requirements for admission into the early admission program:

  • Enroll within six months of an anticipated graduation date from an associate degree or diploma in nursing program and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Submit an unofficial transcript reflecting a 2.0 GPA in the current associate degree program.
  • Have not yet taken the NCLEX-RN® Exam.
  • Submit a professional statement including plans to take the NCLEX-RN®  Exam and plan for success in the RN to BSN program.

With the Dean’s or their designee’s approval, applicants will receive admittance to an Early Admissions Bachelor of Science Nursing Non-Degree Seeking enrollment. Students admitted under this policy may take only one course at a time and may earn a maximum of six credits (BSN405 and BSN410). After completing the non-degree seeking enrollment, students must apply for the RN to Bachelor of Science Nursing program after completing an associate of science nursing or diploma nursing program and passing the NCLEX-RN® Exam.  Students who fail to meet the associate degree or diploma and NCLEX requirements are not eligible to continue into the RN to Bachelor of Science Nursing program.

Additional Doctoral Program Considerations

If the master’s degree requirement for admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is in a discipline other than nursing, the applicant receives consideration for entrance into program in the Executive Leadership or Informatics Leadership Specializations only using one of two options that appear below.  Both options require completion of 400 hours of post-baccalaureate practice hours in addition to the 600 practice hours required to complete the DNP degree.

Option A – Students earn an MSN degree upon completion of all MSN requirements.

The applicant’s graduate degree transcripts will receive an evaluation to determine any deficiencies against the MSN program.  Any deficiencies will result in the creation of a degree plan that includes courses required for the MSN program that did not receive transfer credit. Examples of these courses include:

  • N512 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • N515PE Research Design (3 credits)
  • N521 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • N522PE Advanced Physical Assessment (3 credits)

In addition to the courses above, students must complete 400 practice hours.

Upon successful completion of 36 credit hours (minimum 18 credits in residence and 18 additional graduate-level transfer credits) students receive a MSN and admittance into the DNP program.

Students in this option have successfully completed 1000 post-baccalaureate practice hours when they receive their DNP degree.

Option B – Students do not earn an MSN degree upon completion of all DNP program Executive Leadership or Informatics Specialization requirements.

Applicants must complete a three-course bridge program and 400 practice hours:

  • N501PE MSN Role Development (3 credits)
  • N505PE Theoretical Foundations (3 credits)
  • N515PE Research Design (3 credits)

Applicants must complete the bridge courses and the 400 practice hours before registering for N740PE DNP Project I. Students enter a Practicum Workroom, which supports their completion of the required 400 practice hours. Additional fees apply to completion of these practicum hours.

Upon completion of the bridge courses and all requirements of the DNP program, students receive a DNP degree. Students in this option have successfully completed 1000 post-baccalaureate practice hours before they receive their DNP degree.

 

 Undergraduate Certificate Programs Admissions Requirements

Applicants to an undergraduate certificate program must meet and maintain the same admissions criteria appropriate to the program of study that grants the certificate.

Graduate Certificate Programs Admissions Requirements

Applicants to a graduate certificate program must meet and maintain the same admissions criteria appropriate to the program of study that grants the certificate with the exception to the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Certificate. IPC Certificate applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a health care-related field (public health, nursing, dietetics, microbiology etc.) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), as shown on the applicant’s college transcript. IPC Certificate students must meet all other admission requirements stated in the Master of Science Nursing admissions requirements except for the degree requirements and the RN License requirement.  The Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling requires students to have already earned 21 graduate credits.

Applicants may not transfer any credits into a certificate program.

Applicants applying to any of the counseling programs, the TELL certificate, or Texas students applying to the Master of Science in Accounting must speak to a Credentialing Specialist and sign a disclaimer.

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