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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 showing proof of residence that matches address provided on application showing residence in an approved state.
  • A copy of the applicant’s active and unencumbered U.S. RN license.
    • If the applicant does not hold a U.S. RN license, a Validation of Licensure Report is required that shows evidence that the applicant is legally authorized to practice as a professional nurse in the geographical area in which he/she works. CGFNS is an agency that can provide documentation acceptable to American Sentinel College of Health Science.
  • Official transcripts* from each post-secondary institution attended. Your nursing education must be from a state board of nursing approved school of nursing, hospital school of nursing, or an associate, bachelors, or master’s degree nursing program accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the U.S. Department of Education The institution(s) must send the transcripts directly to American Sentinel College of Health Science.
    • * Unofficial copies may be submitted for the purposes of evaluation and acceptance but must contain proof of minimum degree conferral and minimum GPA. If the unofficial transcript does not have completion or conferral status, the applicant must also provide a copy of their diploma. Official copies of transcripts with degree conferral date and minimum GPA must be received by the Registrar’s Office by the end of the first 8-week term. If the applicant fails to submit such official documents on time, he or she will be disallowed from starting future courses until the official transcripts are received, and subsequently be withdrawn for failing to provide them.
  • The GPA requirements for each program of study are listed below:
Prospective Program GPA Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Prelicensure program with a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Master of Science in Nursing or Master of Science in Nursing/MBA-Healthcare Bridge BSN degree program with a minimum 3.0 GPA earned on a 4.0 scale.
MBA-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 MSN degree program (if no MSN, additional transcripts from BSN**) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

*Please note that applicants educated outside the U.S. 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 you 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 U.S. nursing school. To receive transfer credits for courses from institutions outside the United States, your NACES, AICE, TAICEP or CGFNS evaluation will need an approved course-by-course academic report. This report must be submitted at the time of evaluation in order for the transfer credits to be considered.

In addition to the items above, applicants to all nursing and healthcare programs with the exception of the RN to BSN program must submit the following:

  • A résumé, curriculum vitae or list of professional accomplishments.
  • Detailed personal statement discussing each of the items below (approximately 3-4 paragraphs or 300 words)
    • Your professional background and accomplishments
    • Why this program is a good fit for your interests and academic goals
    • Your plans for balancing work, school, and life
    • Your future career goals and how the program will help you achieve these goals

Program Specific Requirements

Program Name Program Specific Requirements
Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) No resume or personal statement required
Master of Science in Nursing No specific requirements
Master of Science in Nurse – Nurse Practitioner Specializations

Admission to the Nurse Practitioner specializations 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 should reflect this work experience.

NP students are required to maintain residency and hold an active unencumbered RN license in an approved NP program state. The state listed on the student’s driver’s license provided in the application and RN license should match. The student may only participate in clinical activities in an approved NP state in which they also hold an active unencumbered license. Prior program approval is required to attend clinical activities in a state in which the student does not have a primary residence.

Applicants complete or transfer in the 3P courses (N512, N521, and N522PE) and pass an APEA 3P exam before being officially accepted into the NP program. To sit for the 3P Exam, applicants must achieve a 3.0 GPA in the 3 P courses and achieve a compliant CastleBranch account which includes background check, drug screening, and all clinical requirements:

CastleBranch compliance must be maintained throughout the NP program. This includes annual updates for ALL requirements. Students are not permitted to register for any NP course (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 will not be eligible to continue or enroll in the NP program, with two failed scores on the 3P exam or a failing grade for the N523 course (regardless of repeat 3P exam score). Students who fail to achieve the minimum benchmark score or successful completion of N523 will be academically withdrawn from the NP program.

Master of Business Administration in Healthcare RN license is not needed
Doctor of Nursing Practice

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

Informatics specialization requires a minimum one-year full-time work experience in an informatics nursing leadership role during the last 5 years (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 enough for the informatics requirement)

Early Admission to the RN to Bachelor of Science Nursing Program (RN to BSN)

Early admission is for graduates of Associate Degree Nursing (ASN/ADN or diploma) programs to begin the RN to BSN program prior to passing the NCLEX-RN.

Program requirements:

  • Enroll within four months of graduation with an ASN/ADN or Nursing Diploma
  • Have not yet taken the NCLEX-RN®
  • Letters of recommendation from director or dean of ASN/ADN program verifying aptitude to be successful on the NCLEX-RN® exam and in the RN to BSN program
  • Meet all other requirements for admission to the RN to BSN program with exception of an active and unencumbered U.S. RN license.

If approved by the Dean, Nursing and Healthcare Programs or their designee, applicants are conditionally admitted to the RN to Bachelor of Science Nursing program. Students admitted under this policy may take only one course at a time and may earn a maximum of six credits (BSN405 and BSN410) before they must provide evidence of having earned their registered nurse (RN) licenses. Students must submit proof of their active and unrestricted RN license by the end of their second term/course. A registration hold will be placed on all students admitted under this policy that prevents them for registering for additional courses until the license requirements has been met. Students who fail to provide this information will not be allowed to continue in the program until this requirement is met. Students who fail the NCLEX-RN® exam the first time they take it will not be allowed to enroll in any additional courses until the licensure requirement is met. Early Admission is not available for the RN to BSN Powered by SIMPath® program. Early admission candidates will not be refunded for courses taken if they do not pass their NCLEX-RN.

Additional Doctoral Program Considerations:

If the master’s degree is in a discipline other than nursing, applicant may be considered for entrance into the DNP executive leadership or the DNP informatics leadership specialization using one of two options, both of which 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.

Applicant’s graduate degree transcripts are evaluated for deficiencies against American Sentinel’s current CCNE- accredited MSN program. A degree plan is created for the applicant that includes courses required for American Sentinel’s MSN program that have not received 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 are required to complete 400 practice hours.

Upon successful completion of 36 credit hours and 400 practice hours (minimum 18 credits in residence and 18 additional graduate-level transfer credits) students will be awarded an MSN and will be admitted to the DNP program.

Upon completion of the graduation requirements students will be awarded a DNP degree.

Students in this option will have successfully completed 1000 post-baccalaureate practice hours when they are awarded the 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 Advanced Practice Role Development
  • N505PE Theoretical Foundations
  • N515PE Research Design

Applicants are required to complete the bridge courses and the 400 practice hours before they can register for N740PE DNP Project I. Students will be placed in a Practicum Workroom which supports applicants’ completion of the required 400 practice hours. Additional fees apply to completion of these practice hours.

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

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 2.0 (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 in Nursing requirements with the exception of the degree requirements and the RN License requirement.

Applicants may not transfer any credits into a certificate program.


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