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Post-MSN Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program Requirements

To be considered for admission to the American Sentinel University Post-MSN Nurse Practitioner Certificate program, the following must be submitted:

  • A completed application.
  • One professional Letter of Recommendation on organizational letterhead from a graduate-prepared nurse or faculty who can attest to the candidate’s potential for advanced practice studies.
  • A resume, curriculum vitae or list of professional accomplishments.
  • Detailed essay on each of the items below (approximately 3-4 paragraphs)
    • Professional and academic background, skills, and accomplishments
    • Why this program is a good fit for your interests and academic goals
    • Future career goals
  • Students in the Nurse Practitioner programs must complete a Castlebranch background check before beginning their first course.

Applicants educated within the United States, Canada* and US Territories who hold a U.S. RN License must submit the following:

  • A copy of your active and unencumbered U.S. RN license from one of the states where our Post-MSN Nurse Practitioner certificate program is offered.
  • Official transcripts** from each post-secondary institution attended. The institution(s) must send the transcripts directly to American Sentinel University. Your nursing education must be from a master’s of science nursing degree program with a minimum 3.0 GPA earned on a 4.0 scale and accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the U.S. Department of Education.

Applicants educated outside of the United States who hold a U.S. RN license must submit the following:

  • A copy of your active and unencumbered U.S. RN license from one of the states where our Post-MSN Nurse Practitioner certificate program is offered.
  • An Academic Report from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member organization, Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) member organization, or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) certificate stating that the nursing education you received is comparable to that obtained by a graduate of a U.S. Master of Science nursing program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale.
  • To receive transfer credits for courses from institutions outside the United States, your NACES, AICE 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 awarded. An official copy of the report or an official copy of the transcripts will be required.

* Canadian schools which have transcripts issued in French are considered FOREIGN and applicants must provide an Academic Report from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member organization, Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) member organization, or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) certificate stating that the nursing education you received is comparable to that obtained by a graduate of a U.S. nursing school.

** Unofficial copies of transcripts may be submitted for purposes of evaluation and acceptance. However official copies must be received by our Registrar’s Office no later than the end of your first 8 week term. Failure to do so will result in you not being able to begin future courses.

Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not earned an undergraduate degree from an institution at which all courses were taught in English will need to provide one of the following:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 (written version) or 80 (iBT version).
  • An International English Language Test (IELTS) score of at least 5.0 for undergraduates and 6.5 for graduates, or verification of certification in an English proficiency program.

To receive credits for courses or degrees from institutions outside the U.S., Canada or U.S. territories, you must have your academic transcripts evaluated and certified by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services member organization, which will assess a fee. Be sure to request that the certifying organization’s report be sent directly to American Sentinel. Depending on the program, if you have earned a foreign degree you will need to request either a general or expanded report from the evaluator.


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