Admission and Progression Requirements

Admission Requirements - complete part I and part II below

NOTICE: Nursing graduate students may enroll in a total of 3 credit hours (one semester) of graduate level nursing courses while finalizing admission to the Graduate School for the Master of Science in Nursing Program. Failure to finalize admission during this semester will result in a hold for future enrollments until admission is completed.

Individuals who are seeking the post Master's certification must notify the Nursing Department Chairperson upon enrollment in the first course towards the certification.

Part I. University Graduate School Requirements

  1. Make application to the University Graduate School (Picken Hall-202). This application is online at
  2. Provide the Graduate School with an official transcript of all college credit earned prior to admission. Official transcripts must be sent from the college/university Registrar directly to the FHSU Graduate School.
  3. Provide scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), which can be taken at numerous other colleges/universities. Testing sites in Kansas are listed below. (The MAT is not required for post-master's applicants.)
    Benedictine College Atchison 913-360-7323
    Emporia State University Emporia 620-341-5103
    ESU @ Olathe Public Schools Emporia 913-780-8163
    Fort Hays State University Hays 785-628-4401
    Kansas State University Manhattan 785-532-6492
    Pittsburg State University Pittsburg 620-235-4267
    University of Kansas Lawrence 785-864-2768
    Wichita State University  Wichita    316-978-3440
    For other states or an updated list of all MAT test sites in the United States, please visit:


  4. Obtain two recommendations from employers, former teachers or colleagues. Recommendations must be on the forms provided by the Graduate School online, or can be letters of recommendation on a letterhead paper.
  5. Provide a printed statement about your professional and personal goals on the form included in the online admission packet from the University Graduate School.

Part II. Department of Nursing-Graduate Nursing Program Requirements*

Complete the Graduate Nursing Program Application form that addresses the following requirements:

  1. Complete a baccalaureate degree with an upper division major in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized nursing accrediting authority (CCNE or NLNAC).
  2. Demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the baccalaureate nursing degree.
  3. Hold current RN license to practice professional nursing in the United States.
    a.   DNP must hold current valid RN license to practice professional nursing in Kansas.
  4. Complete an undergraduate course in Health Assessment, Pathophysiology and Statistics (3 credit hour course each)  with a grade of "B" or better.
  5. Demonstrate aptitude and attitude for advanced professional nursing studies.
  6. Complete a minimum of 2000 RN practice hours before initiation of any track courses. 


*call 785-628-4256 if you have questions about part II.

International Students

    Refer to the Information for International Students: MSN Program sheet for details about the admission process. If you need a copy of the information sheet please call the Graduate Nursing Program office (785-628-4327) to request one.

Transfer and Validation

The University has a policy on advance standing credit (see University Catalog) and transfer of graduate credit (University Catalog). Graduate students may transfer graduate credit from other universities on an individual basis, in compliance with policies in the University Catalog. Course description and syllabi are reviewed and approved for transfer by the Graduate Nursing Committee, with input from the faculty member responsible for the corresponding course on the FHSU campus.

Graduate students may apply to transfer up to six graduate credits from other universities. Course description and syllabi are reviewed and approved for transfer by the Graduate Nursing Committee. Any course being requested for transfer credit must be submitted to the advisor within six weeks of the admission date. Courses not submitted within the six week timeframe will not be accepted. Courses in Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment must be taken at FHSU. Courses from the FNP consortium may transfer as determined on an individual basis. 

Matriculation Requirements

Prior to enrollment and throughout clinical courses, the student must provide evidence (copies) of the following items:

  1. Have a current RN License in good standing to practice professional nursing in the United States.
  2. Provide documentation of current and *annual possession of:
             a.       Background check by the FHSU approved agency, updated if requested. 
             b.       Hepatitis Vaccination Series. If a student does not obtain the 
    hepatitis vaccination he/she must sign a waiver form releasing Fort Hays State  
                       University from any  claims or damages which may arise from the decision not 
                       to receive the Hepatitis B vaccine. A release form may be obtained by 
                       the Graduate Nursing Administrative Assistant. 
             c.        * Negative TB skin test or Chest X-ray. If positive, the student must follow
    protocols recommended by the Kansas State Department of Health and Environment  

             d.       *Other immunizations as required. 
             e.       *United States RN license in good standing.  

             f.        *Professional liability insurance coverage. 
             g.       *Personal health insurance coverage. 
             h.       *BLS Certification from American Heart Healthcare provider.     
  3. Students not accepted/admitted must reapply to the Department of Nursing to be considered again..

Progression Requirements

The following performance standards must be met in order to progress through and complete the Master's program.

  1. The student must achieve a cumulative "B" average (3.0) or above on all graduate courses taken toward the degree.
  2. A grade of "C" will be accepted for only two courses in the Master's degree, and only one course can be repeated one time to improve the grade.
  3. Audited courses or continuing education workshops are not accepted in the program for the Master's degree.
  4. If, at the end of any semester, the student's cumulative GPA in all graduate courses is below 3.0, the student will be given one semester to raise his/her cumulative GPA to 3.0 or better by taking courses listed on his/her degree plan or courses approved by his/her committee. If, after that semester, the student's cumulative GPA in all graduate courses is below 3.0, the student's performance will be reviewed by the Graduate Nursing Committee for possible dismissal from the program (see University Catalog).
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