RN to MSN Application Requirements

To evaluate your preparedness and potential for success in the Nursing@Simmons program, we need to understand your academic background, clinical experience, and personal strengths and interests.

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In order to be considered for admission to the Nursing@Simmons RN to MSN program, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have:

  • Current U.S Registered Nurse (RN) license in good standing
  • A diploma or certificate from a hospital-based program or an associate degree
  • Current résumé
  • One- to two-page personal statement
  • Transcript(s) of your academic record
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if your native language is not English. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences TOEFL code is 3761.


Your résumé should include:

  • Educational background including institutions, degree(s) awarded, degree(s) in progress, dates of degree(s) awarded, and/or anticipated date of receiving degree(s)
  • Relevant employment history, including:
    • Job title (including unit), job description, and relevant duties performed
    • Employment dates of each position
  • Community service or volunteer experience
  • Any awards, publications, presentations, and memberships
  • Evidence of leadership and career progression

Personal Statement

You must submit a one- to two-page essay discussing the following:

  • Your career goals
  • How your specific clinical experiences have prepared you for the Family Nurse Practitioner role
  • Why Nursing@Simmons is the best fit for you and how the program will assist you in reaching your professional and educational goals


Sealed, official academic transcripts must be received by mail from all postsecondary institutions you have attended, including community colleges, even if a degree was not obtained.

Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, please specify that your transcript(s) be sent to Application Services or select Simmons University – Nursing@Simmons if listed as an option through the vendor. This will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.

All coursework from non-U.S. institutions must be evaluated by World Education Services, International Education Research Foundation, Education Credential Evaluation, or AACRAO International Education Services. Please allot additional time in the application process to have your transcripts evaluated by these organizations.

Please have official transcripts and other official application materials mailed to:

Application Processing Services
Nursing@Simmons Admissions
7900 Harkins Road, Suite 501
Lanham, MD 20706

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required, and all must be written within one year of the date of submission. Letters must be submitted by:

  1. A current clinical supervisor or nurse manager who has direct knowledge of your skills in the clinical setting and how those skills will translate into the Family Nurse Practitioner role.
  2. A professor, faculty member, or academic advisor who can provide a meaningful assessment of your academic record. If you have been out of school for five years or more, a nurse educator or clinical instructor can provide the academic recommendation.
  3. A practicing clinical nursing professional, or APRN, who has served as a mentor and can address your abilities as a nurse and your potential to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. 

NOTE: Nursing@Simmons is in the process of receiving approval from some states. An Admissions Counselor can help you determine the program’s status in your state.

To speak with an Admissions Counselor, call 1-855-461-7466, or request more information below.