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Application Requirements


The application cycle opens on August , 2017, for matriculation in May of 2018. Please visit NursingCAS to create your account and complete your application between August 23, 2017, and January 31, 2018. All application materials must be submitted to NursingCAS by January 31, 2018.


A baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing or an appropriate major must be completed prior to application. 

Minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate study is recommended.

Standardized Tests

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission consideration. Scores must be sent directly to Rosalind Franklin University at Institution Code 1117 from Education Testing Services.

There is no minimum GRE score requirement. Successful candidates typically rank above the 50th percentile in all three areas.

If you do not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, you will need an official score report from TOEFL. (This may be waived if you have been a full-time student at a U.S. college or university for at least two consecutive years, or if you are from a country in which English is a primary language.)

Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of three letters of recommendation. They should be written by at least three of the following types of people, who know you personally and can attest to your performance.

  • Professor or faculty member from your nursing education program
  • Your current immediate nursing work supervisor (i.e. the person responsible for your annual nursing employment performance review)
  • A CRNA with whom you have shadowed or who knows you well from a professional environment
  • A Physician whose patients you routinely take care of in your critical care nursing employment position.

Letters of recommendation must be submitted by the evaluator directly through NursingCAS.


Official transcripts from each college, university or community college previously attended must be submitted directly to NursingCAS.

Licensure and Certification

Current unencumbered licensure as a registered professional nurse in the United States, its territories or protectorates.

Current ACLS, PALS, and BLS certification.

Professional Experience

A minimum of one year’s work experience as an RN in a critical care environment is required. Two or more year’s work experience as an RN in a critical care environment is strongly recommended and improves competitiveness of the applicant.

Matriculation Requirements

Pass an RFUMS background check.

Meet the program's Technical Standards.