Admissions Requirements for Nursing Programs

Nursing Program Admission Requirements

R.N. to B.S.N.

You must have completed an associate’s degree or diploma nursing program and hold a current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse; or be matriculated in an  

associate degree program and on track to graduate. No minimum grade point average or admissions test (SAT, ACT) is required for admission.  

  1. Complete the free online application at Once received, an admissions advisor will contact you regarding acceptance and class registration.
  2. Request transcripts from your previous college or diploma program. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the address below. 

Admissions & Enrollment Office 

Franklin Pierce University 
670 North Commercial Street 
Center Tower, Third Floor 
Manchester, NH 03101



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application requirements

  • Completed graduate admission application
  • Professional résumé
  • A statement of professional goals including reasons for pursuing graduate study
  • All official transcripts from colleges or universities previously attended
  • Unencumbered current license to practice as a registered nurse issued by New Hampshire of another jurisdiction 


  • Completed associate degree, baccalaureate degree, or diploma from an accredited program in nursing
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.8 or  higher on a 4.0 scale (Track I and II applicants only)
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a “C” or higher (Track I and II applicants only)


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Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN)

application requirements

Complete an admissions portfolio which consists of: 

  • Online application at
  • Official transcripts from previously attended colleges and universities
  • Updated resume
  • Outline of professional aspirations and how this MEPN will help you achieve them (250-500 words)
  • Essay: Answer one of the four questions below. Tell us not only what you did but also how you did it. What was the outcome? What was the response? Only describe experiences that have occurred within the last three years (250-500 words).
    • A time when you made a lasting impact on your organization
    • A major setback you have faced
    • A time when you exceeded expectations



  • Prerequisite Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.0 or greater
  • Non-nursing bachelor-level (or higher) degree (must be completed before starting MEPN program).
  • ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) admission exam.
  • Behavioral Interview with nursing faculty. 

Prerequisite Courses: 

Students must complete the following courses with a letter grade of B or better prior to starting the MEPN program: 

  • General Chemistry — lecture with a laboratory component.
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II. (Must be taken in face to face format)
  • Microbiology
  • Statistics
  • Human/Lifespan Development
  • Nutrition 

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Master’s Entry Program in Nursing(MEPN)- direct admit program

application requirements

Requirements for high school applicants seeking admission to the MEPN Direct Admit Program include: 

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA), in academic courses only, of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (89/100)
  • Equivalent of four years of math with a final grade of B+ (87/100) or higher in each class
  • Equivalent of four years of science with a final grade of B+ (87/100) or higher
  • Demonstrated leadership through community and school activities; related healthcare experience is highly desirable. 



To successfully progress from undergraduate studies into the MEPN program, you must meet the following qualifications, which will be evaluated at the end of your junior year. 

  • Successfully complete the following courses with a letter grade of “B” or better:
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Chemistry I
  • Chemistry II
  • Microbiology
  • Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
  • Human Health and Nutrition
  • Statistics
  • Successfully complete basic life support certification for healthcare providers through the American Heart Association.
  • Provide proof of immunization: 
    • Seasonal Influenza - get your influenza vaccine every fall!
    • Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap)
    • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
    • Hepatitis B (this is a three-series vaccine and should be started as soon as possible)
    • Varicella

If you fail to meet progression standards, you will be encouraged to apply for entry during your senior year. Admission is competitive and is based on performance and space availability. 

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school of nursing

Dr. Paula McWilliam
Director, School of Nursing 
(603) 647-3540