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Thank you for your interest in applying to the College of Nursing at Kent State University. You will find requirements and instructions on how to apply to the College of Nursing below.

Undergraduate Programs

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Our ADN program is available at select Kent State campuses. Prospective students should apply to one of the campuses which offer the program, then meet with the director of nursing at that campus to discuss any additional application details.

How Do I Apply to the ADN Program?

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The BSN program prepares students to become professional nurses. Students generally enter this program as pre-nursing majors until they have successfully completed core science and mathematics courses. You are encouraged to apply to the BSN program, which is called the “traditional nursing sequence” when those requirements are met (usually during your sophomore year).

How Do I Apply to the BSN Program?

Accelerated/Second Degree BSN

The Accelerated/Second Degree BSN sequence is for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a different field and are now interested in earning a BSN degree for a career in nursing. Learn more about the Accelerated BSN requirements, application process and upcoming deadlines below.

How Do I Apply to the Accelerated/Second Degree BSN Sequence?


Our BSN for Registered Nurses concentration is for RNs who would like to become bachelor-prepared nurses. This program is flexible enough to fit your busy schedule. With offerings including 100% online, partially online (hybrid), or 100% in-person, you can complete your BSN the way that’s most convenient for you.

How Do I Apply to the RN-to-BSN Concentration?

Graduate Programs

Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Our Master’s Degree in Nursing prepares nurses for advanced clinical roles while making them eligible for national certification as clinical nurse specialists (CNS), nurse practitioners (NP) or to serve in nurse educator, health care management or leadership roles.

Learn more about the MSN admission requirements and application deadlines below.

How Do I Apply to the MSN Program?

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP program prepares students for their roles as advanced practice nurses, and is offered as both a post-BSN track and a post-MSN track. Prospective students are required to submit an essay describing their career leadership goals and plans for their DNP scholarly study project. The AACN recommends that all entry-level advanced practice educational programs be transitioned from the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree to the DNP degree by the year 2015. Kent’s 8 advanced practice MSN concentrations will transition to the DNP by that time.

How Do I Apply to the DNP Program?

Ph.D. in Nursing

The Ph.D. in Nursing program is jointly administered by Kent State University and The University of Akron. You may choose which university will grant your degree and your diploma will be issued from your university of record. The curriculum consists of five components: (1) nursing knowledge, (2) research methods and statistics, (3) cognates, (4) health care and nursing policy and leadership, and (5) the dissertation. Learn more about the admission requirements and application deadlines for the Ph.D. in Nursing program below.

How Do I Apply to the Ph.D. in Nursing Program?

For questions regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Student Services at 330-672-7930.