Senior Year Direct Entry

Begin a Career as a Nurse During Your Senior Year of College

The Senior Year Direct Entry Option, allows college juniors who are interested in a career in nursing to enter into the MN Program during their senior year. Upon completion of the first year of the Program, students earn a Bachelor’s Degree from their home college, while simultaneously completing the first year of the two-year Master of Nursing Program. Upon successful completion of the second year of the program, students receive a Master of Nursing degree and are prepared to sit for the Registered Nurse licensure exam.

Senior Year Direct Entry Option

  • Students currently enrolled in a four-year baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university may apply to the Master of Nursing Program during their junior year.
  • Prior to application, SYPS applicants must obtain permission from their undergraduate studies dean/advisor with a plan to complete their undergraduate degree within one year of starting the MN program.
  • Following application and acceptance, students enter the Master of Nursing Program as a senior in college.
  • Upon completion of the first year of the MN Program, students earn a BA or BS from the liberal arts college while simultaneously completing the first year of the two year Master of Nursing Program. 
  • At completion, students earn a Master of Nursing degree and are eligible to take the Registered Nurse licensure exam. 

Although not limited to these universities, View a List of Colleges & Universities where students have enrolled in the MN program at the start of their senior year.

Senior Year Direct Entry Option Pathways 

Case Western Reserve University Students

CWRU students may apply to the MN Program through the undergraduate dean of their respective schools at the beginning of their junior year. CWRU students must be enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) major to be eligible.

Undergraduate Students at Case Western Reserve University obtain permission from the Dean of Undergraduate Studies prior to applying to the Master of Nursing program and must have completed the following:

  • The Case Western Reserve University Core Curriculum and two semesters of physical education, unless excused from the latter.
  • Three quarters of the major and minor concentration requirements
  • At least 90 semester hours of academic credit, with the final 60 hours completed at CWRU, and not more than a total of 6 semester hours earned at another institution, either by cross-registration or by approved transfer of credit.
  • For more information, contact the CWRU Office of Undergraduate Studies

General Admission Requirements 

Application review begins in the fall semester one year prior. Prospective students must have at least two prerequisite science courses completed before admission review; Anatomy & Physiology I with lab, Anatomy & Physiology II with at least 6 credits, Microbiology with lab, or Chemistry. Admitted applicants must complete all prerequisite courses with a B- or higher grade before the admitted semester. Prerequisites must be taken within 5 years prior to enrollment.

  • BA, BS or BFA with acceptable overall undergraduate GPAs (3.0 cumulative; 2.75 natural science; 2.75 behavioral sciences).
  • Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan: at least 3 credits
  • Human Anatomy and Human Physiology (including a lab): Total of at least 6 credits
  • Microbiology: One course, minimum of 3-4 credits with lab
  • Statistics: One course in basic statistics, 3 credits
  • Chemistry: One course; minimum of 4 credits may be required for a non-science undergraduate major.
  • Prerequisite courses must be taken at an accredited college or university.

International applicants can apply to the MN program once they have completed a non-nursing bachelor's degree.

Application Information

Application information is available on our MN Program Application Instructions.

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