MSN Education Track

The Nursing Education track prepares professional nurses to function as beginning nurse educators. This may be in the area of staff development, health education, or preparation of nursing students. Selected teaching, clinical, and evidence-based practice experiences in various settings provide the student with the opportunity to function as a nurse educator. Practica must be completed in nursing education.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master’s program requires approval by the MSN Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee. Admission of applicants is based upon the following criteria:

  1. A complete and signed application at
  2. Submit a non-refundable application fee of $40 (unless a Bellarmine University alumna/e).
  3. BSN from a CCNE or ACEN accredited nursing program.
  4. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required
  5. Goal statement: The goal statement is your opportunity to tell us (as specifically as you can at this time) about your career plans after you finish your master’s degree. This statement provides us with a sample of your writing ability and helps faculty determine your fit with Bellarmine’s offered program.
  6. Three professional references. The strongest recommendations are from managers, directors, professors or others in a supervisory capacity. Recommendations from friends, other students, or coworkers are not appropriate.
  7. Resume describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences.
  8. Proof of active, unrestricted license to practice nursing in Kentucky and/or compact state.
  9. Final official transcript(s) from each college or university attended should be submitted directly from the previous institution(s) to the Office of Graduate Admission and not be marked “Issued to Student”.
  10. If any transcript(s) or undergraduate degree(s) is from an international institution, you must provide an official copy to be evaluated by the Bellarmine University International Programs Office. All transcripts and academic records will be credentialed and authenticated by the university. To expedite the admissions process, applicants are encouraged to submit their credentials for document authentication and a course by course evaluation to World Education Services at; AACRAO International Education Services at; ECE at https// or another NACES recognized service provider (see Please note, the fees for these services vary and reports must document that the credentials are authentic, indicate the U.S. equivalency for the credential (i.e., four year undergraduate degree or masters degree), and GPA. Credential transcripts and third party credential reports must be forwarded by mail to: Bellarmine University, Office of Graduate Admission, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205.

International Applicants

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission, please submit the following:

Language Proficiency. Language proficiency is required to ensure that students within the department of nursing are able to communicate with a diverse population. The department of nursing accepts one of the following as evidence of required language proficiency:

  • TOEFL-iBT (internet-based test) and receive a total score of 83 or higher AND a score of 26 or higher on the speaking test OR
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and receive a total band score of 7 or higher AND a speaking band score of 8 or higher OR
  • Language training at an approved center.  Bellarmine University recognized the following standards and centers: English Language Services level 112 (; Interlink Level 5 (; Intensive Language Program at Indiana University Level 6 (; and other centers may be approved at the discretion of the Admission, Progression and Graduation committee of the Department of Nursing.

International students who are exempt from language proficiency requirements are the following:

  • Students who are citizens of or have completed a degree from a TOEFL exempt country.
  • Students who have a secondary or high school diploma earned in TOEFL exempt countries.
  • International students who have completed at least one year of full time university study or its equivalent (i.e., a minimum of 24 earned credit hours or its equivalent and earned a 2.0 GPA) in a TOEFL exempt country.

Only official score reports will be accepted.

Financial Affidavit. All applicants must provide credible evidence (e.g. a bank statement, letter on bank stationary attesting to the availability of funds, etc.) of the ability to fund the cost of attending Bellarmine University for one academic year. If funds are provided by another person on behalf of the student, an affidavit must accompany the financial information.

Proof of Passport. Scan of passport ID page must show validity for 6 months post completion of the program.

Admission Deadlines

Education and Administration Tracks - We review applications to the Education and Administration tracks throughout the year. We suggest applying 2-3 months prior to the semester within which you would like to begin.