Our degree programs are highly selective and renowned for their challenging coursework, advanced technology and skills/simulation labs, and clinical learning experiences. Please select your course of study below to learn more.

First-Year and Transfer Students

Traditional undergraduate students and transfer students can take advantage of Elms College’s rolling admission policy, which never has a submission deadline. There is also no application fee for undergraduate applications.

First-Year Students

  • Fill out the Common Application or the Elms Application.
  • Submit your official high school transcript or GED/HiSet scores.
  • Submit your optional application items, such as your essay, letters of recommendation, or test scores (SAT I or ACT).
  • If you are a nursing applicant, you must submit your essay and two letters of recommendation.
  • If you’re applying for financial aid, complete the FAFSA.

Transfer Students

  • Fill out the Common Application or the Elms Application.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Submit proof of high school completion (official transcript or a copy/photo of your diploma or GED).
  • If you’re applying with less than 24 college credits, you must submit an official high school transcript or GED scores.
  • If you are a nursing applicant, you must submit an essay and two letters of recommendation. For additional requirements for Elms College Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing program, please click here.
  • If you’re applying for financial aid, complete the FAFSA.

Visit the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) admission requirements page for complete information.

Accelerated Second Degree

Due to its rapid pace, the Accelerated Second Degree program has an application deadline. Students intending to enroll in the fall 2021 program must submit their application by February 15, 2021.

Accelerated Second Degree Students

Visit the Accelerated Second Degree admission requirements page for complete information.

RN-BSN Degree Completion

RN-BSN applicants should communicate with the admissions contact for the location that interests them. Regardless of location, however, applications will require the following:

  • One letter of recommendation, preferably from an academic source and from the administrative supervisor in the most recent nursing position.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate programs and graduate level courses.
  • Current resume that includes prior education and work experience.
  • Goal statement for graduate study – a one-page essay discussing professional goals and reason for applying to the nursing program.

Visit the RN-BSN Degree Completion admission requirements page for complete information.

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing program has a rolling admission policy. Students are encouraged to submit their application at anytime, whether they are interested in an MSN degree or certificate.

  • Complete the MSN application.
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from an academic source and from the administrator or manager in the most recent nursing position.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate programs and graduate level courses.
  • Current resume that includes prior education and work experience.
  • Writing sample reflecting applicant’s graduate learning goals and reasons for applying to the program (maximum length 3 pages). MSN/MBA dual degree candidates are to include professional goals and the reasons for applying to the MBA program.

Visit the Master of Science in Nursing admission requirements page for complete information.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Applicants to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program must submit the following:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree or a Master of Science degree from a nationally accredited school of nursing.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Complete the DNP Application.
  • Submit your professional portfolio, which should include a curriculum vitae or resume of professional accomplishments.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended indicating completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing (for Post-Baccalaureate entry), or a master’s degree in nursing (for Post-Masters entry).
  • A copy of current Massachusetts licensure as a registered nurse without restrictions.
  • Three letters of reference pertaining to the candidate’s academic ability and clinical practice.
    • References included with the application packet are to be signed by the endorsers.
    • Two letters should address professional competency. One letter should be completed by a current or former supervisor who has had direct knowledge of applicant’s clinical practice in a practice setting. One letter should address the candidate’s personal character.
  • Statement of Purpose: (500-700 words in APA format): “My intent in applying to the Elms College Doctor of Nursing Practice program is…”
  • A telephone and or in-person interview may be required and will be determined on a case by case basis.

In addition to the requirements above, each DNP track has additional application requirments. Visit the application pages for each DNP track for complete application requirements: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), or Health Systems Innovation and Leadership (HSIL). You can also visit the post-graduate APRN certificate page to learn about our certificate programs.