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.

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 Cappex Application.
  • Submit your essays, test scores (SAT I or ACT), and official high school transcript or GED/HiSet scores.
  • Submit two (2) letters of recommendation
  • If you’re applying for financial aid, complete the FAFSA.

Transfer Students

  • Fill out the Elms Application, Common Application, or paper application.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • If applying with less than 24 college credits, your high school transcripts or GED scores are required.
  • If you’re applying for financial aid, complete the FAFSA.

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

Due to its rapid pace, the Accelerated Second Degree program has an application deadline. Students intending to enroll in the fall 2019 program must submit their application by March 15, 2019.

Accelerated Second Degree Students

  • Fill out the Elms Application.
  • Submit two (2) letters of recommendation.
  • Include a personal statement describing why you are an excellent candidate and how the program will facilitate your career goals.

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

RN-BS 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-BS Degree Completion admission requirements page for complete information.

Students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing degree or certificate must submit their application materials by August 15. Applications received after the August deadline may be considered for the following academic year if seats are full.

  • Complete the Graduate Application. There is a one-time, non-refundable fee of $30.
  • 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.

Applicants to the Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner tracks in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program must submit their application materials by August 15.

  • Complete the DNP Application. There is a one-time, non-refundable fee of $30.
  • 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 sealed in envelopes and signed across the envelope seal 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…”

Applicants to the Health Systems Innovation and Leadership track must submit their application materials by August 15.

  • Complete the DNP Application. There is a one-time, non-refundable fee of $30.
  • Supply a curriculum vitae or resume of professional accomplishments.
  • Submit a copy of current licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which practice will occur.
  • Three letters of reference pertaining to the candidate’s academic ability, professional competency and personal character.
    • References included with the application packet are to be sealed in envelopes and signed across the envelope seal by the endorsers.
  • Personal Statement: Briefly describe your professional nursing practice and some of your successful, unexpected events that shaped your professional career goals relative to doctoral study.  Identify a potential healthcare issue in your practice that could be the basis of your DNP Capstone Project.  Frame your discussion by first reviewing The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and describe how the potential project affects healthcare quality and population health.

Applicants to our FNP or AGACNP certificate programs must submit their application materials by August 15 as well.

  • Complete the DNP Application. There is a one-time, non-refundable fee of $30.
  • Supply a curriculum vitae or resume of professional accomplishments.
  • A copy of current Massachusetts license as a registered nurse without restrictions or a current license in another state that the student resides.
  • Two letters of reference pertaining to the candidate’s academic ability and clinical practice.
    • References included with the application packet are to be sealed in envelopes and signed across the envelope seal by the endorsers.
    • Two letters should address professional competency.
  • Written responses to the following questions in a thoughtful and scholarly manner:
    • What are your career goals, and how do you see the post-master’s FNP certificate contributing to meeting them?
    • What are you most proud of, in terms of your professional accomplishments as an advanced practice nurse?

Visit the DNP pages for Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, or Health Systems Innovation and Leadership for complete admission requirements. You can also visit the FNP post-graduate certificate page and the AGACNP post-graduate certificate page.