Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Admissions Guidelines

The College of Nursing participates in Nursing’s Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). Find out how to apply.

We evaluate all applicants on the following:

  • A graduate degree in nursing that qualifies the applicant to sit for APRN certification.
  • All calculated GPAs of 3.0 or higher, on a 4.0 scale. Rush will receive GPA calculations from NursingCAS only after they have received all of your official transcripts.
  • Substantive answers to personal essay questions (included in Program Materials section of NursingCAS).
  • Three professional letters of recommendation. One letter must come from current supervisor/manager (the person who is responsible for your performance evaluation). Two letters should come from individuals in leadership positions who can speak to your clinical abilities (i.e. an APRN, CNS, nurse educator, medical director). One academic faculty member may be used if the coursework has been completed within the past two years. It is important that you choose recommenders who know you well and can evaluate your current or prospective clinical and leadership abilities, critical thinking, and potential for successfully completing graduate school. Recommendations from friends, relatives, or co-workers will not be accepted and will cause your application to be delayed or denied. 
  • Resume or CV that includes the following information:
    • Community service.
    • Educational, leadership and professional organization activities.
    • Scholarly activities, including publications, presentations, research, honors and awards.
    • Work experience.
  • Registered nurse licensure in the United States.
  • Personal interview(s) with faculty.
  • A minimum of two years of recent NICU experience (level 3 or higher) by the application deadline.

If you fail to submit accurate or all required information, we will remove your application from consideration for admission.

Enrollment Restrictions for Certain State Residents

Due to state restrictions, you cannot enroll in this program if you reside in one of these U.S. states.

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  • Upcoming Application Deadlines
    Spring 2024
    Application: Open
    Deadline: Rolling 
    Term Starts: January 2, 2024

    Summer 2024
    Application: Open
    Deadline: Rolling
    Term Starts: May 6, 2024
    Fall 2024
    Application: Open
    Deadline Rolling
    Term Starts: September 3, 2024
Admissions Contact
Elizabeth Miranda
Admissions Specialist
Attend an information session

Learn more about the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Certificate program at an online information session.