Graduate Degree Programs

Nursing Administration Leadership  
Family Nurse Practitioner

Course requirementsThe online Nursing Administration and Leadership track with practicum experience is for nurses who wish to increase their business and communication skills and relationship building in a health care environment.

The hybrid Family Nurse Practitioner track is for nurses who wish to become an advanced practice nurse (APN) who can treat health conditions with a focus on disease prevention and health management. Students wishing to earn a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) may apply to our dual admission program with University of St. Francis.

Submission of minimum acceptance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. While applications are accepted throughout the year, applicants are encouraged to apply early due to the competitiveness of acceptance.

Criteria for provisional acceptance

Consideration for provisional acceptance is based on the following requirements:

1. Completed application accompanied by a $60 nonrefundable application fee.

2. Submission of a legal document showing proof of name and Illinois residence at time of application (state-issued photo ID).

3. Submission of official transcripts from all regionally accredited college(s) attended showing:
     a. Cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 in upper division BSN courses.
     b. Good academic standing in the last institution attended.
     c. Proof of completion of bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited
         and State Board of Education approved college. Official transcripts must come from
         the granting institution directly to St. John’s College. Hand-carried transcripts are not acceptable.

4. Completion of a nursing baccalaureate degree within the last five years, or if BSN received more than five years ago, the applicant must have practiced as an RN within the last two years.

5. Active and unencumbered registered nurse license in the State of Illinois.

6. Two professional letters of reference.

7. Personal essay (approximately 250 words describing professional career aspirations in advanced practice nursing).

8. Professional resume

9. Ability to use computer technologies including accessing, retrieving, receiving and communicating information. All applicants with English as a second language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score of 560 on the paper version, 220 on the computer-based version or 83 on the internet-based (iBT) version.

Criteria for final acceptance

To receive final acceptance and permission to enroll in classes, the student must achieve and maintain all provisional acceptance requirements required by St. John’s College and:

1. Submit official transcripts showing proof of completion of a graduate statistics course within the last five years and a grade of B or higher.

2. Completion of a pre-entrance health examination with current immunization records and no disqualifying conditions.

3. Criminal background check with no disqualifying conditions.

4. Drug screening with no disqualifying conditions.

5. Current CPR certification.

6. Proof of medical insurance.

All persons provisionally accepted must meet the criteria for final admission before being enrolled in the college. 

Transfer of upper division credit

Students who wish to transfer credit for courses completed in other accredited masters programs must meet the general admission criteria and submit an official transcript and a college catalog.

Students seeking admission to the graduate program at St. John’s College must submit a statement indicating the reason they wish to transfer and provide copies of all nursing course syllabi.

Non-degree seeking students

For those students who do not wish to pursue a degree, but want to audit or earn academic credit for a course, admission as a “non-degree seeking” student is an option if space is available. Once registered for the course, non-degree seeking students are subject to all college policies.