RN (including BSN) to MS Nursing Application: Nursing and Overall GPA Calculation

An important consideration in the application evaluation process is your grade point average (GPA) in nursing courses as well as your undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) GPAs. Your careful completion of this section is very important. Failure to do so will significantly impede the processing of your application. If it is not completed you will be required to re-submit it. You should request an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in order to complete the GPA calculations. Refer to the Grading Scale table located in the application and on the SNHS website under the Apply section for the graduate Nursing program.

Please note that courses should be reported in semester hours. If your courses were taken in a quarter hour system, it is assumed that the conversion factor is .75, i.e., one quarter hour equals .75 of a semester hour. Three quarters may be required to meet the two semester requirement, usually six credits. The number of required quarter terms may depend on the course content and length. For example, a course worth 4 quarter hours equals 3 semester hours (4 x .75 = 3). Courses that are accelerated or offered online may not meet the prerequisite requirement. Semester courses are typically a minimum of 42 hours of class time. Some institutions use a unit system where one unit equals 4 semester hours. Institutions also vary in the number of quality points awarded per grade so check your transcript. If a course is outstanding (i.e., will not be completed by the application deadline), write the date of expected completion in the semester/year column.

If you have any trouble completing this form, please contact us at 617-521-2605 or snhs@simmons.edu for assistance. Your application cannot be considered until this form is completed and submitted.

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ILLUSTRATION OF NURSING GPA CALCULATION FOR ALL RN-MS (INCLUDING BSN) APPLICANTS

Include all repeated and failed courses in the GPA. Pass/fail or audit courses, AP (Advanced Placement), IB or CLEP scores are not acceptable in place of grades. Do not include science courses in the nursing GPA.

Total quality points are obtained by multiplying the number of credits by the quality point per grade. The GPA is obtained by dividing the sum of total quality points by the sum of total credits.


ILLUSTRATION OF OVERALL GPA CALCULATIONS FOR ALL RN-MS (INCLUDING BSN) APPLICANTS

List undergraduate institutions attended (whether or not a degree or certificate was earned or if courses are not relevant to nursing). Refer to an unofficial copy of your transcript for the needed information. Do not add individual institution GPAs and divide by the number of institutions. Please follow the sample below.



RECOMMENDED COURSES FOR ALL RN-MS (INCLUDING BSN) APPLICANTS

A statistics course must be completed before taking our research methods course and within 5 years prior to the application deadline at a regionally accredited U.S. institution. Completion of a statistics course is not an admission requirement. However, please indicate below if you have taken this course within 5 years prior to the application deadline. Also, for RN-MS applicants, an undergraduate course in health assessment must either have been completed within 5 years prior to the application deadline at a regionally accredited U.S. institution or be completed before beginning the primary care sequence at Simmons, if admitted. Completion of health assessment is not an admission requirement. However, please indicate below if you have taken this course within 5 years prior to the application deadline and indicate the population included (adult or pediatrics or both). Faculty may suggest additional preparation depending on the content of the health assessment course. Indicate below if you have completed these courses. No pass/fail, audit courses, AP (Advanced Placement), IB or CLEP scores are acceptable in place of grades. *Include repeated or failed courses whether they were completed at one or more institutions. Click on "REPEAT" to add another row to include additional information if the recommended course was taken more than once.



NURSING GPA CALCULATION FOR ALL RN-MS (INCLUDING BSN) APPLICANTS

Include only courses designated as nursing, not science courses that were required for your nursing degree. Include all repeated or failed courses (even if the course title was different at another institution) in the GPA calculation.



OVERALL UNDERGRADUATE GPA FOR ALL RN-MS (INCLUDING BSN) APPLICANTS

List every post-secondary institution attended whether or not a degree or certificate was earned or whether or not courses are relevant to Nursing.



OVERALL GRADUATE GPA FOR ALL RN-MS (INCLUDING BSN) APPLICANTS

List all graduate institutions attended whether or not a degree or certificate was earned or whether or not courses are relevant to Nursing.