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Application Process

Graduate Application Process

You've already changed many lives. We believe you can change many more - starting with your own.


How do you know you can apply?

For consideration in this program, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in nursing from a college or university accredited by a nursing accreditation agency approved by the Department of Education. You must hold a current, unencumbered registered nurse license or be eligible for RN licensure in the state of Wisconsin or multi-state compact.


Is there a way to help finance your future?

Graduate students are eligible to apply for loans. To qualify for a federal loan, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applications can be found at (use Alverno's federal code 003832). We encourage all students to complete the FAFSA even if you do not anticipate the need for financial aid at this time. If your situation changes, your information will already be on file.


What about my busy schedule?

You will work closely with your advisor to develop a course projection plan that fits with your lifestyle.


Application Steps:

  1. Apply online at
  2. Submit the following materials (in any order)
    • two recommendations (forms can be found at
      At least one recommendation must come from professionals who have played a supervisory role in your nursing development (i.e. manager, supervisor, physician, advanced practice nurse, clinical nurse specialist or faculty).
    • official transcripts (verifying baccalaureate or advanced degree)
    • portfolio (requirements can be found at
    • personal statement
      Submit a two-page, double-spaced essay describing why you want to pursue an advanced practice nursing degree in the particular track you’ve chosen, and share your goals for using your degree after graduation. Please use APA (American Psychological Association) format in your statement.
    • current resume
    • copy of unencumbered nursing license
    • copy of current CPR certification
    • completed health data form
    • proof of health insurance (or signed waiver)
  3. Application will be reviewed on the following dates for admission.
    • Final Application for Fall 2016 is May 2, 2016

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