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Admission Procedures
  • Submitting Your Application to the Nursing Accelerated Program

    Before submitting your application, please review the admission criteria carefully to make sure that you meet the requirements. Please send your completed application (PDF) and $25 application fee to:

    Capital University 
    Adult and Graduate Education 
    1 College and Main 
    Columbus, OH 43209 

    Your application portfolio must include

    • Completed application
    • A written essay that is 1 1/2 - 2 pages single spaced, 12-point font, and details your motivation to pursue a second degree in nursing, your professional goals, and your commitment to engage in a full-time professional study program
    • Three recommendation forms (PDF) that are each accompanied by a letter from a
      • Current employer/ supervisor
      • Current/ former teacher or professor

    PLEASE NOTE: All application materials must be submitted at the same time as a portfolio to be considered complete. This does not include transcripts, which can be mailed directly from the institution.

    Official transcripts

    • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (if the college/university from which the degree was earned is outside of the United States, you are required to obtain an equivalency evaluation from World Education Services,
    • You can have transcript(s) sent directly to Capital University or include them in your application portfolio

    Dates & Deadlines

    • Admissions materials must be received by the Adult and Graduate Education office by March 15
      • If graduation from a baccalaureate degree program is pending, final transcript must be received by the Adult and Graduate Education office by June 15th 
      • Proof of enrollment in final prerequisite courses must be included in your application portfolio and received by March 15 

    Next Steps After Applying

    • After the March 15 deadline, all application portfolios will be sent to the Department of Nursing for review
    • You will receive an email from the Adult and Graduate Education office indicating that your portfolio has been received and forwarded
    • Eligible candidates will be called and scheduled for a faculty interview during the month of April
    • For those accepted, a day-long orientation will be scheduled prior to the start of Fall semester

    Preparing for Admission

    Nursing is a practice profession, and as such, requires a level of accountability with regards to health and safety (e.g.immunizations) and safety of the public (e.g. criminal background checks). The Department of Nursing policies, health care agency policies, and state regulations all affect requirements for admitted nursing students and/or graduates. That said, we felt these items were worth mentioning prior to an admission decision.

    You may wish to begin a Hepatitis B series if you have not already had one. This immunization is given in three doses. The first dose is administered, then the second dose administered four weeks following the first dose; the third and final dose is administered five to six months following the first dose. You may contact your primary care physician or a city or county health department to receive the series. At a minimum, the first two injections must be completed prior to beginning the first clinical course (half-way through the fall term), and the series must be completed for progression to Spring semester.

    Please note that a criminal record check will be required. Hospitals and health care agencies require evidence of a satisfactory criminal record check as a condition for clinical practice by students. All nursing students will need to be fingerprinted through both the BCI and FBI prior to clinical experiences. A second background check is required by the Ohio Board of Nursing prior to taking the NCLEX-RN® licensure exam. You can find a webcheck location near you by visiting

    Be advised that a drug-urine screen will be required. This will be conducted by an independent contractor on-site at the Nursing Department prior to the first clinical experience.