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Prospective students must have applied for admission to their program of study to be officially accepted for a specific starting date. The process includes the following steps:

  • Contact the university and make an appointment with an admissions representative for an initial consultation (except doctorate level programs).
  • Send a complete application packet with required documents to AUHS Admissions Department by the deadline. Only complete applications will be processed.
  • Complete scheduled formal interviews, by invitation only.
  • Complete Financial Aid meetings.
  • Respond to the Acceptance Letter.
  • Attend the New Student Orientation.


In order to be eligible for review, application must have:

  • Earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an appropriately accredited CCNE; CNEA, or AACN program.
  • Evidence of an unrestricted and unencumbered RN license in the State of California is mandatory prior to attending program clinical experiences for the FNP track.
  • Evidence of an unrestricted and unencumbered RN license in any state in the United States is required for tracks other than the FNP.
  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA on a four-point (4.0) scale.
  • A copy of professional certificates and/or license(s) indicated in your resume (if applicable).
  • A resume that itemizes the applicant’s volunteer experience in the related field, and/or any community services that demonstrate leadership and organizational skills.
  • A 500-word personal statement which explains the applicant’s professional goals in the target field and why the applicant will be an asset to AUHS and the community.
  • Three professional letters of reference pertaining to academic ability, professional competency, and personal character.
  • Submission of official transcripts (sealed) from all schools that the applicant has attended.
  • If applicable, applicants from countries where English is not the primary language and medium of instruction must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 560 on the written test, 220 on the computer-based test or 87 on the Internet-based test, or complete the International English Language Examination (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 7. For TOEFL information, please visit The AUHS code is 4262.
    Telephone, SKYPE, or in-person interview may be a part of the admission process.
  • Students must attend a MANDATORY orientation session.
  • All required health records, evidence of CPR certification, criminal background check, licensure, personal health insurance, and professional liability insurance must be kept on file. It is each student’s responsibility to keep all records up to date. Drug screens and immunizations may be required for clinical placements.


All applicants to the MSN program must complete the following undergraduate courses prior to entering the program: statistics and nursing research. In addition, students admitted to the program in the FNP track must have completed an advanced pathophysiology course and an advanced physical assessment course and an advanced pharmacology course within seven years prior to entering the program.


Transfer credit is not accepted.