EL MSN Application Requirements

Summer 2021 Application (all requirements must be complete at the time of application) Application Deadline
Early  October 1, 2020
Standard December 4, 2020

*Last day to submit prerequisite transcripts: January 15

Application for Summer 2021 cohort is open on July 10, 2020 and will close on December 4, 2020.

COVID-19 Related EL-MSN Application Information

We have been receiving many questions regarding ELMSN application requirements and admission criteria as it relates to the unique landscape of this pandemic. Please see read the important information about the ELMSN Summer 2021 application cycle below:

  • Online Labs: We will accept online labs taken in either the Spring 2020, Summer 2020, or Fall 2020 semesters.
  • TEAS Exam: At this time, the ATI TEAS exam is still an admission requirement for the Summer 2021 cycle. Due to closures of testing centers, we recommend scheduling your TEAS exam in the months of July through November. We will email applicants and update this portion of the website if there are any changes to this requirement.
  • Healthcare Experience: As always, we recommend using creativity when obtaining a level of exposure to healthcare environments. Although you may not be able to volunteer in certain facilities, we recommend conducting virtual interviews with healthcare professionals and seeking opportunities to volunteer at small clinics or other facilities that may need assistance.
  • Some testing centers are providing virtual proctored TEAS tests. We will accept those scores as well.


Step 1. Begin your application via NursingCAS. Once logged into NursingCAS, applicants should select EL MSN as their program. Please do not select additional CBU programs.

Step 2. Submit three electronic recommendations sent through NursingCAS: academic, personal and professional. Academic and professional recommendation letters are required to be on official letterhead.

Note: NursingCAS gives you the option of creating a deadline for your references, We recommend this deadline be two weeks prior to the application deadline. Family members may not complete recommendations.

Step 3. Please be prepared to submit the following with your NursingCAS application: 

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (to be sent electronically to NursingCAS)
  • Conduct Clearance Form – from the last school attended, (not required for CBU alumni)
  • Release and Waiver (Note: this form must be notarized)
  • Prerequisite Self-Evaluation FormPrerequisites must be completed by the end of the fall semester prior to program start in May.
  • Resume containing all relevant healthcare volunteer experience, certifications/licenses, honors/awards and community volunteer experience.
  • A personal statement of at least 1,000 words completed in APA format. Essay should include answers to the following
    • Why do you want to be a nurse?

    • What significant events and influences have affected your approach to nursing?

    • What qualities do you bring to the CBU College of Nursing?
    • What are your long-term professional goals?

  • Note: There is no GRE or MAT requirement 

Step 4. Register for the entrance exam and start studying! Note: You do not need to take the exam prior to submitting your application, but you do need to take it prior to the final application deadline. 
*Note: The entrance exam has changed from previous cycles. More information regarding the TEAS is provided at the bottom of this page for your reference. 

Step 5. Submit your completed NursingCAS application. Once this final step is complete, you will receive an email confirmation from NursingCAS indicating your application is complete or that you have missing documents. If you do not receive an email, please check your spam folder and make NursingCAS an "approved sender." At this time, we will email you a supplemental questionnaire that will complete your CBU application.

Please note: 

  • All supplemental documentation must be submitted by January 15, 2021
  • All transcripts should be submitted by January 15, 2021 (NursingCAS may verify transcripts beyond the deadline). 

For technical support with your application, contact NursingCAS:

NursingCAS Customer Service
(617) 612–2880 
Hours: Monday– Friday (9 a.m.–5 p.m. Eastern Time)

Entrance Exam- ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

About the TEAS:
  • Four-option, multiple choice, computer based exam.
  • 170 questions
  • 209 minutes to complete
  • More information
Locations, Dates, and Times for the TEAS
  • You can take the TEAS through a PSI testing center. 
  • The TEAS is offered almost daily at the PSI testing centers. Here are instructions on how to check dates, times, and location offerings.
  • We recommend studying for 4-6 weeks prior to taking the exam, but you can take the TEAS at any point prior to the application deadline for the cycle which you are applying.
TEAS study resources and other important information:
  • Although there are many study resources out there, we recommend utilizing the ATI study resources.
  • Minimum score accepted: 60
  • Maximum number of attempts: you can take the TEAS up to 3 times
  • We will take the highest score out of your three attempts.

For more information, please see our list of frequently asked questions.