School of Nursing

Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Application Information

Fall Application Deadline: July 1st

Spring Application Deadline: October 1st

Summer Application Deadline: March 1st

The School of Nursing at LSU Health New Orleans participates in a Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS). All applicants will apply online using the NursingCAS application. To learn more about the NursingCAS application process, please visit the NursingCAS web site at

The BSN to DNP Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program admits students in the fall, spring, and summer semesters each year. Please refer to the Admission Criteria page for further information about qualifications and requirements. Here are a few pointers to ensure a successful application:


  1. Application Form

    Visit NursingCAS website at to fill out the online NursingCAS application. Search for LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing in New Orleans, LA. If you have any concerns about the on-line application and need technology support, please contact the NursingCAS support staff by email or phone 617-612-2880.

  2. Transcripts

    Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university documenting the award of a BSN or BSN equivalent. All previous undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be submitted. All nursing course credit earned must be from a specialized nursing accredited program. *A BSN equivalent does not meet admission requirement without the conferral of a Master's degree.

    All transcripts from programs outside of the United States must be evaluated by an accredited credentialing evaluation service. LSUHSC School of Nursing recommends the following resources:


    World Education Services    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    212-966-6311    412-389-3411

    Official transcripts must be submitted to NursingCAS.

  3. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores

    Official scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) of 300 (or higher) when combining the verbal and quantitative scores on the 130-170 score scale are required from within the last five (5) years. Writing score must be a 3.0 or higher from within the last five (5) years. The GRE official transcript must be sent to LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing (code 6353).

  4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores

    A minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79-80 (internet-based) for all applicants who have English as a second language or who are not graduates of programs in the United States.

    Input TOEFL scores and upload the results within the NursingCAS application.

  5. References in Support of Graduate Admission Application

    Three References in Support of Graduate Admission Application must be submitted by the application deadline. At least one recommendation must be from a peer and another from a current supervisor. The reference information will be requested within the NursingCAS application.

  6. Licensure and Certifications

    A current unencumbered license to practice nursing in any state with eligibility for licensure in Louisiana. The Office of Student Affairs will primary source verify the license through the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

  7. Economic and Education Disadvantaged Status Form

    LSU School of Nursing receives grants administered by HRSA. The Economic and Educational Disadvantaged Status Survey contains information required by HRSA in order for LSU School of Nursing to remain compliant in our mandatory performance indicator reporting. Information from School of Nursing's current students and applicants is needed. The information will be kept confidential. A unique identifier will be assigned to each individual in order that individual-level data is not linked in the HRSA report. All other data is reported in aggregate form.

    A completed Economic and Education Disadvantaged Status Form must be submitted. Please click here to complete the survey.

  8. Application Fee

    A required $100.00 non-refundable application fee is required at the time of application submittal. The applicant will receive a follow-up email from LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing Office of Student Services/Affairs with further directions on submitting the fee.