Answer: Yes – Many online FNP programs do not require GRE scores for admission.
There are many online MSN and DNP programs with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) that do not require applicants to submit GRE scores. However, some online FNP programs do require the GRE for admission. Therefore, students should research the specific requirements for the programs that interest them to get the most up-to-date information about admission requirements.
In general, MSN and DNP programs tend to prioritize applicants’ professional nursing experience, active RN licensure, and academic performance in past nursing coursework over standardized test scores. For example, all online FNP programs mandate that candidates hold a current and unrestricted RN license in their state, and many online FNP programs require that applicants have at least a year of professional experience as a registered nurse and/or a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in all past nursing coursework.
Some nursing schools will consider GRE scores as part of a student’s application package even if they do not require those scores for admission. Students who want to attend a particular program that lists the GRE as optional may want to check with the program’s admissions office to see if taking the GRE may improve their chances of acceptance. Finally, some schools only require the GRE on a conditional basis, often in situations where an applicant does not meet all the criteria for admission. For example, a graduate nursing program may require GRE scores from students whose overall undergraduate and/or graduate GPA does not meet its minimum threshold.