International Students


International Degree Evaluation Process

Applicants seeking admission or transfer credits for credits earned at institutions outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated and certified by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES) member organization. Students can also have their transcripts evaluated by an Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) member organization. Applicants may be assessed a fee by the certifying organization and must request the report be sent directly to Aspen University.

If an applicant’s transcript is published in English by the granting institution and the granting institution is Appropriately Accredited, then the applicant is not required to have their academic transcript evaluated and certified by a NACES or AICE member organization. Appropriately Accredited Institutions are those that are currently accredited by agencies recognized by the United States Secretary of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or, for institutions outside the United States, an accepted foreign equivalent that is listed in the International Handbook of Universities.

International Student Nursing Admission Requirements

International students may be eligible for admission to the Nursing programs at Aspen University.  To meet the admission requirements students must provide documentation of a current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in at least one U.S. state, U.S. territory or Canada, OR provide evidence of a nursing license comparable to a U.S. registered nurse license from the nation, province, or region where the student is employed as a nurse.

Nursing applicants educated outside of the United States must have their academic transcripts evaluated by an approved agency. Applicants with international nursing licensure must also have their nursing credentials evaluated to determine equivalency with United States RN licensure. Internationally educated applicants that hold a current RN license in the United States, U.S. territory, or Canada are not required to have their nursing license credentials evaluated. Applicants may be assessed a fee by the certifying organization and must request that an official report be mailed directly to Aspen University.

International Transcript Evaluation

Nursing program applicants that have credits or degrees earned from institutions outside of the United States must have their academic transcripts evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE) member organization, or by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS). Applicants pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing or RN to MSN programs or applicants seeking transfer credit must request a course by course evaluation.

International Nursing Credential Evaluation

Applicants that hold a RN license outside of the United States or Canada must have their nursing credentials evaluated by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools CGFNS in order to determine licensure equivalency.

Steps to Meeting the Admission requirements
U.S. Nurse educated outside of the United States

  1. Complete Aspen University Admission Application
  2. Provide transcript evaluated by NACES, AICE, or CGFNS
  3. Provide proof of current unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the U.S., U.S. territory or Canada

Registered Nurse licensed and educated outside of the United States

  1. Complete Aspen University Admission Application
  2. Provide transcript of education evaluated by NACES, AICE, or CGFNS
  3. Provide proof of current unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse evaluated by CGFNS as comparable to a U.S. license

English Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  1. Student has attended an Appropriately Accredited institution in a country where English is the Official Language. 
  2. Receive a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Paper Based Test - Minimum Required Score
      • Undergraduate Applicants:  500
      • Graduate Applications:  530
      • Doctoral Applicants: 550
    • Internet Based Test - Minimum Required Score
      • Undergraduate Applicants:  61
      • Graduate Applications:  71
      • Doctoral Applicants: 80
  3. Receive a minimum score of Level 3 on the ACT Compass ESL Placement Test
  4. Transcript demonstrates completion of at least 30 semester credits, or an English Composition course from an Appropriately Accredited University where the language of instruction was English.
    • Undergraduate Applicants: Average minimum grade of a "C"
    • Graduate Applicants: Average minimum grade of a "B"
  5. Transcript evaluation, degree or diploma indicating that the course instruction was in English
  6. Official letter from the student's previous institution stating that the course instruction was in English