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MSN Nursing Informatics Track
Application Requirements & Deadlines

Below are the main steps that will help guide you through the application process.

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Nursing MSN application has two parts:

  • You will first apply within the NursingCAS system and then;
  • Supplemental information will need to be submitted through the TTUHSC Merlin application system.

When filling out the NursingCAS application please note that you are only able to select one track as a designation. Applicants will not be considered for more than one track.

MSN Application Dates
Semester Application Open Application Deadline
Spring May 1 August 1
Fall November 1 March 15
Primary steps to successfully completing the application process:
  • Review the NursingCAS application tutorial.
  • Create a NursingCAS account and begin application. You will receive a CAS ID# via email to be used when completing the TTUHSC Merlin supplemental application.
  • Complete the NursingCAS application and pay the application fee*.
  • Mail the transcript request form provided in the NursingCAS application to all schools attended, including TTU/TTUHSC. All transcripts are to be mailed to NursingCAS directly from the schools. Note: Transcripts from all institutions, except Texas Tech University, are required upon admission.
  • Ensure that you submit three letters of recommendation via the NursingCAS system as this is required by the TTUHSC School of Nursing.
  • Complete the TTUHSC Merlin supplemental application.
    • Click "Start Session" on the bottom of the Merlin application page.
    • Click on the "Merlin" sign in to create a username and password (DO NOT USE ERAIDER LOGIN EVEN IF YOU CURRENTLY HAVE ONE!)
    • After logging in click on the blue "Start Application" button.
      • School → Select HSC School of Nursing, excluding Hunt School of Nursing and click the Next button.
      • Program → Select Nursing, Master's (BSN required) and then click the Next button.
      • Term → Select the term for which you are applying and then click the Next button.
      • NursingCAS ID → You will need to enter the NursingCAS ID that was emailed to you after you started your application. Click Next.
      • After reviewing your selection, click the Finish button.
    • There are several modules that you will need to complete in the Merlin application:
      • Oath of Residency
      • Fees and Other Charges ($40.00 application fee*)
      • Forms
    • After a module is complete, it will display a green checkmark. After all modules are completed, the Application Packet Submit button will turn white and display a red exlamation point. Only after clicking that button and following the steps will your Merlin supplemental application be complete!
    • NOTE: If you are completing/submitting the Merlin application AFTER August 1, 2013, you will need to contact our office to get access to the application.
Additional Information to Note:
  • Although NursingCAS has many sections that are listed as "Optional", it is to your advantage to include as much information as possible including any certifications you may have (i.e. BLS, ACLS, PALS, CCRN, etc.), information on any professional nursing organizations of which you may be a member, current and previous work experience (it may be helpful to upload your CV/resume to both the NursingCAS and Merlin supplemental applications). Additional tips can be found by reviewing "Tips for Successful Applications to the MSN Program".
  • Be aware that NursingCAS requires the applicant to input information on all coursework that you have completed. You may want to request additional copies of your transcripts for yourself to aide in this. Because this can be a time-consuming process, do not wait until the last minute to begin your application.
  • Ensure that all required application documents are recieved by the deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant, not that of TTUHSC, to make sure that your application is complete and submitted. We will not contact you for missing items. The Merlin application will not show a status until after decisions are made and emails have been sent. Also, the checklist in Merlin will remain blank as NursingCAS will receive all documents.
  • If you already have your MSN degree and are interested in applying for the post-master's certificate program, you will need to follow a different application process which is outlined on the websites for the post-master's tracks.

General program questions or problems with Merlin?

Georgina Barrera
(806) 743-2762

Questions on NursingCAS?

NursingCAS Suppport Team
(617) 612-2880

* Application fees are non-refundable and it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the correct program and track is selected.

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