DNP Degree Admissions
ADMISSION CRITERIA (Summer start only)
- A Master of Science in Nursing in an advanced nursing practice specialty from a nationally accredited CCNE or NLNAC program is preferred. Applicants who hold a non-nursing master's degree will be evaluated for admission on an individual basis. This process may entail review of a portfolio or other evaluative mechanisms, and may require completion of some masters level nursing course(s).
- Certification as an advanced practice nurse (if applicable). Where a legal certification is necessary to practice in an advanced role, as with nurse practitioners, the student must hold that certification. In other specialties where legal certification is not required for practice, such as forensic nurses, clinical specialists, and nurse executives, certification is not required.
- GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse
- Prerequisite coursework:
a. Graduate course in Statistics (3 credits) with a grade of "B" or better completed in the past 5 years
b. Graduate course in Nursing Research Methods (3 credits) with a grade of "B" or better completed in the past 5 years
- Successful phone interview with a DNP Admissions Committee member
- Meet the Technical Standards for Admission.
- If previously enrolled in a DNP Program, a letter of good standing from the Director of the Nursing Program is required.
Mandatory On-campus Requirement
Attendance is mandatory at the on-campus Doctoral Week in May.
The admissions process for nursing graduate studies is handled exclusively by the School of Nursing.
2. Mail the following to the School of Nursing:
- Current curriculum vitae (CV): a complete resume with dated work and practice, honors, awards, publications and presentations
- Copy of current RN license
- Copies of current advance practice certifications
- Personal statement (limited to 500 words) about practice/research issues of interest for your scholarly project
- An essay (limited to 1000 words) addressing the role of the DNP and the IOM 2010 Future of Nursing Report
- An example of your scholarly writing. This can be a published paper, thesis, or graduate level research paper used as a part of a course requirement
- Three reference letters from professional practice, sealed in envelopes and signed across the envelope seal by the endorsers.
- Copy of course syllabus for prerequisite courses: Statistics and Nursing Research
- If requesting advanced standing, the request for Advanced Standing Form and supporting documents
- Letter of good standing
3. Arrange for these documents to be sent directly to the School of Nursing:
- Official MSN transcript
- Official transcripts for prerequisite courses, if not included on Master's degree program transcript
- Any additional official graduate transcripts, if requesting advanced standing
4. If you are interested in graduate loans, you must complete the
Graduate Financial Aid Application and mail directly to the Financial Aid Office.
5. If you are accepted, a non-refundable $250.00 deposit will be required to reserve your place in the class.