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DNP Degree Admissions

International Students Admission Information

ADMISSION CRITERIA (Summer start only)

  1. A Master's degree in Nursing* in an advanced nursing practice specialty from a nationally accredited CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) or ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) 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 master's level nursing course(s).
  1. 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.
  2. GPA of 3.5 or higher
  3. Current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse
  4. Undergraduate or graduate course in Statistics (3 credits) with a grade of "B" or better
  5. Successful phone interview with a DNP Admissions Committee member
  6. Meet the Technical Standards for Admission.
  7. 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.

1. Complete the online application.

2. Provide three reference letters from professional practice. Send this link to your references to complete: Graduate Reference Form
By forwarding this link to your references, you waive your right to view the recommendations.

3. Mail the following to the School of Nursing (ATTN: Graduate 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
  • Formal goal statement regarding your interest in DNP study (500-1000 words). Please base your response on the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

4. Arrange for these documents to be sent directly to the School of Nursing:

  • Official MSN transcript
  • Official transcript showing undergraduate or graduate Statistics, if not included on Master's degree program transcript
  • Any additional official graduate transcripts, if requesting advanced standing

5. If you are interested in graduate loans, you must complete the
Graduate Financial Aid Application and mail directly to the Financial Aid Office.

6. If you are accepted, a non-refundable $250.00 deposit will be required to reserve your place in the class.

DNP Special Status, Non-degree