Admission Information - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The DNP is the highest practice-focused degree in nursing, designed to prepare experts in specialized advanced practice nursing or administration. DNP programs focus heavily on practice that is innovative and evidence-based, reflecting the application of credible research findings.
Admission is limited and competitive. The application process will open October 1 through January 15 for May program start. See key dates/calendar.
Admission Requirements to the DNP Program for BSN to DNP students:
- BSN degree or equivalent from an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited school of nursing.
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Proof of current licensure to practice as a registered nurse in one of the 50 states in the U.S.
- Preference will be given to applicants who have completed at least one year full-time work experience as a registered nurse. Experience with the specialty population is valuable.
Admission Requirements to the DNP program for MSN to DNP students:
- MSN degree or equivalent from an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited school of nursing
- Have a master’s degree with in nursing administration or a clinical specialization to prepare graduate as and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) (Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, or Nurse Midwife).
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale;
- Proof of current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in one of the 50 states in the U.S.;
Application Requirements to the DNP program include:
- A personal statement that responds to specific questions addressing educational and professional goals including the applicant's area of practice interest;
- Curriculum vitae or professional resume;
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including non-nursing coursework;
- Three letters of recommendation (preferably from persons holding a doctorate) submitted electronically by the recommender. At least one letter should be from a faculty member in the applicant's previous program who can attest to the applicant's ability to successfully complete the program.
All applications will be reviewed for evidence of basic qualifications for admission and application to the DNP program, and the most qualified will be invited for a personal or telephone interview by members of the DNP Admissions Committee.
Admissions will be granted to the most highly qualified applications based on a match of career goals with program resources.
As the nationwide shortage of nurses and primary care physicians deepens with waves of retiring baby Boomers, DNP-degreed APRNs substantially increase their career options and appeal to employers. How? DNPs are uniquely qualified to help remedy the health care deficit on several levels:
- close the frontline gap in primary care health professionals.
- bring advanced clinical assessment and treatment to patients.
- lead clinical nursing programs, systems and delivery teams.
- alleviate the nursing shortage as high-level clinical educators.
- full or part-time options available.
- approximately 500 practice hours (depending on prior clinical practicum hours)
- 35 postmaster's credit hours.
- 9 courses in College of Nursing and College of Public Health
BSN to DNP
- Complete DNP system courses (35 credit hours) as well as a clinical specialty (Adult-Gerontology NP, Family NP, Psychiatric Mental Health NP, Pediatric Primary Care NP, Pediatric Primary & Acute Care NP, Women's Health NP, or Nurse Leader/Executive.)
Limited Slots annually - Apply as early as possible
The DNP program has limited initial capacity for APRN students per year. Admission is competitive. Applying as soon as possible is to your advantage.