Doctor of Nursing Practice Admission Requirements
Before completing the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) application, all prospective students must:
- Hold an earned Master of Science degree with a concentration in nursing from an accredited institution.
- Prospective students who hold an earned master’s degree in nursing (MSN or MN) may apply. Exceptions to the master of science degree requirement will be made on a case-by-case basis for those students who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a master’s degree in another health-related field (e.g., MPH, MHA, etc.). Coursework from non-nursing master’s degree must have significant content from nursing or a nursing focus. At a minimum, graduate level coursework must demonstrate a substantial study of Nursing Theory, Research, and Health Policy.
- Hold an unencumbered license at a level consistent with the focus of DNP study.
- Hold national certification (or be eligible for certification) in an advanced practice role or an area of specialization or expertise.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the graduate level.
- Provide documentation of clinical and leadership excellence.
- Have completed graduate-level course work (earning a grade of B or better) in research, nursing theory, and health policy.
Advanced Practice Track Requirements
In addition to the DNP admission requirements listed above, prospective students interested in the Advanced Practice Track must:
- Have completed graduate-level course work (earning a grade of B or better) in advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, physical assessment.
- Hold an unencumbered license as a registered nurse and as an advanced practice nurse commensurate with state licensure.
- Hold national certification in an advanced practice role from a nationally recognized certification/credentialing organization.
Nurse Executive Track Requirements
In addition to the DNP admission requirements listed above, prospective students interested in the Nurse Executive Track must submit the following*:
- Proof of national certification in the applicant’s area of specialization or expertise (for example: clinical nurse leader, nurse executive, nurse educator, case manager, nurse anesthetist, public health nurse, or other similar specializations).
- If not nationally certified at the time of application, students must provide proof of the certification to which he or she is eligible and that he or she meets the criterion. This may be accomplished by the student providing certification eligibility criteria and supporting documents of his or her individual eligibility.
DNP Program Application Checklist
Applications are to be submitted through the Graduate College and must include the following:
- Official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended.
- Unofficial transcripts included as part of online application.
- Copies of all RN and APN licensures and national certifications.
- Current resume or CV.
- Three letters of recommendation that validate current competency in nursing practice and leadership roles at the advanced practice level, as well as the potential for doctoral study.
- A typewritten goal statement of 500 words or fewer that contains:
- Past experiences and achievements in nursing practice, leadership, and scholarship.
- Reasons for pursuing a doctor of nursing practice degree.
- Specific interest in the DNP program.
*All documents should be completed and submitted with the application to the Graduate College.