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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission into the DNP Program, the applicant must submit the following:

  1. Current USA RN license without restrictions.
  2. BSN.
  3. MSN or graduate degree in another discipline.
    • Applicants with a graduate degree in a discipline other than nursing will be individually evaluated, and additional courses at the master’s level will be required to meet the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education as well as the essential competencies for a DNP program graduate
  4. GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  5. Official BSN and MSN transcripts, or BSN and Master’s degree in another discipline transcripts.
    • Advanced Practice Nurses (Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives) must present evidence of completion of:
      • Completion of Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Health Assessment.
      • National certification or 500 documented hours of clinical practice during MSN Advanced Practice Nursing program.
  6. Curriculum vitae.
  7. Two letters of recommendation.
  8. Narrative statement of career goals and how the program will enable the achievement of those goals.
  9. Written letter of support from clinical practice setting.
  10. Portfolio (not more than 25 pages) providing evidence of professional career; applicants without the MSN degree must provide written validation of how they met the 2011 AACN MSN Essentials.
  11. Personal Interview.

Applicants must begin the program within one year of notification of admission. Application materials remain active for one year following submission and inactive applications are shredded after one year.