Post-Master's DNP | Admission Requirements

Candidates are selected for admission based upon the likelihood for program completion and academic success in graduate education. These include:

  • A Master’s degree in Nursing (MSN) from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized school.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale in graduate study.
  • Current license to practice as a registered nurse or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).
  • Have a valid and current national certification in an advanced nursing practice specialty (which attests to the minimum clinical hours for the specialty). If applicant is not nationally certified, certification must be achieved within one year of starting the program.
  • DNP Portfolio demonstrating high potential for producing scholarship, including:
  • CV/Resume.
  • One essay with a clear statement of goals and expectations for entering the DNP program and how the student anticipates this degree will benefit the profession of nursing and his/her community.
  • One essay describing the type of clinical project the student plans to undertake in the DNP program.
  • Three letters of recommendation—one addressing clinical competence and two addressing academic ability.
  • Transcript evidence of satisfactory completion (grade B or higher) of an undergraduate or graduate nursing research course.
  • Transcript evidence of satisfactory completion (grade B or higher) of a statistics course, which included descriptive and inferential methods, within five years of program start date.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional references as described above.