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DNP Application Process

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Applying to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is simple. You will submit your application via NursingCAS, a centralized system for applicants to nursing programs.

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Required Application Materials

You will need to submit the following with your application.

  • Proof of licensure as a Registered Nurse
  • Official transcripts from an accredited Master's of Nursing program
  • A professional resume for curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three letters of professional reference
  • One writing sample demonstrating knowledge of APA style

You should also be prepared to complete a brief phone interview with a DNP program faculty member.

Please review the full admission requirements to understand how applicants are evaluated for entry into the program.

  •  Admission Requirements

    New Student Admission Requirements

    • Applicants must submit their application for the program by August 15th.
    • Applicants must hold a Master’s Degree in Nursing, Advanced Practice Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with specialty, from an accredited college or university.
    • Applicants must have a graduate GPA of 3.20 or higher (on a 4.00 scale).
    • International applicants must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); per graduate office minimal requirements.
    • Applicants must submit an example of writing that is in APA style format.
    • Applicants must submit three professional references as letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic or professional background. The letters should include an assessment of the applicant’s current work quality and ability to successfully complete graduate education.
    • Applicants must submit a current professional resume and cover letter.
    • Applicants must have successful, passing grade, completion of a graduate level statistics course in the last five years.
    • Applicants must complete a face-to-face, phone, or online interview with program faculty. Applicants must have satisfactory professional demeanor and be able to articulate professional goals alignment with the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
    • In addition to the above requirements, the student with a GPA of less than 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale), undergraduate deficiencies, graduate level statistics deficiency, or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores less than required by the graduate office may be conditionally admitted with the following requirements:
      • Successfully complete 7 semester hours of graduate coursework with a 3.20 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) to satisfy admission requirements.
      • Completion of a graduate level statistics course, with a passing grade, by the end of the first semester.
      • Enroll in and successfully complete recommended English as a Foreign Language (EFL) courses; may retake the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam

    Transfer Student Admission Requirements

    • Applicants must submit their application for the program by August 15th.
    • Applicants must hold a Master’s Degree in Nursing, Advanced Practice Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with specialty, from an accredited college or university.
    • Applicants must have a graduate GPA of 3.20 or higher (on a 4.00 scale).
    • International applicants must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); per graduate office minimal requirements.
    • Applicants must submit an example of writing that is in APA style format.
    • Applicants must submit three professional references as letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic or professional background. The letters should include an assessment of the applicant’s current work quality and ability to successfully complete graduate education.
    • Applicants must submit a current professional resume and cover letter.
    • Applicants must have successful, passing grade, completion of a graduate level statistics course in the last five years.
    • Applicants must complete a face-to-face, phone, or online interview with program faculty. Applicants must have satisfactory professional demeanor and be able to articulate professional goals alignment with the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
    • In addition to the above requirements, the student with a GPA of less than 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale), undergraduate deficiencies, graduate level statistics deficiency, or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores less than required by the graduate office may be conditionally admitted with the following requirements:
      • Successfully complete 7 semester hours of graduate coursework with a 3.20 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) to satisfy admission requirements.
      • Completion of a graduate level statistics course, with a passing grade, by the end of the first semester.
      • Enroll in and successfully complete recommended English as a Foreign Language (EFL) courses; may retake the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam