Doctor of Nursing Practice Admissions

Application Deadline

January 15th for Fall (August) 2018 enrollment.  The DNP program does not admit a spring class.

Application Timeline

Qualified, complete applicants will be contacted after the January 15th application deadline to schedule interviews with graduate nursing faculty.  Those interviews will occur in late January - February.

Following interviews applications will be reviewed and decision letters mailed to all applicants no later than March 15th.

Admission is competitive based on the number of qualified applications received and the space available.  We do not admit students from all states.

Additional Information

All admitted students will be required to undergo background check, drug screen and submit proof of immunizations and CPR to a medical document service.

BSN-DNP Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 grading scale
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited program
  • Three references (form will be provided) attesting to the applicant's expertise in nursing or health care. Faculty prefer professional references from a nursing faculty advisor if available or a nursing faculty member who knows the applicant, one from a doctorally prepared RN, and no more than one from a peer.
  • Personal interview(s)
  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which clinicals will occur (prerequisite to clinical experience)
  • Clinical nursing experience prior to the first DNP clinical course
  • Goal statement: In one to three double-spaced pages, discuss your reasons for seeking doctoral study, including your short- and long-term professional goals. Discuss a system or population you are interested in working with and identify/discuss a system or health problem in that population that you wish to study as capstone project.
  • An example of scholarly written work, completed within two years of application, related to nursing that demonstrates excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate clearly and logically. Samples of scholarly work: formal research paper written in your BSN program; published article on a nursing issue; or paper written on a nursing issue of interest to you
  • Current vita/resume 

Apply to the BSN-DNP Option

MSN-DNP Option Admission Requirements

  • Master’s grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 grading scale
  • Master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited program
  • Three references (form will be provided) attesting to the applicant's expertise in nursing or health care. Faculty prefer professional references from nursing faculty advisor if available or a nursing faculty member who knows the applicant, one from a doctorally prepared RN, and no more than one from a peer.
  • Personal interview(s)
  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which clinicals will occur (prerequisite to clinical experience)
  • Goal statement: In one to three double-spaced pages, discuss your reasons for seeking doctoral study, including your short- and long-term professional goals. Discuss a system or population you are interested in working with and identify/discuss a system or health problem in that population that you wish to study as capstone project.
  • An example of scholarly written work, completed within two years of application, related to nursing that demonstrates excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate clearly and logically. Samples of scholarly work: formal research paper written in your MSN program; published article on a nursing issue; or paper written on nursing issue of interest to you
  • Current vita/resume 

Apply to the MSN-DNP Option