Doctor of Nursing Practice Admissions

Application Deadline

The DNP application opens Sept. 15 and closes January 15th for Fall (August) enrollment. The DNP program does not admit a spring class.

Application Timeline

Qualified, complete applicants will be contacted after the application deadline to schedule interviews with graduate nursing faculty.  

Following interviews applications will be reviewed and decision letters mailed to all applicants.

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

Out-of-State Students

The University of Kentucky works to provide distance learning courses and programs to students across the state of Kentucky, the country and abroad, but location matters when it comes to the availability of some courses and programs. Each state and territory have different requirements for distance learning. Out of state students who are interested in distance learning should read each section below and confirm that their program of interest can be offered and/or lead to licensure or certification in their state or territory.

  • State Authorization is a type of consumer protection regulated by states and territories. Institutions are required to obtain state authorization when they offer online courses or programs outside of their home state. Visit the State Authorization by Program section to learn which programs are authorized in each state.
  • States may have additional requirements for programs that lead to professional licensure or certification. Learn which programs can lead to licensure and certification in each state.
  • Contact Distance Learning with questions or for more information.

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