Admission Requirements

An applicant to the doctor of nursing program must be a registered nurse or NCLEX eligible nurse and have a master's degree in nursing or a related field. The desired candidate will have obtained an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. Additionally, applicants to the program must also have a master's degree in a relevant field.

A complete application consists of the following:

  • an application form
  • $45 application fee
  • two professional or academic recommendations
  • proof of an active registered nurse (RN) license
  • a current resume or curriculum vitae
  • transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • personal statement addressing the following:
    1. professional goals and motivations
    2. a nursing experience that has influenced or shaped your practice;
    3. a health care problem that interests you for potential doctoral study.
  • verification from your master’s program indicating the total number of supervised field work hours, if any, that you completed Download the form (PDF)

A minimum of 1,000 hours of field work observation will be required within the DNP program, and up to 600 hours from a master’s program may be applied toward that number. If clinical hours were not completed during graduate work, you may register for an additional two-credit course (NUR 621, Post-Master’s Additional Graduate Clinical) to complete the requisite hours.

All accepted students will also be required to complete a background check following acceptance and before the start of classes. Acceptances will be conditional prior to satisfactory completion of both. You will receive instructions for completing this background check by email after being accepted into the program.

The background check will include:

  • Social security number validation/verification
  • Criminal record searches (statewide, county and federal searches)
  • National criminal database search
  • Sex offender registry search
  • OIG/SIG
  • Sanctions based search