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Start Dates

Spring 2022
Jan. 12

Application Deadlines

Apply by Nov. 30.


  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Minimum of two years' experience as an RN at time of application.
  • Completion of a physical assessment (across the lifespan) course or evidence of physical assessment skills.
  • Current, unencumbered U.S. RN nursing licensure (no restrictions).

Students should be proficient with methodologies used in online education and must possess computer equipment and technology compatible with University learning management systems and technology.

Application Materials

  • Application fee ($25).
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant's capacity for doctoral study.
    • One recommendation must be from a former faculty member in a nursing program, a current or former nursing supervisor or nursing leader.
    • One recommendation must be from someone who can attest to the competencies and expertise of the applicant at the Advanced Practice level.
    • The third recommendation may be from an individual of the applicant's choice; however, the letter should address the applicant's ability to successfully complete doctoral education in nursing.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A formal letter of application and a statement of purpose (typed, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, no longer than 3 pages in length) addressed to the DNP Program Coordinator that provides the following:
    • The applicant's goals for doctoral study which are congruent with DNP Program goals (See The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, which can be accessed here.)
    • Focused area of interest for synthesis project.
    • Statements reflecting how acquiring the DNP is important to fulfillment of the applicant's career goals.
    • The applicant’s potential contributions to the DNP program.

Applicants should also prepare for:

  • A telephone interview with the DNP Program coordinator.
  • Prior to enrollment in residency courses, students will be required to submit to background checks, drug and alcohol screening, and must meet program health requirements. These screenings will be conducted at the student's expense.
  • Prior to NURS 801 - Biostatistics, students must provide evidence of completion of a graduate level statistics course. This graduate level statistics course must be both current and approved by the DNP Program Coordinator.