General Admission Requirements
Applicants must complete the graduate school admissions application. The graduate school application and directions are on the following website - http://www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/
Three professional references are required. Two of the required references need to be from professional colleagues that can address clinical competence and ability to succeed in graduate study.
Prospective students are asked to compose a narrative essay describing current and past clinical practice, current curriculum vitae and a paper of 7-10 pages in length identifying a practice improvement issue, clinical management problem, or research area the applicant plans to address while in the program. The paper will cite appropriate professional or scientific resources and follow APA format.
The following is also required: current unencumbered license as an RN; minimum masters GPA of 3.3, proficiency in computer skills and access to a computer with Internet capabilities; and a successful interview with nursing program faculty.
NDSU does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, public assistance status, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or status as a US veteran.
Admission Requirements: MS to DNP/FNP
(advanced practice nurse with a master's in nursing):
- Earned master's degree in nursing with a GPA of at least 3.3
- Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
- Complete application to graduate school. Application and directions are at http://www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/
- The following sent to the nursing department:
- Copy of most recent certification/re-certification for advanced practice specialty
- Verification of RN licensure
- A paper of 7-10 pages in length identifying a practice improvement issue,
clinical management problem or research area the applicant plans to address
while in the program. The paper will cite appropriate professional or
scientific resources and follow APA format
After admission the following are required:
- Satisfactory result of criminal background checks
- Documentation of health status
- Documentation of ACLS certification
- Degree plan completed in collaboration with faculty
A grade of at least B is required in all courses in the degree plan. The time needed to complete the program depends primarily on the amount of time the student can commit to academic engagement. Nevertheless, the time period from admission to graduation may not exceed four years (48 months). The disquisition, which is the main product of the Comprehensive Study, is completed in a timely manner according to deadlines and protocols of the graduate office. Degrees are conferred at the University commencement ceremony.
Curriculum Vita and Professional Portfolio
DNP Curriculum for the Certified Advanced Nurse Practitioner with a Master's Degree in Nursing
For the advanced practice nurse with a master's degree, requirements for the DNP degree include portfolio review, didactic and practicum nursing courses, demonstration of scholarship and didactic support courses.
Transcripts of graduate work
Evidence of clinical hours in degree program
RN/APN certification/licensure documentation
Cumulative advanced practice hours
Narrative describing clinical practice
Proposal for practice improvement
STAT 725 Applied Statistics (3 cr)
PHARM 685 Economic Outcomes(2 cr)
NURS 730 Clinical Applications (3 cr)
NURS 735P Role Integration (8 cr)
NURS 797S Comprehensive Study (6 cr) or
NURS 799S1 / NURS 799S2 /NURS 799S3
Support Courses (16 cr)
Based on course work and comprehensive study
TOTAL CREDITS = 86 (Minimum)
At least 15 credits must be at the 700 level
If student has taken a graduate statistics course another course may be substituted.
Support courses are courses that complement and supplement nursing content and contribute to advanced practice. Appropriate courses are available in several disciplines, e.g., nursing, psychology, human development and education, and pharmaceutical sciences.
The oral examination completes the program of study. The student's course work and comprehensive study provide the framework for the oral examination.