Admission Requirements BSN to DNP

(Advanced practice nurse with a baccalaureate in nursing)

  • Applicants must complete the graduate school admissions application by February 15 for fall admission.  The graduate school application and directions are at
  • Three professional references are required. Two of the required references are to be from professional colleagues that address clinical competence and ability to succeed in graduate study.
  • Prospective students are asked to compose an essay that includes a narrative of professional experience and a statement of their professional goals.
  • Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Preference is given for one or more years' experience
  • Proficiency in computer skills and access to a computer with Internet capabilities
  • Admission interviews with nursing faculty are scheduled in March for fall admission.


After admission, the following must be completed 

  • Documentation of health status
  • Criminal background checks
  • Documentation of ACLS certification - prior to first clinical
  • Degree plan completed in collaboration with faculty by the end of the second semester 
  • A cumulative grade of at least 3.0 must be maintained. No more than two grades of less than B may be earned in courses required for the degree.

Degree requirements must be completed within seven years after admission.

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