College of Nursing Graduate Programs

DNP Admission

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program in Population Health Leadership

Candidates must have obtained an MSN from a CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited school, or a Master's in a field other than nursing. Candidates with a Master's in a field other than nursing are required to have a BSN from a CCNE, ACEN or regionally accredited institution. Candidates are required to have completed a basic statistics course.

One year of professional nursing work experience is required.

International students must be licensed registered nurses in the United States and must meet all additional requirements for admission to the university.


  • Verification of current RN licensure (School of Nursing will obtain)
  • Official transcripts from all previous coursework including diploma program
  • A 1-3 page, single spaced, personal statement describing the reasons for seeking doctoral study, short and long term professional goals, narrative of professional experience and discussion of a possible DNP project
  • Published work or paper from previous coursework
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 professional references from faculty or other health professionals with advanced preparation who can evaluate your effectiveness in Graduate Nursing Program (a standard form is incorporated in the application)
  • Admission is available for the fall semester of each academic year.  Applicants will be reviewed and notified of their status by June 30th.

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