The DNP provides the terminal academic preparation for patient-focused advanced practice nursing. The post-master’s DNP is designed to prepare nurses for leadership positions where they can create transformative change to improve the health and health care outcomes of individuals, families, groups and populations. This program focuses on development of advanced competencies for complex practice along with evidence-based practice utilization to meet the demands impacting quality patient care delivery, patient outcomes, and system management.

Graduates will be prepared to lead at the highest levels of nursing. To be admitted to the DNP program applicants must have the following:

1. A completed Graduate Application.

2. Application essay - Submit a one to two page typewritten essay with reasons for seeking the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, along with a statement of professional goals.

3. Official transcripts sent to Office of Graduate Admission. Master of Science in Nursing degree from an ACEN accredited college or CCNE university that holds regional accreditation.

4. A minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

5. Professional resume.

6. Names and contact information for two professional references.

7. International Applicants -TOEFL score (as needed).

8. Successful interview with the MSN/DNP Program Director or designee.

9. “C” or higher in an undergraduate statistics course.

10. Two years of clinical nursing experience to matriculate.

11. Active RN license with no restrictions.

12. Official documentation of practicum hours from master’s degree granting institution.

13. Acceptable criminal background check.                                                                                                                                                                                           

* Practicum and capstone projects may depend on state of licensure.