Completed applications for early admission must be received by January 1 for a January 30th decision. Completed applications for standard admission must be received by May 13 for a mid-April decision. 

Candidates applying to the Post-master's DNP track should ensure that all requirements and materials are received in order to be reviewed by the admission committee. (Please note: The GRE is not required.)

Once an application is complete and all supporting documentation has been received, the application is reviewed by the DNP Admission Committee on a rolling basis, and the candidate will be notified of the admission decision.

All accepted applicants must submit a $1,000 non-refundable seat fee which will be applied to the graduation fee upon completion of the program.


  • Completed Online Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Application Fee
    The application requires a $70 non-refundable fee. Please note, prospective students who attend an admission event receive an application fee waiver code.
  • Letter of Recommendation from Three Professional Contacts
    Letter of Recommendation forms should be submitted on your behalf from three professional contacts who are able to speak to your potential as a nurse scholar. A recommendation from a doctorally prepared nurse as one of the three references is strongly recommended.
  • Interview with the Director of the Post-Master’s DNP Track
    A telephone interview is required and will be scheduled once the application is submitted.
  • Essay
    The essay consists of two parts:
    (1) A personal reflection should be submitted that addresses the following: rationale for selecting this particular doctoral program; description of your role aspirations; and what you expect to derive from doctoral study.
    (2) Identify a healthcare issue that could be the basis for your DNP project. Discuss how addressing the healthcare issue will improve patient outcomes at your clinical facility.
  • Official Transcripts from All Previous Institutions of Higher Education
    Send official transcripts from each previously attended college and school to Doctoral Programs Assistant Director, Sandi Schultz here
  • Copy of Advanced Practice License (for APRNs)
  • Copy of National Certification for APRNs and Nurse Executives
  • OPTIONAL: Evidence of Scholarly Writing
    This could be a publication, grant, thesis, report, term paper or equivalent.


All applicants to the Post-Master’s DNP Track:

  • Must hold current and unrestricted licensure in nursing (Master's Degree in Nursing) in a jurisdiction of the United States.
  • Are required to have a national certification in their advanced practice specialty.
  • Should have taken a college level nursing research course and received a grade of 3.0 or higher.
  • Must currently be employed and working a minimum of part-time in their field in the United States.


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Doctoral Programs Assistant Director
Sandi Schultz

Program Director
Debra Shearer, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC