Begin the Journey to Your DNP
No GRE/ GMAT Required | Transfer Up to 9 Credits
As you begin your application, here are key admission requirements to keep in mind:
- Awarded Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from a regionally accredited institution
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 for unconditional admission
- Official transcripts for all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
- Professional Goals Statement (written in APA sixth edition style) and 1-2 pages in length
- Resume or CV
- 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate your ability to complete graduate academic work, such as a nurse manager, previous nurse faculty, or supervisor. A minimum of two references should be from individuals prepared at the graduate level. If you are also seeking an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) certificate, one letter should be from an APRN
- Resident of and evidence of valid, unrestricted RN licensure in an approved state. A current list of approved states can be found on our DNP admissions page
- A web-based admission interview with faculty
- Application fee of $50
Students should be prepared to provide documentation of any national certifications, such as an APRN, Nurse Executive, etc.
Upon admission, students should also be prepared to provide documentation of any precepted practicum/clinical hours earned through a graduate nursing program.
Prior to clinical/practicum experiences, students must also provide proof of the following:
- Specified health status requirements (immunization status, TB screening, etc. as delineated in the current Graduate Nursing Student Handbook);
- State and Federal background checks free from disqualifying offenses
- Malpractice insurance. Students in the APRN program tracks are required to have nurse practitioner malpractice insurance; students in the Nurse Leader/Executive or Nurse Educator program track are required to have registered nurse malpractice insurance. Insurance provided by the employer is not acceptable.
When considering an online program that leads to a professional license in a state other than Ohio, it is highly recommended that prospective students contact the appropriate licensing agency in that state to seek information and additional guidance before beginning the program.
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