DNP Criteria for Admissions


Note: If you are interested in the post-baccalaureate program, consult the admission criteria for the M.S. in Nursing program.


DNP Admissions Requirements

  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Have earned a 3.3 GPA in master’s work.
  • Be a graduate of an accredited advanced practice nursing program. An advanced practice nursing program is defined as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified registered nurse anesthetist, or nurse midwife program.
  • Have a NYS license as a registered nurse, NYS certificate as an advanced practice nurse, or have eligibility and national professional certification in an APN specialty, if eligible. (Students from other states will need to supply appropriate licensure and certification credentials.)
  • Provide proof of immunizations.
  • Have a minimum of one full-time year of post-master’s clinical experience or equivalent prior to entering the DNP clinical courses.
  • Have taken an undergraduate statistics course within the last five years or have earned a master’s in nursing within the last ten years.
  • Currently be practicing as an advanced practice nurse.

DNP Admissions Process

Phase #1

Submit the following:

  • Completed Online Application or Application Form [pdf]
  • Two letters of recommendation from:
    • A doctorally prepared academician or a health care provider.
    • A supervisor in an employment setting
    • A practicing APN familiar with the applicant’s intellectual ability, academic achievement, clinical expertise, and professional commitment
  • Current résumé of no more than five pages
  • Copies of all professional licenses and certifications
  • Writing sample in the form of the Professional Education Statement. The statement should be no more than five pages in a Word document, double spaced in 12 point font with one inch margins, and include the following:
    • Your reasons for applying to the DNP program
    • Your educational and professional goals, short and long term, and how the DNP program will help you reach these goals
    • How the degree will enhance your clinical practice
    • How you plan to accommodate the program’s rigorous weekend curriculum, commuting and/or travel, all of your competing activities, and doctoral study
    • The population that you would like to focus on for your DNP project and describe one clinical problem related to the population that your project will help address
    • How, as a doctorally prepared advance practice nurse, you will contribute (e.g., through education, research, and practice) to enhance the health and quality of life for people of all cultures, economic levels, and geographic locations

Phase #2

If you meet the requirements for admission, you will be invited to participate in a formal interview process and will complete a written case analysis.

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