Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Admission Requirements

Applicants applying for admission to the DNP Program must have:

  • An earned master’s degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • hold a current license as a registered nurse in the State of Texas or have proof of licensure in another state; and not have an encumbered license to practice nursing in another jurisdiction
  • An official transcript of all academic work (undergraduate and graduate) from each college or university previously attended
  • A minimum of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale during undergraduate studies, and a minimum of 3.30 during master’s degree graduate studies
  • Completed master’s level courses in nursing research and advanced statistics.
  • A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score: Verbal 500, Quantitative 500, Analytic 3, and Writing Analysis 3.5
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member in a nursing program
  • A current resume or curriculum vita
  • Documentation of a completed state and/or federal background check, including fingerprints
  • An interview with the program admission committee members
  • Certification and recognition as an advance practice nurse (FNP)
  • A scholarly writing sample (e.g., thesis, publication, professional paper, or proposal)
  • Strong commitment for program completion and leadership in an advanced nursing practice role

Applicants, who have not completed a graduate statistics course or master’s level course in nursing research in less than five years, will be required to complete one master’s and/or advanced statistics before or upon entering the DNP sequence of courses.  Satisfactory performance with a minimum grade of “B” will be required, and the student must complete the nursing research and/or statistics course within the first semester of enrollment in the program.


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