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Admission Requirements


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1. DNP Application for Admission and $25 Application Fee.

2. Current resume or curriculum vitae.

3. Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of Ohio or state of residency.

4. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended; must include an official transcript that indicates completion of a master's degree program in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program.

5. Minimum graduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

6. Official Graduate Record Examination scores from GREs taken within 7 years of this application (GRE information can be obtained online at gre.org).

7. Two letters of recommendation from previous faculty members and/or employers focusing on the applicant's previous work and potential for successfully completing the DNP program.

8. A succinctly written statement of clearly defined career goals consistent with expectations for DNP educational preparation (no more than two pages double-spaced); address proposed area of interest for capstone project.

9. After an initial screening of candidates, and at the request of the DNP program admissions committee, applicants will be asked to complete a personal interview with faculty. The purpose of the interview is to assess educational interests and motivation for successful completion of doctoral study in the DNP program.

10. International students, in addition to the above criteria, must also demonstrate proficiency in written and oral English, and must achieve a minimum score of 550 (paper-based score or equivalent computer-based score) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). In addition, international students must also comply with Ursuline College procedures for admission as an international student. Applicants accepted into the DNP program must be ready to start coursework in fall semester (typically the last week of August).


Applicants who delay must register for courses within two (2) years of acceptance into the DNP program or the acceptance is voided. Fall semester is the necessary starting semester for appropriate course sequencing.

Students wishing to transfer into the DNP program must be in good academic standing at their current institutions. Acceptable transfer credits are determined by the College. At this time, a maximum of 6 credits carrying only an A or B grade for courses taken within ten years of conferring the doctorate may be transferred into the DNP program.