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D.N.P. Admission

Entry Options

The D.N.P. program includes post-baccalaureate and post-master’s entry options.

Post-Master’s D.N.P. Program Admission Criteria

  1. Completion of a master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  2. Preference is given to applicants with 3.25 grade-point averages in the master’s program; the minimum grade-point average in the master’s program to be considered is 3.0.
  3. Potential for leadership and application of scholarship in nursing.
  4. Potential to provide expert advanced clinical care or expert service in functional area.
  5. National certification in specialty area (if available).
  6. A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.
  7. For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language or the International English Language Testing System taken within the last 2 years is required. Visit KUMC Graduate Studies for information.
  8. A prerequisite graduate-level course in statistics is required.

Post-Baccalaureate D.N.P. Program Admission Criteria

  1. Completion of a B.S.N. from a nationally accredited program.
  2. Preference is given to applicants with 3.5 grade-point averages in the B.S.N. program; the minimum grade-point average in the B.S.N. program to be considered is 3.0.
  3. Potential for leadership and application of scholarship in nursing.
  4. Potential to provide expert advanced clinical care or expert service in functional area.
  5. A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.
  6. For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language or the International English Language Testing System taken within the last 2 years is required. Visit KUMC Graduate Studies for information.
  7. A prerequisite graduate-level course in statistics is required.

Admission Process

Application deadlines are:

  • Post-master’s entry:
    March 1 for fall semester
  • Post-baccalaureate entry:
    April 1 for fall semester
    September 1 for spring semester

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed application for graduate study;
  • Official transcripts of all academic work toward the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing (KUMC provides the University of Kansas record);
  • 3 references from advanced-practice nurses, nursing faculty, or physicians who are able to attest to the applicant’s potential ability to practice at the highest level of advanced nursing practice and to engage in scholarly activity and leadership roles;
  • A statement of career goals and practice interests;
  • A résumé;
  • Evidence of current licensure as a professional nurse in 1 state;
  • Nonrefundable application fee. See the School of Nursing website for the fee.

The admissions committee of the School of Nursing reviews application materials. Specialty area faculty may request an interview with a student.

See also Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

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