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DNP Program Admission Requirements

  • Academic Preparation: A master's degree in a nursing specialty from an accredited college or university as evidenced by an official transcript and current certification as a Nurse Practitioner ("NP") or a Certified Nurse Midwife (“CNM”), who is an advanced practice registered nurse, educated in a specified area of care and certified according to the requirements of a nationally recognized certifying body.
  • Official Transcripts: Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • GPA: A minimum overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale for courses counted toward the student's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Master in Nursing (MN) degree, as indicated by official transcript is required for regular admission status.
  • Licensure and Certification: Evidence of current unencumbered Louisiana Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) license with no restrictions and national certification as a nurse practitioner or nurse midwife.
  • Years of Experience: Evidence of three (3) years of full-time APRN clinical practice experience as a certified NP or certified mid-wife within the past five (5) years.
  • GRE: A satisfactory Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score taken within 5 years of the application.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recommendation from (1) A former faculty member in a graduate nursing program. (2) An employer or advanced level professional in research, education, or leadership / administration who can attest to applicant's competencies and expertise as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN); and (3) An individual of the applicant's choice who can attest to the applicant's character, level of integrity, professional traits, and the ability to successfully complete a doctorate in nursing practice program with academic excellence.
  • Statement of Interest: Submission of a 500-1000-word statement of interest that addresses the applicant's personal goals for doctoral study which are congruent with the DNP Program goals and how DNP education is important to the fulfillment of applicant's career goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume: Submission of current curriculum vitae / resume which includes dated employment history and clinical practice experience, licenses, certifications, honors, awards, professional memberships, and scholarly works, such as grants, publications, and presentations.
  • Sample of Scholarly Writing: Scholarly writing sample in health care or nursing research, including any publications or research.
  • Interview: An interview of the applicant.
Application Submission:  To apply online for admissions to the SUBR Graduate School and the School of Nursing Graduate Nursing Program, please visit
Admissions Application Deadlines:  April 15 (Fall Semester) and November 1 (Spring Semester)
Review and Notification Process:  Once the SUBR Graduate School receives a complete application packet with all required materials, it is forwarded to the School of Nursing Graduate Nursing Program Admissions Committee for review.  The Graduate Nursing Program Admissions Committee reviews the application packet and renders the admission recommendation to the Chair of the Graduate Nursing Program and the Dean of the School of Nursing. Each applicant is notified of the admissions decision by the Graduate School and the School of Nursing.