Admission Requirements and Program Outcomes – Doctor of Nursing Practice: Executive Leadership or Advanced Practice

  1. Completed application.
  2. Master’s degree in nursing or related field (e.g. MBA, MPA, MHA) from a nationally accredited program.
  3. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in graduate coursework.
  4. Registered professional nurse license.
  5. Advanced practice registered nurse licensure (APN) if applicable.
  6. Successful completion of an undergraduate or graduate-level statistics course and a graduate-level nursing research course.
  7. A notarized copy of the photo page of a government-issued identification such as passport or driver’s license.
  8. Two letters of recommendation.
  9. Curriculum vitae or resume.
  10. Written statement and essay.
  11. Personal interview.
  12. Requirements specific to the program track.
DNP Advanced Practice Program Track Admission Requirements:
  1. Master of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  2. National certification in a specialty.
  3. Current professional practice in the Advanced Practice role.
DNP Executive Leadership Program Track Admission Requirements:
  1. A Master’s degree in nursing or related field (i.e., MBA, MPA, MHA).
  2. Portfolio assessment (May indicate need for additional coursework and/or additional hours).

Visit the graduate catalog for additional admissions criteria.

For International Students
  1. A minimum score of 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL or 550 on the paper-based TOEFL is required of graduates of non-English speaking countries.
  2. International academic credentials are reviewed by an international accrediting agency (World Education Services) on an individual basis.
Program Outcomes – Doctor of Nursing Practice

Upon completion of the Master of the Doctor of Nursing Practice, the graduate will be able to:

  • Integrate nursing science and theories from other disciplines in the development and evaluation of new practice approaches that will improve health care delivery.
  • Effect changes in clinical nursing practice through organizational and systems leadership using systems theory as a framework for quality improvement.
  • Critically analyze current evidence to implement quality improvement modalities to promote effective, efficient and safe patient centered care.
  • Use information systems and technology to improve and transform health care, which contributes to improved patient outcomes.
  • Implement health policy initiatives that focus on clinical prevention and optimal health for vulnerable populations while advocating for social justice, equity, and ethical polices in health care.
  • Collaborate with all members of the health care team to improve patient-centered care and to benchmark outcomes and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Implement and analyze clinical prevention and intervention initiatives for diverse populations in order to effect improvement in the nation’s health.
  • Advance the nursing profession through leadership initiatives that support other nurses to achieve excellence in advanced nursing practice.
  • Lead with ethical comportment in all aspects of advanced nursing practice.