Doctoral Admission Requirements

Doctoral Admission Requirements

Unconditional Admission - Doctoral Degree

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) students will be admitted only under unconditional admission status. Admission to the program will have limited availability. To be considered for unconditional admission to the DNP program the applicant must:

  1. Hold the required degree from a nationally-accredited program (ACEN or CCNE).
    Applicants are admitted as: 
    • Post BSN candidates
    • Post MSN candidates
  2. Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) on all nursing coursework if post-baccalaureate applicant or on all graduate coursework if post-masters applicant.
  3. Submit official transcripts for all post-secondary academic study
  4. Earn a minimum GRE score of 294. Note: This requirement is waived for post-MSN applicants.
  5. Possess a current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in Alabama or in the state where clinical practice will occur.
  6. Submit two letters of professional reference that address academic ability , professional competence, and leadership potential in nursing.
  7. Complete a successful interview by the Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee
  8. Submit a 800 to 1000 word essay describing professional goals and how completion of the DNP program will enhance future roles and practice.
  9. Submit a Resume that includes education, work experience in nursing, research experiences, publications, presentations, community service, professional memberships and service.
  10. Possess a valid certification in advanced practice nursing from a nationally recognized credentialing body or be eligible to take a nationally recognized certification exam. Note: This requirement applies only to post-MSN applicants.
  11. Submit documentation of academic clinical hours.

Conditional Admission - Doctoral Degree

All candidates for admission to the DNP program must meet the requirements of unconditional admission as described above. Conditional admission is not available for DNP applicants.

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