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How to apply
Fulfill the admission requirements:
- Completed baccalaureate or master’s degree from a nationally accredited nursing program.
- Minimum GPA of 3.5 for applicants with a master’s degree in nursing.
- For applicants without a master’s degree, an average GPA of 3.3 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate nursing course work.
- Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements for their BSN or MS also may provide additional evidence documenting examples of outstanding professional leadership, practice and/or scholarship for special consideration.
- If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.
This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend applying early as applications are considered as they are received.
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Gather your papers
Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:
- Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Unofficial transcripts suffice for application; if you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
- Additional evidence of your outstanding professional leadership, practice or scholarship for special consideration if you don’t meet the GPA requirements.
- TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or C1 Advanced score reports for applicants whose native language is not English. For information on sending test scores, visit the Grad School website.
- Essay (three to five pages) describing your professional goals and how participation in the DNP program will enhance these goals. Identify a topic or practice-based problem that you might address in your final, scholarly project. This project should be large enough to result in change at the organizational, system, regional or national level; new or revised state health policy; or the establishment of a significant new health-related service to a population or geographic region.
- Copies of current, unencumbered registered nurse license(s.)
- Copies of all advanced practice nursing certification and/or credentialing/recognition documents (for applicants with masters’ degrees).
- Verification of clinical hours from previous MSN and/or certificate programs.
- Curriculum vitae documenting education, work experience, leadership, professional organization activities and scholarly endeavors (e.g. publications, presentations, research, honors, awards).
- Three professional recommendations from master’s or doctorally prepared nurses or faculty members who can address your potential or ability to function in the advanced practice nursing role (i.e. clinical skills, critical thinking, independent decision making, collaboration and communication with other health professionals, and leadership abilities).
- If you are currently enrolled in a nursing program, submit at least one recommendation from a current faculty member in that program.
- Do not include recommendations from friends, fellow staff nurses or ministers.
- Submit names and contact details for recommendation providers within the online application.
Complete the MU Graduate School application
After you’ve been notified that your application to the program has been reviewed and accepted by the Sinclair School of Nursing, you will formally apply to MU through the Graduate School.
Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.
- Degree/Delivery: Doctorate- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
- Academic Program: Nursing/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care-Distance (DNP)