Applicants seeking admission to the DNP program must have:
1. A master’s degree, from an accredited institution, in nursing or a health related field (i.e., public health, or health administration) and national certification as an APRN (CNS, NP, CNM or CRNA) for preparation as clinicians, leaders or educators,
2. A master’s in nursing from an accredited institution in nursing leadership or administration, nursing education, or community health nursing for preparation as nurse educators or nurse leaders.
All Applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. A grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in overall graduate course work.
2. Pre-requisite courses for admission include master’s level coursework in Advanced Physical/Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology and Advanced Pharmacology and a course in inferential statistics within the past five years. Students with a degree other than nursing will be required to make up deficiencies in preparation, such as nursing theory, research, and transcultural nursing.
3. Current, unrestricted, California RN licensure or eligibility and advanced practice national certification and national furnishing/prescriptive authority if applicable, CPR card (BCLS and for Nurse Anesthesia, ACLS and PALS), medical clearance (physical exam, PPD or chest x-ray, MMR, Tdap, Hepatitis B and Varicella), proper automobile licensure and insurance are also required.
4. Eligible for credentialing within clinical site(s) as appropriate.
5. Three letters of reference and a personal written statement of purpose.
6. Official documentation of nursing practicum hours attained during the master’s degree program or the post-master’s certificate program.
7. Completion of the School of Nursing Application and proof of University application.
8. Completion of interviews and on-site writing sample, as requested.