Highly motivated undergraduates may apply to the DNP Early
The Early Assurance Program offers the opportunity for early
acceptance to UB’s DNP programs in Adult/Gerontology, Family
and Psychiatric/Mental Health for well-qualified undergraduate
students focused on becoming nurse practitioners.
About DNP Early Assurance
The Early Assurance Program provides the advantage of allowing
motivated students to begin working on their DNP while
simultaneously obtaining work experience as an RN. Undergraduate
students (at UB and other nursing schools) can apply to the nurse
practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs after the
fall semester of their senior year. Accepted applicants must
complete the remaining degree requirements to attain their
bachelor's degree in nursing and pass the NCLEX-RN before entering
the DNP program on a part-time basis the following fall. Applicants
admitted through the School of Nursing early assurance program will
NOT be required to take the GRE or MAT and will receive full
consideration for scholarships and federal traineeship awards upon
Applicants must have progressed to the final semester of
undergraduate study in nursing and achieved a minimum nursing GPA
of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at their bachelor’s degree-granting
Applicants must be enrolled in the final semester of a nursing
BS/BSN program (traditional, accelerated or RN to BS/BSN).
Applicants must have completed at least 100 credit hours of
undergraduate study prior to application to the program.
Students who graduate from their baccalaureate nursing program
in December can still apply for Early Assurance, but they will have
to apply for the following fall semester, as we do not accept Early
Assurance students in the spring.
The application process is now entirely online. In order to be
considered for fall or summer admission without having to submit a
GRE or MAT score, all of the following must be uploaded by the
A completed graduate application with $75 fee (select the DNP
application for your chosen specialty)
Official copies of transcripts from all colleges or
universities attended by the applicant. Transcript must include
final fall grades.
Three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty and/or
clinical preceptors. At least two of these letters must be from
clinical course faculty.
Qualified applicants being considered for DNP acceptance through
the Early Assurance Program may be invited for an admissions
interview with School of Nursing faculty.
Applicants not accepted through the Early Assurance Program
will not be precluded from applying to the School of Nursing
through the standard application process that requires a GRE or MAT
score, nor will it disadvantage the candidate in any way.
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