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Eligibility Requirements

Minimum GPA

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.

Minimum GPAs are strictly enforced in the application review; no rounding and no exceptions. 


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 must work full time as a nurse starting in their fall semester after graduation.

Please Note

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.

Application Process

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 deadline:

  • 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.
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • 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.