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DNP Early Assurance Program

Highly motivated undergraduates may apply to the DNP Early Assurance Program.

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 matriculation.

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 at their bachelor’s degree-granting institution.
  • Program - Applicants must be enrolled in the final semester of a BSN program (traditional, accelerated, or RN-BSN)
  • Progression - 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.

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.

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