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.
The Early Assurance Program allows 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 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.
The application for the 2021 Early Assurance cohort has closed. The application for the 2022 cohort will open December 2021.
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.
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 deadline:
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.