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DNP Program - Admissions

Admissions Requirements

Prospective students without a MS degree in nursing will be enrolled in the MS/ANP or MS/PNP program before continuing on through the DNP program. Students with some MS course credit will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing. International students must graduate from a nursing program that has undergone comparable review per AACN Baccalaureate Essentials criteria and must score a minimum of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL.
  • A minimum undergraduate nursing cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0, on a four-point scale, or equivalent "B" average. Note: Applicants not meeting this criterion may be considered for conditional admission status.
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which practice will occur.
  • Evidence of successful completion (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) of an upper division statistics course (STAT 30100, SOC 38200, SOC 58100, STAT 50100, STAT 51100, or other course deemed comparable by the School of Nursing Admissions Committee.) taken within the last 5 years. Alternately, one may be taken concurrently with the first semester of graduate coursework. Click here to see the Math, Algebra and Statistics Tutorials.
  • A personal interview may be requested.
  • Basic computer competency including word processing and use of the Internet.
  • Grades in all previous master's course work of "B" or better.

Also see the DNP admissions policy.

Application Procedure

The Purdue Graduate School application must be completed electronically; send all other materials to:

Attn: Graduate Admissions Committee
School of Nursing, Johnson Hall
502 N. University St.
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
(765) 494-9248
The following documents must be submitted:

  1. The Graduate School Application Form. This is to be completed on-line at the Graduate School Web site:
  2. Two official (original) transcripts from each school attended.
  3. A 300-500 word essay, which addresses your reasons for pursuing the Doctor of Nursing Practice, career goals, and practice interests.
  4. Three letters of recommendation evaluating your scholarly potential. One should be from a clinical advisor or supervisor, one from an academic advisor or faculty member, and one from a nursing peer.
  5. A curriculum vita or resume.
  6. A copy of your current registered nurse license.

All electronic transcripts must be sent to

Action on Admissions

  • The Admissions Committee will select the best qualified applicants for the DNP program based on a composite assessment of:
    • Academic performance in all coursework taken, with particular emphasis on the sciences (because of their relationship to assessing analytical problem-solving abilities), patterns of course withdrawals and course repeats, and the nature of general education course selections.
    • Applicant-supplied information and statements on the application form.
    • Recommenders' statements.
    • Personal interview with faculty, as invited.
    • Writing and verbal communication skills.
    • Applicant's initiative to seek out firsthand knowledge about various nursing practice environments.
    • Applicant's initiative to seek out firsthand knowledge about various nursing practice environments.
  • All applicants will initially be reviewed for evidence of basic qualifications for admission to the graduate program, and those most qualified will be invited for a personal interview.
  • Admissions will be granted to the most highly qualified applicants.

Confirmation of Admission

If you receive an offer of admission to the School of Nursing, it must be accepted within 14 days after the date of the letter of offer.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is supported in part by a grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust.
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