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Admission Requirements for the DNP Program

Education

  • Post-baccalaureate DNP applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • Post-master’s DNP applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing or another field AND:
    • A master’s degree in nursing from a program accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission OR
    • A graduate nurse anesthesia degree from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists OR
    • A graduate nurse-midwifery degree from a program accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwives Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher in a bachelor’s, and if applicable, master’s program
  • Written goal statement congruent with program’s philosophy and focus
  • Official transcripts from all previous college work

Practice/Professional

  • 1 year of full-time nursing practice preferred
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Students must hold a current, unencumbered RN license in each state or United States territory where practice or clinical experiences occur.
  • Vancouver DNP Students: Every effort is made to place you in a location which is convenient to you with a schedule that works with your current schedule; however, travel and adjustments to your schedule are often necessary. If you live in the greater Vancouver/Portland area, it is highly recommended that you hold a current and active license in both Oregon and Washington to open placement opportunities.
  • Oregon placements for DNP PMHNP students: We can do Oregon placements with the caveat that your first clinical course placement will likely need to be in Washington. The reason for this is that all placements in Oregon need to be approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN). For NP programs, the only acceptable preceptors are NPs and MDs. For your first clinical course, your preceptor will likely be a master’s prepared therapist, rather than an NP or MD because of the course requirement. The OSBN will not approve this specific preceptor, so we generally place in WA for this course. After the first course, you are free to be placed in Oregon.

International students are eligible to apply if they are eligible to obtain a current, unencumbered RN license in each state or United States territory where practice or clinical experiences occur. International applicants must meet general Graduate School international applicant requirements.

References/Interviews

  • 3 letters of reference
  • Written interview
  • A telephone or in-person interview may be required in addition to the written interview

Additional Admission Requirements

For a complete list of nursing requirements for newly admitted students, visit our Admitted Students section.