Now accepting applications for August 2018 start

Admissions Requirements:

Clinical Leadership Track

  • a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited institution;
  • a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale;
  • completion of a master's level statistics course with a grade of "B" or better within the last 5 years;
  • current licensure as a registered nurse in the United States;
  • national certification as an advanced practice nurse (NP, CNS, CNM, CRNA); international students are considered on a case-by-case basis relevant to their country’s advanced practice nursing equivalent;
  • evidence of a minimum of 500 precepted/supervised clinical practicum hours during the applicant’s advanced practice program;
  • evidence of the equivalent of 12 months of full-time advanced nursing practice within the last three years;

Executive Leadership Track

  • a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited institution;
  • master of science in nursing (MSN) degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale in one of the five following concentrations: Health Administration, Health Policy, Clinical Informatics, Clinical Leadership/Clinical Nurse Leader, or Public Health;
  • completion of a master's level statistics course with a grade of "B" or better within the last 5 years;
  • current licensure as a registered nurse in the United States;
  • national certification strongly recommended but not required;
  • the Director of the DNP Program will perform a gap analysis of all post-Master’s applicant transcripts to determine the amount of hours of practice post-baccalaureate is required in order to achieve the DNP competencies.
  • The DNP Program will provide up to 1,000 hours of practice post-baccalaureate as part of a supervised academic program that aligns with the corresponding DNP Essential(s) and to verify that standards specific to advanced practice have been met.

Register for a master's level statistics course here: DeSales Summer Classes

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