What makes the program distinguished?

The BS to DNP program offers nurses with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing to achieve the highest level of nursing practice, for advanced roles as innovative clinical and policy change agents.

This 65-credit program is the highest achievement in clinical nursing practice. Six highly specialized tracks offer students their choice of intensive, focused degree options that prepare graduates for employment in competitive clinical and nonclinical nursing careers.


  • Family Nurse Practitioners work in primary care settings. Their focus is care of the family. Student practicums will be in primary care settings such as family medical clinics, urgent care clinics, community clinics, schools, and correctional facilities to provide primary and urgent care to individuals and families across the lifespan. (Course Plan)
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners provide mental health treatment to patients across the lifespan. They educate their patients about their diagnosis and help manage treatment plans. Practicums will be in outpatient or in-patient behavioral clinics. (Course Plan)
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners provide care to patients suffering from chronic, acute or severe illnesses. Practicums are in hospital or specialty clinic settings. (Course Plan)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists provide direct patient care by providing education, improvement projects and delivery of health care services to specific populations of patients. Practicums will be in hospital settings. (Course Plan)
  • Nurse Executives work in an administrative or leadership role to manage patient services and support organizational goals. Practicums will be in hospital or community settings. (Course Plan)
  • Informatic nurses use data and technology to improve evidence-based care to improve the delivery of health care. Practicums will be in hospital or community settings. (Course Plan)
  • Community Public Health Nurses educate communities about health issues and work to improve access to health care. Practicums are placed in public health departments, nurse organizations, schools, and community clinics.  (Course Plan)

Prerequisites are the following:

  • a bachelor’s degree or a master’s in Nursing from a professionally accredited program with a minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale);
  • one year of clinical experience relevant to the chosen specialty;
  • completion of an upper-level undergraduate course in statistics (within the last five years) with a grade of B or higher;
  • completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) if the previous GPA undergraduate and graduate degree GPA calculated by the Graduate School is less than 3.2.
Application Process

To be considered for admission, all applicants must apply through the Graduate School’s application system, Panthera. Select Apply Now, College of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice/DNP.  You will need to submit the Graduate School Application with the following:

  • a non-refundable application fee;
  • unofficial transcripts from each academic institution attended where at least 9 or more credits were attempted or completed from each school.
  • applicants are required to submit official transcripts after an admission offer is accepted.
  • current Curriculum Vitae;
  • references from three (3) different people who are willing to submit a reference acknowledging that you are knowledgeable about your academic experience and potential for graduate study in nursing.
  • personal Statement: 3-4 pages, double spaced, addressing the following five (5) components:
    • Overview of professional experiences
    • Short and long term professional goals
    • Nursing practice interests
    • Motivation for pursuing a doctoral degree
    • Educational objectives you hope to pursue if admitted;
  • two (2) original works that reflect your scholarship and writing ability. Examples of original works could be: evidence-based projects, clinical guidelines, examples of QI/QA projects in which you had a primary role and published articles reflecting aspects of research. If you do not have two (2) examples of scholarly work, you may substitute one or two written papers in lieu of one or both original works. The papers must be 5-7 pages in length using APA format. Choose from the following paper topics:
      • Select a current, controversial issue facing health care today and discuss the issue. Provide a description of the issue, the
        controversy and its impact on health care providers
      • Funding primary prevention has been cited as a potential cost containment measure towards controlling skyrocketing health
        care costs. Define primary prevention and provide examples of how this might be true
      • Advance practice nurses (APNs) fill a unique niche in health care delivery. Discuss the role of APNs and their impact on
        health care outcomes.
  • RN License: submit evidence of your current RN license from the United States (must include license number);
  • an interview with a faculty member may be requested.

For More Information

Jennifer Daood
Doctoral Programs
Senior Advisor