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What type of faculty support is available to DNP students?
What are my financial aid options?
Does my state have approval for me to attend an online program in IL?
What are the requirements for Transfer of Credits into the DNP program?
Do you need the GRE?
Is it possible to switch between the DNP Clinical and DNP Leadership programs?
What is the location for my practicum hours?
Approximately how long will it take me to complete the program?
What are the admission requirements for the DNP program?
- Earned Master’s degree in nursing, from an accredited program or school, with a GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4 point scale.
- DNP-Clinical option: applicant must be credentialed as an Advanced Practice Nurse and licensed in the state in which he or she practices.
- DNP-Leadership option: applicant must have a bachelors in nursing and a masters in health administration, leadership or other masters approved by the Dean of the graduate program or graduate committee
- Submission of a professional portfolio that includes:
- Statement of reason(s) for seeking the DNP
- Curriculum vitae with publications listed (if applicable)
- Copy of license (RN and/or APN) from the state (or states) where applicant is currently licensed.
- Education experience and certification in an advanced practice specialty
- Narrative description of current and past clinical practice, leadership or educational experience
- Three letters of reference (at least one from a former faculty or academic advisor and at least one from a former employer)
- 500 to 1,000-word typed essay outlining goals, objectives and focused area of interest in pursuing the DNP.
- A graduate level statistics course within the past five years, or equivalent experience to be determined by the graduate dean.
- Transcripts for the DNP-Clinical option must show completion of graduate level Advanced Health Assessment, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology as separate courses.
- Personal interview