DNP: Admission Criteria
1. Degree Requirement:
Degree requirement must be complete before enrollment.
Students applying to the post-baccalaureate option must have a BSN from a CCNE or NLN accredited program or a baccalaureate degree in another field plus an ADN and RN license. Students with a baccalaureate degree in another field must complete additional transitional courses at the beginning of their program.
Students applying to the post-master's option must have a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program. It is recommended that students applying to the concentration in Executive
Nursing Leadership have a master’s degree in administrative nursing or equivalent graduate course work or experience.
All applicants will be evaluated individually based on prior educational work as well as current experience and their programs of study will be designed to include additional coursework, if necessary, to position them to achieve the educational objectives of the curriculum.
2. GPA Requirement:
Minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00 for last 60 hours of baccalaureate degree and a minimum of 3.00/4.00 on all work beyond the baccalaureate level.
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3. Course Requirement:
Introductory courses in statistics and in research or their equivalent to be completed prior to starting the DNP program. (Most applicants will have met this requirement with their BSN program)
4. GRE Requirement:
The GRE is (automatically) waived for applicants with a 3.25/4.00 cumulative GPA in their most recently completed (baccalaureate or graduate) degree. Applicants with less than a 3.25/4.00 in their most recent degree are required to submit official GRE scores by the application deadline.
- There is no formal request or application for the GRE waiver. Applicants who do not have a 3.25/4.00 GPA from their most recently completed degree should plan to submit GRE scores.
- The cumulative GPA is based on all course work completed for the most recently completed degree and will not be recalculated (see official transcript for final GPA). Courses completed after the most recent awarded degree cannot be used toward qualifying for the GRE waiver.
- No preference will be given during the application review process to applicants who qualify for the GRE waiver and have submitted (or plan to submit) GRE scores.
Please visit www.gre.org for more information on the GRE exam. Interested in taking a GRE prep course? The following organizations offer courses on the UIC campus: Kaplan GRE Prep Course and Getter Better Scores, Inc.
5. Interview Requirement:
Qualified applicants will be contacted by a faculty member for an interview.
6. Professional Nursing License Requirement:
All students in the post-baccalaureate option must have a current license as a Professional Registered Nurse (RN) from the State of Illinois prior to beginning of their second semester courses. Information about nursing licensure in Illinois may be obtained from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Students in the post-master's option must have a valid nursing license for the state in which they will be completing their practicum.
7. International Applicant Requirements:
TOEFL is required for applicants whose native language is other than English with a minimum score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based). For the TOEFL IBT scores, the minimums are Writing-21, Speaking-20, Listening-17, Reading-19 and total score-80. Please note that TOEFL scores over two years old are invalid. For the official IELTS, a minimum total score of 6.5 is required, with sub-section minimums of Listening-6, Writing-6, Reading-6 and Speaking-6.
For postsecondary coursework completed at an institution outside the United States, applicants must request a Full Education Course-by-Course Report evaluation of foreign credit from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).
For licenses in a political jurisdiction other than one of the United States, applicants must also request the Validation of Registration/License Report from CGFNS. Contact CGFNS: 3600 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-2651, 215.222.8454, www.cgfns.org, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon being recommended for admission, evidence of financial support for the first year is also required.
Visit the Office of Admissions and Records' International Admission Requirements website for further details about the information above.
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