New students may begin the DNP program in either the fall or spring semesters. Candidates seeking admission to Edgewood College’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Leadership program must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Graduated with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited BSN program and a 3.3 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited MSN program*
- A graduate statistics course completed in the last three years is strongly recommended before admission, but is absolutely required by the end of the first semester in the DNP program.
- Hold a current registered nursing license
- Practiced for a minimum of one year as a Registered Nurse in the United States (preferred)
*Candidates with a master’s degree in a relevant health care administrative specialty (i.e., MBA, MPH, MHA) may also be considered for admission. If a candidate’s master’s degree is not an MSN, their program of study will be evaluated for coursework that prepares them for DNP study. Non-MSN candidates may be asked to submit a portfolio of professional practice that highlights their knowledge, skills, and application of the MSN Essentials (i.e., research, health care policy, ethics, role development, foundations of nursing, human diversity and social issues, and health promotion). These students are often required to enroll in additional coursework prior to beginning the DNP program.