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Eligibility Requirements

Admission

New students may begin the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Leadership program in the fall, spring or summer semesters. Candidates seeking admission to Edgewood College’s DNP program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Graduated with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a nationally-accredited baccalaureate degree in a nursing program and a 3.3 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited master's degree 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 (unless a graduate statistics course was successfully completed as part of a master's degree conferred within the last three years)
  • Hold a current registered nursing license
  • Practiced for a minimum of one year as a Registered Nurse in the United States (preferred)

*BSN-prepared candidates with a master’s degree in a discipline other than nursing may also be considered for admission. If a candidate’s master’s degree is not an MSN, his/her program of study will be evaluated for coursework that prepares him/her 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. 

Application Process

Candidates for the DNP program apply using this application. Only completed applications will be reviewed by the School of Nursing for admission consideration. A completed application includes the following items:

  • Complete DNP application
  • Official post-secondary transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Reason for Study Essay (please click here for more information)
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Two letters must come from nursing colleagues (at least one from a supervisor) that can address potential competency in graduate level studies
    • One letter should come from a former faculty member from your MSN program who is qualified to evaluate academic competence for doctoral study
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Proof of licensure (required) and certification (optional)
  • International students must submit TOEFL scores

Once applicants successfully complete the online application, they will receive an email request to submit additional materials (transcripts, essay, letters of recommendation, resume, and licenses) directly to Edgewood College.  After all application materials have been received and reviewed by the School of Nursing, qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview with the Graduate Admissions and Progression committee. The decision of the Committee will be communicated within one week of the interview date.

Prior to beginning the DNP program’s Residency requirements, students will be required to complete a health form, criminal background check, and proof of a current RN license from the state/country in which they plan to complete their residency.

Request Additional Information

 If you have questions regarding admission, please contact: 

Jenna Alsteen
608-663-4255
Jalsteen@edgewood.edu