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Eligibility Requirements


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. 

Application Process

Candidates for the DNP program apply using the standard Graduate and Professional Studies application. Only completed applications will be reviewed by the School of Nursing for admission consideration. A completed application includes the following items*:

  • Complete graduate 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
    • A former faculty member from previous MSN program who is qualified to evaluate the candidate’s academic competence for doctoral study
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Proof of certification/licensure
  • International students must submit TOEFL scores

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.

*Once applicants successfully complete the online graduate application, they will receive an email request to submit additional materials (transcripts, essay, letters of recommendation, resume, licenses) directly to Edgewood College.

Request Additional Information

 If you have questions regarding admission, please contact: 

Jenna Alsteen

Monroe St
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Deming Way
1255 Deming Way
Madison, WI 53717
Phone: (800) 444-4861
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