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Online DNP Admission Requirements

Post-Baccalaureate Entry: (Learn More Here)

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally accredited program. (Applicants currently enrolled in a BSN program can apply for Fall 2015 admissions as long as you will graduate and obtain your RN license prior to August 2015.)
  • Nursing grade point average (NSG-GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Preferred cumulative grade point average (CUM-GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate coursework (official transcripts for all post-secondary school coursework are required). Applicants who attended a BSN program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be a competitive applicant.
  • Undergraduate statistics course
  • Unencumbered, active registered nurse (RN) license in state where practicums will be conducted
  • Three references from professionals knowledgeable about the applicant's academic and nursing leadership potential (must use University forms that are available in the online application)
  • Current CV or Résumé
  • Personal essay that includes the applicant's professional goals, reason for wanting to study in a particular area of specialization, and how the applicant anticipates the role and scope of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, (500 to 600 words typed on one page)
  • GRE scores are not required.

Post-Master's Entry: (Learn More Here)

  • Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree* from a nationally accredited program and evidence of credentialing within the applicant's specialty.
  • Preferred cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework (official transcripts for all post-secondary school coursework are required).  Applicants who attended a BSN or MSN program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be a competitive applicant.
  • Verification of the amount of supervised clinical hours from the applicant's graduate program
  • Unencumbered, active advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) license in state where practicums will be conducted
  • A copy of current APRN specialty certification must be submitted (does not apply to Nurse Administrators)
    • If you are post-degree from a nurse practitioner program and are currently not certified, you are required to provide evidence of completion of graduate level courses in Health/Physical Assessment, Physiology/Pathophysiology(across the lifespan) and pharmacology (broad categories of drugs) within the past 5 years.  These must be three separate courses that meet current criteria for content based on the Concensus Model for APRN regulation (AACN, 2008)
  • Three references from professionals knowledgeable about the applicant's academic and nursing leadership potential (must use University forms that are available in the online application)
  • Statement of professional goals, including an indication of scholarly project to be undertaken in residency at the end of the program of study (500 to 600 words typed on one page)
  • Current CV or Résumé
  • Interview, if requested, by the Admissions, Progression, and Graduation Committee
  • GRE scores are not required.

Applicants eligible for admission to the Post-MSN DNP online degree program
*Nurse Practitioners with MSN degree and active license as an APRN and certification as a nurse practitioner.
*Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) can apply for post-MSN entry if seeking a doctorate degree in their CNS specialty.

Applicants ineligible for admission to the Post-MSN DNP online degree program
*Post-MSN Nurse Educators are not eligible to apply for Post-MSN entry, but can apply for Post–BSN entry.
*CRNA’s are not eligible to apply for the Post-MSN DNP program, but can apply for Post-BSN entry.
*Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) who are interested in becoming Nurse Practitioner are not eligible to apply for the Post-MSN DNP program, but can apply for Post-BSN entry.

Please review important state authorization information found here.

Guaranty Bond is posted online for access by students from North Carolina at: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/esl/em/admissions/application/nurs/8.1%20NCSuretyBond.pdf

International Applicants Due to the distance-education nature of this program, MUSC is unable to issue- I-20 forms to allow students to obtain F-1 student visas. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and those holding other valid U.S. visas will be accepted.

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