Doctor of Nursing Practice Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


  1. Completion of a master's degree in nursing:
    • From a NLN, ACEN, CNEA or CCNE accredited nursing program
    • With a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • In an area of advanced practice (nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife) or as a nurse executive/nurse administrator
    • Including graduate courses in pharmacology, pathophysiology, advanced physical assessment, and statistics
  2. Unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice in a state or jurisdiction of the United States of America and eligible to apply for licensure in Georgia.
  3. Advanced practice national certification  and/or national certification as a nurse executive/nurse administrator or eligibility to site for national certification in these areas.  The candidate must attain national certification by the first semester of DNP study to be eligible to continue in the program.
  4. Copy of current curriculum vita according to guideines provided by admissions office.
  5. Confirmation of practicum/clinical hours from the director of prior master's program.
  6. Evidence of strong writing ability, potential leadership, and scholarship.
  • Applicants will be contacted by e-mail and asked to respond in writing to a select set of questions/statements.  Responses must be returned within a specified time period.
  1. Preference may be given to applicants meeting one or more of the following criteria:
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or greater in graduate coursework.
  • Distinguished leadership or scholarship.
  1. PLEASE NOTE:  The College of Nursing does not require a GRE or MAT score for consideration in acceptance to the Post-Masters DNP degree program.
  2. Applications are accepted and reviewed year round for fall enrollment.  Application deadline for fall admission is March 1.  Applications received after the March 1 deadline may be considered for rapid enrollment on a space available basis.
  3. International applicants must meet additional requirements for admission.  CLICK HERE for more information.