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DNP Admission Requirements

The following requirements must be met to be considered for admission into the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Acceptance is competitive and selections are based upon completed applications. You will be notified of your admission status within one month of submitting your application.

  1. Completed online graduate nursing application.
  2. Official transcripts of all previous college work. Must have a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) from an NLNAC, ACEN or CCNE accredited program with a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. An unencumbered RN license with eligibility for licensure in Indiana.
  4. Successful completion of a graduate level statistics course within the last five years with a grade of B or better. If the course is older than 5 years, you must successfully complete the online statistics module prior to the start of coursework.
  5. Advanced practice registered nurses must successfully complete graduate courses in advanced pharmacotherapeutics, advanced pathophysiology, and advanced health assessment prior to admission.
  6. Current resume.
  7. An essay of 500 words or less addressing your career goals related to the DNP, as well as a topic area for the evidence-based scholarly project.
  8. Three recommendation letters specifying your ability to be successful in doctoral coursework. Recommenders may be supervisors, academic professors, work colleagues or others who have worked with you in a professional setting. They must have a minimum of a master’s degree, although a doctoral degree is preferred.
  9. A non-refundable application fee of $60 payable to the University of Indianapolis.

Once your completed application is received, you may be contacted for a personal interview.

Additional requirements for international applicants

  1. A minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL.
  2. Course-by-course evaluation of foreign educational credentials. Because universities around the world differ, we require this evaluation to certify that you have completed the U.S. equivalent of both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Photocopies are not acceptable. Start by completing an online application for a credentials evaluation report with a reputable organization such as World Education Services, International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. or Education Credential Evaluators, Inc

Questions? Email Jane Kress, graduate academic advisor, or call 317-788-2128. 

Notice of non-discrimination

The University of Indianapolis does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation (or gender identity or expression) or age in its programs and activities.  The University complies with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Sean Huddleston, Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer 
1400 E. Hanna Avenue, Schwitzer Student Center, Indianapolis, IN 46227
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For further information on notice of non-discrimination, contact U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661.