Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree Program Admission Requirements

The DNP program enrolls new students six times per year. The college looks for candidates with the following qualifications for the DNP online degree program:

  • A degree in nursing at the master’s level or higher from an institution accredited by either a regional accrediting agency or an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

  • Current, active unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the student’s state of residence.  All students must maintain this licensure throughout the program of study.  Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the College.

  • Minimum CGPA of 3.0 from the master’s level or higher degree in nursing.

  • Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language, and applicants whose native language is not English, must demonstrate English-language proficiency.*

  • Before entering the practicum courses, students choosing the Advanced Practice Leadership specialty track must provide proof of current, active national certification as an APRN or authority/licensure to practice as an APRN in the state where student will conduct the practicum.

Prospective students must complete an application for admission and interview with a Chamberlain admission representative. It is strongly recommended that completed applications, along with any supporting materials for admission, be submitted as early as possible for consideration for the next semester start. When all admission requirements are fulfilled, applicants are notified in writing of their admission status.

Our admission representatives are available to answer your questions about admission requirements and walk you through the application process. Call us at 877.751.5783.

*Degrees obtained from non-U.S. schools will be considered based on evaluation of transcripts by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES) approved evaluating agency.

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