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DNP Admission Requirements

ProgramStart Term*Application Deadline
Doctor of Nursing PracticeSpring-Early JanuaryAugust 1

*Applications are accepted on a year around basis for the next start term.

Please review QUICK FACTS about the Doctor of Nursing Practice program to determine if it fits your personal and career goals.

Online Advising Sessions
Please join our virtual chat sessions so that you may engage with the DNP admission counselor about the program, admission process, timeline, etc. We look forward to our interations with you in the chat room!

JUL-21-2014  10 am-12 pm PT

CRNA/FNP/DNP Virtual Chat

AUG-07-2014 2 pm- 4 pm PT

CRNA/FNP/DNP Virtual Chat

AUG-20-2014 11 am- 1 pm PT

CRNA/FNP/DNP Virtual Chat

SEP-09-2014  12 pm-2 pm PT

CRNA/FNP/DNP Virtual Chat

SEP-29-2014  9 am- 11am PT

CRNA/FNP/DNP Virtual Chat

OCT-13-2014  10 am- 12 pm PT

CRNA/FNP/DNP Virtual Chat

NOV-03-2014  2 pm- 4 pm PT

CRNA/FNP/DNP Virtual Chat

NOV-21-2014  10 am- 12 pm PT

CRNA/FNP/DNP Virtual Chat

DEC-05-2014 11 am-1 pm PT

CRNA/FNP/DNP Virtual Chat


To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Master of Science in Nursing (Master's degrees in other health-related fields along with a BSN will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.) For Post-Baccalaureate DNP program, a Master's degree is not required.
  • Current RN licensure in state of residence
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher on MSN coursework
  • The need for a TOEFL will be assessed based on information provided by applicants on the application for admission. If required, a minimum score of 100 (Internet Based Test) must be achieved and official score results must be provided.
  • A college or university level Statistics course must have been completed within the past three years with a grade of "B" or higher. If you have completed a statistics course more than three years ago, you may take another course (see attached list for suggestions for online statistics courses) or you may provide verification of successful completion (CE Certificate) of the KLIMES INSTITUTE statistics course, see  ( STATISTICS S101 & S201).

Application Checklist: once you have the documents below ready, please complete our online application for admission.

  • Copies of all transcripts. Unofficial copies will need to be uploaded as a PDF into the online application. Official copies will be required upon acceptance into the program.
  • Contact person to verify how many clinical hours you completed in your MSN program.
  • Uploaded copy of your goal statement (1-2 pages, typed, double spaced)
  • Uploaded copy of your scholarly work
  • Contact information for the three (3) persons you supplying your letters of reference. Letters must be from: recent supeervisor, nursing colleague, and a non-nursing professional colleague.
  • Uploaded copy of your resume
  • Uploaded copy of your RN license (s)
  • Copies of other certifications you would like considered along with your application.


Tuition for the DNP is provided here. Please refer to the SMU financial aid website for additional information on financing the cost of your DNP program.


We are pleased to offer an information session regarding the FNP/DNP program. The session is scheduled for:

  • TBA

​VIRTUAL DROP-INS - Join a DNP Chat Online

We are pleased to offer virtual drop-ins to prospective DNP students.  You are welcome to virtually "drop in" and ask quick, general questions of an Admission Counselor.  This is entirely online.  The summer Drop-Ins have been completed, but you may inquire with Che Abram, Assistant Director of Admission, about upcoming dates.  When posted, you may click on the date and time below to join the chat!  Please click here for more information about VIRTUAL DROP-INS.  After you have reviewed the general chat information and are ready to start the chat, click a date and time and join the live chat.

  • Future Dates TBA


For more information about the DNP program, curriculum, etc:

Michelle DeCoux Hampton, RN, PhD
Associate Professor SMU School of Nursing
Interim DNP Director  

If you have questions about the application, application process or about admission to the DNP program, please contact:

Che L. Abram
Assistant Director of Admission