DNP Entry Options

Entry Option 1:
The first entry option is for the advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, or clinical nurse specialist), who has a Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN) and is ready to complete the clinical doctoral degree. These students apply directly to the PM-DNP program.

Entry Option 2:
The second entry option is for the registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing who is ready to complete the clinical doctoral degree and move into advanced practice in one of five specialties. The specialties offered are Adult-Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner- Acute Care (PNP-AC), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP), Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP), and Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (ANP-GNP).  These students apply to the BSN to DNP program into their specialty.  Students in the BSN to DNP may add a second specialty to their program of study after admission.  The second specialty will be completed within the DNP and will be available for financial aid.  This may add up to 5 courses to the program of study.

Entry Option 3:
The third entry option is for the registered nurse who has a Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN), is not an advanced practice nurse but is ready to complete the clinical doctoral degree and move into advanced practice in one of the five specialties. These students will apply as if they are a BSN to DNP student and apply directly into the specialty.  Courses from the MSN may be transferred after review by the School of Nursing and Health Professions Petition Committee.  

Entry Option 4:
The fourth entry option is for the registered nurse who has a Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN) who is a certified nurse practitioner, and wants to add one of our five specialties.  These students will apply to the Post Masters (PM) to DNP program and identify the specialty of interest during the admission process in their goal statement.  An individualized program of study will be developed after admission. This may add up to 5 courses to the program of study, but this does not increase the length of time to complete the DNP.