Application Instructions

Listed below are materials needed to apply. Applications are accepted for fall enrollment only.


The application deadline for Fall 2014 enrollment is January 15.

Application process

Applications for the DNP program are submitted through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). The application cycle is now open for the DNP program starting in Fall 2014.

The following materials must be submitted directly to NursingCAS:

  • Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended
  • Three recommendations. At least one recommendation should be from a current supervisor; the other recommendations may be from professors or other employers.

In addition to the required application fields, please also complete the "Professional Experience" section of the application. Click here to access the NursingCAS application materials and instructions.

Personal statement

Prepare a personal essay that demonstrates advanced written communication skills and clarifies your purpose in pursuing a clinical doctorate in nursing. Do not exceed five typed, double-spaced pages. Handwritten essays will not be accepted. Please address the following topics:

  1. Describe a situation or event when you/your team had a significant impact on a patient or a group of patients. How have you been transformed by that experience?
  2. In your opinion, what are the most pressing health concerns today?
  3. As a doctorally prepared nurse, what might you do to help reduce health disparities?
  4. Each DNP candidate completes a systems change project; what topic(s) might you incorporate into your systems change project? What resources are available to help you complete this project within two years?
  5. What do you envision yourself doing in five years?

Personal statements should be submitted via email as attached documents to the Office of Graduate Admission at Please include your full name at the top of your statement, and list "DNP Personal Statement" in the email's subject line.

TOEFL / MELAB scores

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 600 or better on the paper and pencil test, 100 on the iBT or 250 on the computerized test, or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a score of 90 or better.

This requirement is waived for students who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States.

International application

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit an International Student Application and Certification of Finances, in addition to the DNP program application. No additional application fee is required.

Selection process

Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Each application that has been completed with the items listed above and received by St. Catherine University will be considered by the Admission Committee. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.