Nursing (DNP Dual-Degree) Application Instructions

Nursing (Dual-Degree) Eligibility and Prerequisite Requirements

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

Baccalaureate Degree

A completed bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).

Nursing Major 

The baccalaureate nursing program (i.e., initial major or upper division, post-baccalaureate second major) or comparable master’s-level program in which the nursing degree is awarded must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Grade Point Average

A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or higher on a 4.0 scale, and a grade of not less than 'B-' in every nursing course. Applicants who do not meet these requirements should provide an explanatory statement as part of the personal statement with rationale for an exception to the requirement.  

Nursing License

A current unencumbered nursing license.

Work Experience

All applicants must have a minimum of one year of clinical practice prior to beginning the graduate program. Dual-degree applicants for the MAOL and MBA options must have a minimum of two years of professional work experience.


How do I apply?

If you're a bachelor’s-prepared nurse who is seeking to expand your knowledge and skills to transform healthcare delivery and education, St. Catherine University welcomes your application for admission into one of our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) dual-degree options. Full information on admission requirements and procedures is listed below. As you explore the DNP dual-degree options and the admission process, we encourage you to attend an information session.

Application Process

Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application at the bottom of this page.

Deadline

The DNP dual-degree application priority deadline is July 1 for fall enrollment. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2020.

Personal Statement

Prepare a personal statement that addresses the following topics in separate essays. Do not exceed one typed, double-spaced page for each topic.

What are your professional and personal goals? How would this Dual Degree Program help you to achieve your
professional and personal goals? Be specific.

Identify and assess an important issue or opportunity for professionals in your field. Incorporate your own perspective on the roles and responsibilities of leaders relevant to this issue.

Please assess your personal strengths and weaknesses. Describe how they may impact your experience in the program. Be open and self-aware.

If you have already submitted the DNP dual degree application form, you may upload your personal statement via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application). Please include your full name at the top of the statement.

If you wish to submit the personal statement prior to the application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the statement as an attachment via email to graduateadmission@stkate.edu with "DNP Dual Degree Personal Statement" in the subject line.

Résumé

Submit a current résumé highlighting professional and volunteer experiences.

If you have already submitted the DNP dual degree application form, you may upload your résumé via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application).

If you wish to submit the résumé prior to the application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the résumé as an attachment via email to graduateadmission@stkate.edu with "DNP Dual Degree Résumé" in the subject line.

Recommendations

Two recommendations are required for DNP dual degree applicants.

At least one recommendation should be from a current supervisor; the other recommendation may be from a professor or other employer. Personal references are not acceptable.

A link to the recommendation form will be sent when the Recommendations section of the application form has been completed. Please alert your references in advance to expect an email from St. Catherine University. These are confidential recommendations submitted directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission; applicants who wish to view the recommendations are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.

Transcripts

Transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended (including PSEO coursework), even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned. For the initial review of your application, we will accept official transcripts sent directly from the institution or scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts. All documents must be up-to-date and include your name, institution name, all courses taken with grades and degrees received (if applicable). Screenshots from your institution’s website or degree evaluations from your student portal will not be accepted. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded using your applicant status page (a link is sent once you’ve started an application) or sent as an attachment to graduateadmission@stkate.edu.  

Upon an offer of acceptance, applicants are required to submit official transcripts from any institution where supporting courses were completed, as well as baccalaureate and graduate (if applicable) degree granting institutions, before registration for courses is allowed. Paper transcripts must be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the registrar of each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University. Transcripts that do not meet these criteria will be considered unofficial and will not be used to complete the applicant’s file. Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to St. Catherine (graduateadmission@stkate.edu); electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.

Test Scores

Applicants who do not meet the academic performance requirement (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) may be required to submit official scores:

DNP/MBA: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
DNP/MAOL: no test required
DNP/MHI: no test required

The test date must be within five calendar years prior to the term of intended enrollment. To have official scores submitted to St. Catherine University, use the institution code of 6105 (GRE), DPC (GMAT) or 1315 (MAT).

The test score requirement is waived for applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above, or who have completed a graduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

TOEFL/IELTS Scores

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT, or the International English Language Testing System(IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5. This requirement is waived for students who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States.

Credential Evaluation

Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES). All costs related to document evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility.

Interview

Qualified applicants will be contacted for a personal interview with the Admission Committee.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that her or his application is completed by the deadline. Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.


International Applicant Instructions

Please review the information below regarding other application materials that may be required for international applicants. 

Deadlines

Earlier deadlines may apply for international applicants to ensure that all immigration requirements can be met in time for you to enroll in the desired term. Contact your admission counselor with questions.

International Student Forms

International applicants for graduate study must complete the International Information section of the application form.

The U.S. government requires international applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses before the University can issue forms necessary to obtain a visa. International applicants must submit a Certification of Finances form.

Additional Documentation

Some international applicants may be required to submit additional documentation, such as a credential evaluation, language test scores, etc. Please review the application instructions for your graduate program for more information.

Submitting Materials

Please submit the Certification of Finances forms to the Office of Graduate Admission; review your graduate program application instructions for submitting educational documentation and test scores. The Admission Committee will not review your application until we have received all required documents. 

St. Catherine University 
Office of Graduate Admission 4027 
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Email: graduateadmission@stkate.edu
Telephone: 651.690.6933


Questions about the application process?

Email your admission counselor at any time, or call us during office hours (8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.).

Contact an admission counselor