We welcome your application for the St. Catherine University Dual DNP.
Apply anytime to start in Fall (September) semester. St. Kate’s has a streamlined admission process – no application fee, no GRE test – to accelerate your Dual DNP onboarding process.
If you have questions along the way, don’t hesitate to contact your admission counselor. They’re here to help!
Nursing (Dual-Degree) Eligibility and Prerequisite Requirements
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:
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).
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.
If you are unsure of your cumulative GPA, please use these instructions as a guide to help you determine if an explanatory statement is necessary.
A current unencumbered nursing license.
All applicants must have a minimum of one year of clinical practice prior to beginning the graduate program.
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.
Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application at the bottom of this page.
Currently, we are not accepting applications for Fall 2022. More information should be available soon.
Prepare a personal essay that demonstrates written communication skills and clarifying your purpose in pursuing a dual graduate program. All applicants whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 must also include an explanatory statement. Please submit one document addressing the following in separate essays and provide a separately titled section in the same document if submitting an Explanatory Statement. 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 are an applicant who does not meet the minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA requirement or received a grade of C or lower in any nursing course, please include an explanation of factors that affected previous academic performance, as well as your plan to ensure academic success in a graduate program. This statement should be limited to 400 words and is in addition to the personal statement described above.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with "DNP Dual Degree Personal Statement" in the subject line.
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 email@example.com with "DNP Dual Degree Résumé" in the subject line.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com); electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.
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.
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.
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.