Nursing (DNP Post-Master's): Eligibility and Prerequisite Requirements
A completed bachelor's 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).
A completed master's degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), or the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
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.
A current unencumbered nursing license.
Applicants must have two years of recent nursing experience, and currently hold an advanced nursing position such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, nurse executive, nurse informatician or nurse educator.
How do I Apply?
If you're a nurse in an advanced nursing position who is seeking to expand your knowledge and skills to transform healthcare delivery and education, St. Catherine University welcomes your application for admission into the post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program. Full information on admission requirements and procedures is listed below. As you explore the DNP program 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.
The application deadline is July 1 for fall enrollment. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2021 consideration.
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 will this DNP Program help you achieve these goals? Be specific.
In your opinion, what are the most pressing health concerns today? How would a DNP degree impact your ability to respond to these identified concerns?
What is your primary motivation for enrolling in a DNP program? How will this degree change the way you practice?
If you have already submitted the DNP 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 email@example.com with “Post Master's DNP Personal Statement” in the subject line.
Submit a current résumé highlighting professional and volunteer experiences.
If you have already submitted the DNP 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “Post Master's DNP Résumé” in the subject line.
Two recommendations are required for DNP 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 email@example.com.
Upon an offer of acceptance, applicants are required to submit official transcripts from 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org); 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.
The following information pertains to applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Please review the information below regarding other application materials that may be required for international applicants.
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 NursingCAS 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.
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.
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.
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Office of Graduate Admission 4027
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Saint Paul, MN 55105