Application Instructions For

nursing (DNP post-master's)

Our graduate programs are open to women and men. Please review the program eligibility requirements and application instructions prior to starting the graduate application process.

eligibility and prerequisite requirements

Before beginning the application process, review the pre-application requirements for this program.

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

Baccalaureate degree
A completed bachelor's 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).

Master's degree
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.

Nursing license
A current unencumbered nursing license.

Work experience
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.


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.

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

DEADLINES
The application deadline is May 1 (11:59 p.m. EST) for Fall admission. We strongly encourage candidates to complete the application process at least one month prior to the deadline to ensure that all materials are received. Only applications that are "complete" or "verified" by the deadline will be considered.

We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2018 enrollment. Applications for Fall 2019 may be submitted after September 1.

Applications for the DNP program are submitted through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). The following materials must be submitted directly to NursingCAS:

  • Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended (including PSEO coursework)*
  • Two recommendations. At least one recommendation should be from a current supervisor; the other recommendation may be from a professor or other employer. Please review instructions in NursingCAS regarding recommendation submissions.
  • Résumé

*Transcripts submitted to St. Catherine University as part of a previous application cannot be used to complete the NursingCAS process. All official transcripts must be submitted directly to NursingCAS, including an official transcript from St. Catherine for applicants who were previously enrolled here.

A personal statement is required as part of the application process. Specific questions to be addressed are located in the Program Materials section of the NursingCAS application (under the “Questions” tab).

We encourage candidates to begin the application process well in advance of the deadline to ensure that all materials are received.

Access the NursingCAS application materials and instructions.


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. Unofficial evaluation results must be reported in NursingCAS. If admitted into the DNP program, the official evaluation must be submitted to St. Catherine University directly from WES.

TOEFL 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. Official test scores must be submitted directly to St. Catherine University from the educational testing service as part of the application process.

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

Admission decisions are made by the Graduate Programs Interview Committee, which evaluates the applicant’s background, qualifications and readiness for admission. Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.


INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

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.

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 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.

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


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questions about the application process?

Email your admission counselor at any time, or call us during office hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

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