Admission Requirements (DNP)

Allen College uses a holistic admission review. The process balances academic achievement, work experience, extra-curricular involvement, leadership, community service, diversity, as well as, other applicable life experiences.

  1. Complete the required application process, including submission of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  2. Applicants whose native language is not English must provide one form of English proficiency to Allen College.  See English proficiency in International Admissions.
  3. Submit three professional or academic letters of reference.
  4. Submit a copy of current resume or curriculum vitae, including work experience, educational, leadership and professional organization activities, and scholarly activities including publications, presentations, research, honors, and awards.
  5. Submit a statement of personal and professional goals:

In a maximum of two typed, double-spaced pages, prepare a personal essay that demonstrates advanced written communication skills and clarifies your purpose in pursuing a DNP. Handwritten essays will not be accepted. Please respond to the following questions:

  • Describe your clinical and leadership experience 
  • Describe your goals and objectives for professional growth through enrollment in and completion of the DNP program
  • Describe your intended clinical focus for doctoral study
  • Describe your vision for quality improvement in this area and identify resources available to accomplish this goal 
  • Describe how your goals and objectives for professional growth reflect the aims of Allen College’s DNP program

        6.    Submit a signed essential functions form;
        7.    Obtain a score of level 3.5 or higher on the analytic writing measure of the GRE Revised
               General Test;
        8.    Current, active, and unencumbered nursing license;
        9.    Completion of a course in statistics;
       10.   Copy of current CPR certification card;
       11.   Have a master’s degree with a major in nursing from a school accredited by the appropriate
               regional accrediting organization;
       12.   Have a minimum graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 on a 4.00 scale;
       13.   Completion of 600 contact hours of clinical or practicum experience in the master’s program.
               (The college reserves the right to evaluate applicants with less than 600 contact hours in the
               master’s program. If an applicant has less than 600 and is selected for admission the additional
               hours to total 1000 will be included in the plan of study). Graduates from Master’s program
               with a major in nursing, other than Allen College, must provide verification on clinical hours
               from the director of their NP program;
       14.   Provide evidence of national certification if applicable.

               An interview may be required.